Friday Feature-4/5/13: A Sicilian Wunderkind and Ligurian Sea Monkeys

Hello and Happy Friday! 

Recently we’ve received many inquiries into upcoming tastings.


In the next couple weeks we should have a new events calendar out, including a save the date for Txakoholika, our annual celebration of the Basque wine Txakoli and the tradition of Pintxos bars.  Get ready!


In case you are new to the newsletter, or the earth in general, every Friday we have a tasting here at Perman Wine Selections called Routier.


Stop in any time between 5 and 8 pm, try a flight of wine, nibble on a small snack of a featured cheese and salted almonds, all for only $25.  This is the perfect send off to your weekend, so stop by after work or before heading out for dinner.


Tonight’s focus is on Biodynamic wines from the Languedoc.  Here is what is being poured:


2011 Maxime Magnon Corbieres Blanc ‘La Bégou’


2011 Château de la Liquière Faugeres Rouge ‘Les Amandiers’


2008 Clos Marie Pic Saint Loup Rouge ‘Simon’


Hope to see you there!




Now on to your regularly scheduled newsletter!


This week we focus on two very limited in production new releases from Italy:


A superb Nero d’Avola from Sicilian cult-producer Arianna Occhipinti.




One of the world’s most original sparkling wines from Piero Lugano of Bisson.


Let us begin the temptation!


Have a great weekend,

Craig & Sheb


Friday Feature 


2010 Occhipinti “Siccagno” Nero d’Avola


The wines of Arianna Occhipinti are some of the most sought after wines that come to my store.  When I receive 1 or 2 cases of her various new releases they are quickly snapped up.


How did this happen?


Arianna Occhipinti caught the wine bug from her Uncle Giusto Occhipinti, one of the founders of COS winery in the Cerasuolo di Vittoria appellation of Southeastern Sicily.


She launched her own wine label in 2004 starting with just one hectare of vines.  The estate has now grown to 10 hectares of vines, all organically farmed, with a focus on the Frappato and Nero d’Avola grapes that dominate the landscape.


What I love about the style of Arianna’s wines are their ability to remain true to the varietal, while at the same time maintaining a sense of harmony.


Her 2010 Nero d’Avola is truly a memorable wine.  Produced from 35 year-old, high-density planted vines.  Only natural yeasts are employed in fermentation, and aging takes place for 16 months in large 25 hectoliter Slovenian oak casks.


This exudes such aromatic complexity, with notes of dark cherry, wild herbs and licorice.  Wonderfully silky and medium-bodied with a rustic, wild character to it.  It remains, fresh and easy to drink, but one can also sense that this will evolve nicely in bottle over the next 6-8 years.


It would be an excellent compliment to grilled leg of lamb.






2010 Bisson “Abissi” Spumante Metodo Classico


The “underwater wine” is back!


Last year I received a tiny three bottle allocation of the second vintage ever of Bisson “Abissi.”  This year I was able to secure 6 bottles of this truly unique and delicious sparkling wine.


You should check out this great New York Time article about the wine.  It gives a detailed description behind the philosophy of aging a sparkling wine at the bottom the sea.


You can read it here!


Like last year, with such a limited supply of this wine available and many people clamoring to try it, those six bottles won’t last long!


Whether you are looking for a gift for someone that has “everything,” or gifting to yourself, this is a must-buy.


Free barnacles and sea monkeys with every purchase!



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