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Tasting Notes with JMAN | Pork Belly & Germano Ettore Brut
Pork Belly & Ettore

2014 Germano Ettore Brut, Piedmont, Italy

Bam! Nice surprise when I first tasted this stuff.

Ettore produces fantastic Barolos but this sparkling wine made from 100% Nebbiolo is so delicious and complex. From a winemaking standpoint Nebbiolo is a challenge in the vineyard and at the winery, so it must be a challenge for the winemakers to turn Nebbiolo into a traditional method Sparkling rose.

From the Northwest region of Piedmont, Nebbiolo is one of the most famous Noble grapes of Italy. It’s high acid and tannin levels make this a red wine that has real potential for multi-decade aging.

-COLOR:  Light Salmon

-NOSE:  Aromas of black cherry, white flowers, earth, and some solid mineral notes to keep in balance

-PALATE:  Dry, medium-full body, lean, rustic, with a touch of tannins on the finish!

This is a great gift for wine enthusiasts who enjoy good quality and unique wines!

Josh, The Sommelier

This tasty sparkling wine pairs perfectly with a new item on our January menu. I really love this dish - it has just the right amount of fun, flavor, and decadence you look for in a starter. We slow braise strips of pork belly that have been cured in salt and spices overnight. We then chill it and slice it to sear on the pick up. The crispy, savory, and rich meat is contrasted by house-made harissa and horseradish aioli. Fried chickpeas and micro cilantro finish the dish. 🍴 Tia Harrison

Pork Belly
Harissa, crispy chick peas, horseradish aioli, cilantro




Tasting Notes with JMAN

Time for more bubbles?

For my first blog, it felt fitting to showcase a Franciacorta DOCG wine from the Lombardy region in Italy.

When it comes to the best sparkling wines of Italy check out Franciacorta. Franciacorta is classified as a DOCG area. Producers are allowed to use Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Bianco, but this bottling from Ferghettina is made from 100% Pinot Noir. 
Franciacorta is vinified in the traditional champagne method and goes through the same aging process (in the bottle) as Champagne.

-COLOR: is deep salmon pink, with tight bubbles

-NOSE: Delicate and inviting aromas of fresh red fruits and a touch of herbs.....

-PALATE: Youthful flavors of more red fruits, citrus, and a touch of toast. Medium in body, dry and a long finish. 

Though this wine is perfect on its own (and good friends) it echoes food well and can stand up to some of the heavier pasta dishes on our menu like Pappardelle Pasta with Braised Duck.

And it's PERFECT for breaking the New Year's Eve!!

Josh, The Sommelier