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Nov 23, 2013
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Love 'Real' Wine? Discover Angelini's Italian Gems; Top Prosecco for the Holidays

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Importing Bespoke Wines From Burgundy

Quality over quantity is another Angelini hallmark, and when it comes to one of the most hallowed wine regions in the world, Burgundy, the importer represents just one property—but it’s exactly the right property to bring a French component to Angelini’s predominantly Italian portfolio.

The lineup from Domaine Dublere includes Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses ($47.99), Davigny Les Beaune Les Planchots du Nord ($36.99), and Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds ($63.99).

A story in Business Week called the 2011 Savigny Les Beaune “bright, even sassy,” and one person who posted in a chat forum on rhapsodized in brief about the Volnay 1er Cru : “… beautiful fruit, well-balanced and a long smooth finish.”

“The winery is owned by American Blair Pethel who also makes the wines,” Angelini said in release announcing its association with Domaine Dublere

Pethel was living in London in the 1980s when he traveled to Burgundy and fell in love with it, the release said. “With no prior wine education, Pethel enrolled at the Lycee Viticole of Beaune, apprenticed with several well-respected winemakers and in 2004 made his first vintage."

“American Blair Pethel is a man of multiple talents,” says “He was an actor, a concert pianist and a journalist before finding his vocation: vigneron. When living in London in the 1980’s he discovered Burgundy (both the wines and the region) which ultimately resulted in Blair attending the Lycée Viticole in Beaune in 2004. Here he was a classmate of David Clark with whom he now shares some equipment. Blair owns a few vineyards himself, but most of the wines he produces are from bought-in grapes. But he does all the vineyard work himself, even in the vineyards he doesn’t own. Blair is very serious about attention to detail. Not just in the vineyard but also in the winery: he has his own little laboratory to do all the technical analysis, and he filters all the water he uses in the cuverie! It will come as no surprise that the wines “du Blair” are very well made."

“We are excited to include Domaine Dublere in our portfolio, said Julius Angelini. “Burgundy is one of the world’s most important wine regions and we had been searching for a winery that shared our philosophy of making ‘unadultured’ wines; wines that true and not manipulated; wines that are true to their terroir—Domaine Dublere is a perfect fit. We look forward to working with Domaine Dublere and representing their wines.”

For more, see the Domaine Dublere page on the Angelini website.

Angelini’s Standout Estate Red Wines: Sangiovese & Beyond

Angelini Estate  Sangiovese Riserva

Type: Red / Sangiovese
Year: 2007
Region: Marche
Varietal:     100% Sangiovese
Color:     Ruby red
Bouquet:     Notes of cherries, ripe berries, leather and vanilla
Taste:     Great structure, finesse, beautiful legs and noble tannins
Food Pairing:     Filet mignon and other grilled meats
Serving Temp:     68° F (20° C)
Suggested Retail:     24.99

See the Angelini estate wines page for descriptions like the one above for all the estate wines.

And, finally, enjoy!

Love 'Real' Wine? Discover Angelini's Italian Gems; Top Prosecco for the Holidays

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