Bellino Does Vino

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ANGELO GAJA With 2009 GAJA BARBARESCO
Wine Spectator Grande Tasting New York 2013
Photo Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
GAIA GAJA

TERLATO TASTING

OCTOBER 2013
NEW YORK
 
Photo Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
The BARONESS ROTHSCHILD
At Wine SPectator Grande Tastin New York
2013
 
Photo Daniel Bellino Zwicke
Imbroglio Folnari
Castello Nozzole
Greve in Chianti
With Famed Super Tuscan “IL Pareto”
 
Photo Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
SEBASTIANO ROSA WINMAKER OF SASSICAIA
AND GARI PUNIC “BARUA”
WITH DEGREZIA WINEDIRECTOR DANIEL BELLINO-ZWICKE
 
Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
With Giancarlo Grasso
and
His Great Barolo Runcot
 
 
 
Elena Penna Curado
With One of Her Family’s 
Famed VIETTI BAROLO’S 
at Wine Spectator Grand Tasting
 
Photo by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
DeGrezia Wine Director and Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
Flanked bt Two of Italy’s Greatest Wine Guys
Marches Lambero Frescobaldi (Left)
And His Uncle Marchese Leonardo Frescobaldi
At Wine SPectator Grande Tasting in NEW YORK
 
FAMED WINEMAKER
SEBASTIANO ROSA
And HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE
At THE WINE SPECTATOR GRANDE TASTING
NEW YORK
SASSICAIA  2009
From TENTA SAN GUIDO
AND FAMED WINMEAKER
SEBASTIANO ROSA
 
“THIS WINE IS da BOMB”
ONE of THE GREATEST SASSICAIA VINTAGES EVER
OPUS ONE
FROM
THE BARON ROTHCHILD & ROBERT MONDAVI
NEW YORK, NY
2013
BORDEAUX
Cos D’ Esternol
A GLASS 
of CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC 
and a PASTRAMI SANDWICH
 
“ONLY In NEW YORK” !!!
 
At Marriott Marquis
NEW YORK
 
 
 
WINEMAKER ALESSANDRO CELLAI (Castellare)
And Wine Director DANIEL BELLINO-ZWICKE
At DeGrezia Restorante NEW YORK
MASI AMARONE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BOOKS by DANIEL BELLINO-ZWICKE … ITALIAN NEW YORK FOOD & WINE
 

BAROLO and BARBARESCO

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NEBBIOLO
 
 
The Grapes of BAROLO & BARBARESCO
 
 
 
 
BAROLO
 
 
A Bottle of GIACOMO CONTERNO BAROLO 1967
 
 
 
 
 

 
The WINES of BAROLO & BARBARESCO
 
 
Watch The Video
 
 
 
 
 
A BAROLO WINE CELLAR
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pouring a Glass of BAROLO
 
 
 
 
 
 
One of The Greatest of All BARBARESCO Wines
 
 
BARBARESCO Santa Stefano – CASTELLO Di NEIVE
 
 
From the Great ITALO STUPINO
 
 
“The KING of BARBARESCO”
 
ITALO STUPINO in NEW YORK
 
with Author DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE
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SUNDAY SAUCE
 
by DANIEL BELLINO “Z”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BAROLO GIUSEPPE RINALDI
 
 
 
 
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Planeta Wines of Sicily

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The WINES of PLANETA
 
 
 
 

FRANCESCA PLANET Talks Planeta Wine
 
with Author New York Italian Wine Guy Daniel Bellino “Z”
 
 
 
 
The VINEYARDS of PLANETA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA
 
by DANIEL BELLINO “Z”
 
 
 
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Italian Wines of Winebow New York

 

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ITALY’S GREATEST DESSERT WINES

by Fausto Maculan

VENETO

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Princess ‘s of The VENETO

Ms Maculan with Nadia Zenato

of Maculan & Zenato Wines

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ZENATO AMARONE CLASSICO

della VALPOLICELLA

“ONE of THE BEST” !!!

