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Snooth User: spikedc

Roman Gift

Posted by spikedc, Mar 1, 2011.

My daughter is going to Italy (Rome) at Easter and she wants to bring me back a bottle or two  as a present.  Any suggestions !



Reply by dmcker, Mar 1, 2011.

I'd suggest a good bottle (each!) of:

  • Brunello di Montalcino (Toscana)
  • Barolo (Piemonte)
  • Grappa (many regions, including those mentioned for the others)
  • and maybe even Amarone (the Veneto)

You probably should give her some cash to help with the purchase(s), too!

If you're amenable to any of these suggestions, we can talk about specific options.  ;-)

Reply by spikedc, Mar 2, 2011.

dmcker, as nice as your suggestions sound there probably a bit rich for a student daughter even with me supplementing (already paying for her holiday).

Not really tried any Italian wines, although i would love to try a Barolo. Maybe a good quality Chianti, Sangiovese.  Whites also Pinot Grigio ?


Reply by dmcker, Mar 2, 2011.

How many bottles do you want to talk about, and what's the budget?

I'd focus on reds over whites if capacity is limited.

Reply by spikedc, Mar 2, 2011.

Probably only 2 or 3 with a budget of around €20 each

Reply by dmcker, Mar 3, 2011.

Have her look for some Chianti Classico Riserva for Sangiovese, and maybe a lower end (pricewise) Barolo or Barbaresco for nebbiolo. Obviously both reds.

If a white, I'd look at a pinot bianco (pinot blanc) from the Alto Adige before a generic pinot grigio. Also some cheap options from down south in Campania that are refreshing. Then there's also Prosecco (sparkling) from the Veneto.

If you're interested in these options we can talk specifics...

Reply by spikedc, Mar 3, 2011.

dmcker, think I'll stick with the reds, it would be nice if you can recommend a few so my daughter can go armed with a list, Classico Riserva and Barbaresco sound good.


Reply by hhotdog, Mar 4, 2011.

maybe she can find something in her birth year?  recently i've begun the hunt myself.  such a great idea for a special occasion down the road. could bring back memories of her trip and of course her birthday!

Reply by Richard Foxall, Mar 4, 2011.

Don't overlook the second wine of Piedmont, dolcetto.  Lots of good options for less money.  Also, some de-classified nebbiolo from the Langhe might be interesting.  And there's aglianicos of all styles, and if she's up in the Alto Adige, lagreins that are harder to find than chiantis, etc.  Just some off the cuff, out of the usual ideas if Barolos, Barbarescos and Brunellos are too expensive.  Plus you can find those where you are.

Reply by bropaul, Mar 8, 2011.

Pardon me, if I object. If she's going to Rome, might I suggest some wines from the area. Chianti and the wines from Piedmont are fairly well known and I suspect widely available. Though not well known for its reds, the regions of Lazio and Umbria produce some lovely wines and ones you might not find locally. Although spikedc expressed a preference for reds, the region is better known for its whites. I would suggest a Frascati superiore or an Orvieto superiore. For reds, a Cesanese del Piglio from Lazio, while not earth shattering, would be something interesting for a wine lover to sample. A Sagratino di Montefalco in Umbria would be a lovely gift, in my opinion. Both are local varietals. The Casale del Giglio winery in Lazio is making some very interesting wines combining Old and New World grapes. I would also suggest that she visit Palatium, via Frattina,94 near the Spanish Steps which is both a wine bar and eatery run by the region of Lazio that showcases the wines and foods of Lazio.

Reply by hhotdog, Mar 8, 2011.

Casel del Giglio was a fav. when i was in italy 11years ago on my honeymoon...found some about 8 years ago from the same vintage and it was still ok!  not sure of how ageworthy it is or was?  not as wonderful as when we had it (ok...we were in Italy) but what a find!!  she should try a bunch...and i mean a bunch of wine...she will be in Italy!!!  it will remind her and you of her incredible times on her trip.  Italy is so wonderful and inspiring.  have her bring back something she loved while she was there and the both of you can talk about the sites and the wonderful things she expirienced while she was there!  damn i miss Italy!

Reply by Vine Master Fanucchi, Mar 8, 2011.

The only thing I could reccomend is make sure it is very good and that it is from a small producer who dosn't already have it widely exported to your area.

Reply by dmcker, Mar 9, 2011.

Good suggestions, bropaul, but I'd really question myself if I was dragging home a frascati or orvieto in place of a barbaresco or brunello or amarone....

Reply by spikedc, Mar 9, 2011.

Thanks guys,

I'll give her a list of your reco's and see what she comes back with.

Only trouble is she is not a wine lover so she might not try any whilst she is over there.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Mar 9, 2011.

I'm going to be on the lookout for some of bropaul's recommendations around here.  It's good to go off the beaten path.  We are lucky to have a few restaurants here -- A Cote chief among them--that stock the unusual Italian wines regularly.  I like the idea of not bringing back something you can get at home. 

Reply by spikedc, Apr 13, 2011.

My daughter is back from Italy, brought me a couple of bottles on a limited budget and limited wine knowledge (she lost the list of reco's i gave her), don't think she spent to much time searching too busy enjoying herself (can't say i blame her) anyway she bought.....

Chianti Classico Reserva Collina Del Sole 2007

Amarone Collina Del Sole 2007

Both from Distilleria Bottega

Don't know when i'll get around to trying them yet.


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