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The KING of BARBARESCO Itilo Stupino of Castelo di Neive

with author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

at Winebow Fall Portfolio Tasting 2016

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BELLINO & STUPINO

Winemaker with Writer

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M. FIORI

of PODERE SCALETTE

with IL CARBIONAIONE & CHIANTI

from the Family Estate

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SUNDAY SAUCE

by Daniel Bellino “Z”

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Arianna Occhipinti

at her vineyard in Vittoria

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FRAPPATTO

OCCHIPINTI

Arianna Occhipinti is a young producer Sicilian calling itself “natural”, a girl with clear ideas who knew how to shine within a few years thanks to a production with a defining style certainly different from the vast majority of Sicilian wines, and this does not just because its wines fall into the ranks of the natural so-called , the wines are the opposite of what you can imagine thinking of Sicilian and southern wines in general , often marmellatosi, iperfruttati, slow and heavy.
Arianna produces its wines from grapes grown following the dictates of ‘ biodynamic agriculture , its wines fall, in fact, in the selection of wines Triple A , vinification occurs without the temperature control and with only native yeasts, everything ago is that the its wines are certainly more healthy as it does not contain residues of chemical poisons and moreover, each vintage but even every bottle is not identical to the other because the natural wine is anything but certified to a standard, it certainly can happen to be dealing with a volatile wire, but it is easy to postpone when you think you’re drinking something unconventional and inevitably unique.

The vines cultivated by Arianna Occhipinti are Frappato which produces purity of the wines, coupled with Nero d’Avola red instead born SP68, the Albanello and Muscat that together give life instead to white SP68. From the vineyards of Nero d’Avola was born Siccagno, unique interpretation , diametrically different from the usual undergone by the most famous Sicilian grape. Siccagno is a red wine of great elegance, freshness and extraordinary drinkability. Ruby red color concentrated but not impenetrable, expresses aromas of blackberries and other fruits blacks, vegetal notes and undergrowth. It needs a little time to indulge, he does it on the Mediterranean notes, balsamic hints of eucalyptus, refined, warm, wide mining, driven by a vital freshness and a fine tannin, the finish is in perfect balance, long finish. Aged for 18 months in barrels of oak.

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Arianna gets her hands dirty .. In a most Delightful way !!!

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93 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: August, 2016Arianna Occhipinti has outdone herself with the 2014 Il Frappato. This is a wine of character and personality. It flaunts those slightly rustic edges with charm and confidence. The bouquet opens to ripe blueberry, raspberry and dried cassis. The quality of fruit shows good integrity and balance. You don’t notice any of the raw or unclean smells you sometimes get with wines made in such a natural and non-interventionist approach. The nose is pristine. In the mouth, Il Frappato delivers vibrant acidity and snappy fruit flavors. More than any other wine, this vintage and this producer can claim to have produced something close to a Pinot Nero with an all-Sicilian soul.

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91 pts.Wine Enthusiast: August, 2016This earthy red opens with funky but appealing aromas of tilled soil, crushed black olive and ripe berry. The juicy, medium-bodied palate provides crunchy tart red cherry, succulent raspberry, ground pepper, energizing mineral and a gamey note. Ripe tannins and bright acidity provide the framework.

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90+ pts.Vinous: December, 2016Dark ruby-red. Perfumed aromas and flavors of candied violet, red currant, aromatic herbs and orange peel. Finishes very long and floral, and richer and deeper than the SP68 Rosso, but with its same prickly palate sensation. I normally love this wine and find it is Occhipinti’s best wine, and in fact a second bottle was much deeper and richer, so my score is an average of the two single scores.

 

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OCCHIPINTI SP68

70% Frappato / 30% Nero’d Avola

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Learn How to Cook Sicilian

with Daniel Bellino’s

GRANDMA BELLINO’S ITALIAN COOKBOOK

“Recipes From My SICLIAN GRANDMOTHER”

AVAILABLE on AMAZON

RECIPES

CAPONATA

TIMBALLO

PASTA con SARDE

RAGU SICILIANA

and more …

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Brunello Valdicava 2007

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MONTALCINO
The Summit
M. LISINI of LISINI with His Fine Offerings of LISINI BRUNELLO 2007
and LISINI Brunello Uggolaia riserva 2006
TWO GREAT BRUNELLOS
 
 

 

GIACOMMO CASANOVA
of CASANOVA NERI
with CASANOVA NERI BRUNELLO TENUTA NUOVA

 

VINCENZO ABRUZZESSE (Right)
with His GREAT BRUNELLO VALDCAVA 2007
 
 
 

   Well I was wondering what to expect when my cousin Joe asked me if I wanted to go to Brunello tasting at City Winery with him. He said it was with James Suckling (a Top guy at Wine Spectator and # 1 with Italian Wines for WSp) and David Suckiling.. Joe didn’t give me details so I figured it was a Wine Spectator Event which is usually more about a lot of BSing making Money for the Wine Spectator and Markin Shanken as well as sucking up than anything else. Well me being in the wine and restaurant industry for more than 20 years, I go to a multitude of industry Wine Tastings, Wine Luncheons and Wine Dinners along with other events of the highest caliber. this tasting was geared toward retail buyers and novice wine enthusiast, a pay to go to event. Not the kind I usually go to, mine are more of the insider type. Well my cousin Joe wanted to go, so I went along for the ride. The day of the event I went on line to see what it was all about. It was not a Wine Spectator Event but one held and organized by James Suckling and David Sokolin. Ok. I wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary. My cousin drove in from Long island and met me at my house (apartment in Greenwich Village). We walked over to City Winery. I saw my friend Marco poring a wine and went over to his table. It was the Brunello Normale 2007 from Fabio Tassi. Wow! It was great and a precursor of things to come. The Tassi Brunello 2007 was outstanding. i couldn’t beleive my eyes. My tastebuds. This wine was a perfect textbook Brunello, perfectly balance, correct in weight, not too heavy not too light but full of wonderful and perfect Sangiovese Grosss taste. The tasi Brunello Franci Riserva 2006 was equally good. Excuse me great! oh and by the way, this tasting was one special one as the wines being tasted, the Brunello di Montalcino 2007 and Brunello Riservas 2006 where two back to back vintages where of the highest caliber of ratings of mid-90s fro each vintage as a vintage overall. Outstanding, the pair of 2007 Normale and 2006 Riserva Brunellos. It’s hard for me to remember back when I tasted so many great wines at one tasting. I was shocked. when after wine, Brunello after marvelous Brunello were oustanding. I couldn’t believe it. they were almost all good. “Excuse me, Great!” All except for those offerings of Capanna and Uccelliera fo which neither of these producers thrilled me with their offerings as almost all others did.

   As I stated, pretty much all the the Brunello on hand were outstanding, well balanced, tasty and indicative of what great Brunello should taste like. 


Here is a list of the standouts:

Valdcava Brunello Di Montalcino 2007

Valdcava Brunello Di Montalcino Del Piano Riserva 2006

Carpzao Brunello Di Montalcino 2007

Carparzo Brunello Di Montalcino 2006 Riserva

Poderina Brunello Di Montalcino 2007

 Poderina Brunello Di Montalcino 2006 Riserva

Lisini Brunello Di Montalcino 2007

Livio Sassetti Brunello Di Montalcino “Pertamali” 2007

Tassi Brunello Di Montalcino 2007

Brunello Di Montalcino Castello Banfi 2007

Silvio Nardi Brunello Di Montalcino 2007

Silvio Nardi Brunello Di Montalcino Vigneto Manachiara 2006

 

 





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Daniel Bellino Zwicke