Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jimmy's Food Store Wine Tasting

A trip to Jimmy's Food Store, a quaint Italian tratorria where you can dine alfresco, inside at small tables, or in back of the deli in their wine room, is certainly worth the drive. There you'll feel as though you've been transported to Italy itself, enjoying the beautiful mural on the wall, the aroma of Italian foods, and the occasional Italian spoken around every corner. 

I subscribe to monthly newsletters from this fine establishment in order to keep  informed of all the wine tastings and events they offer their customers. For example, every Saturday there are free in-store tastings at certain hours of the day and they offer a wine tasting dinner each month.

We attended the wine tasting/dinner in late March. Here's our representative from Stefano Farina Imports. Because we do not speak Italian and he does, we had quite the difficulty understanding his English, but it didn't keep anyone from understanding when to taste the wine and dine on the scrumptious foods!

Before this beautiful salad was served, we enjoyed a Prosecco Superiore Spumante Extra Dry DOCG, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene ($20). 

With our salads, we tasted a 2012 Gavi Di Gavi, ($27) which we loved and purchased. It's made from the Cortese grape, a white Italian wine grape variety predominately grown in the southeastern regions of Piedmont in the provinces of Alessandria and Asti. It has a moderate acidity and pairs well with local seafoods.  The dry taste feature makes it an excellent aperitif.

The next wine we tasted was a 2008 Sassaia Di Albereto Sangiovese Di Toscana IGT ($27). This is a dry red 100% Sangiovese wine best paired with any kind of meats, game, or seasoned cheeses. Delicious enough to purchase!

Another wine we had was a 2009 Chanti Classico Riserva DOCG ($36), which we also purchased. It is another dry red wine made of 100% Sangiovese grapes. Totally different from the one above.

The next three we did not buy, but they were good wines.

2004 Silenzio Barbera D'Alba DOC ($33), a dry red wine.

La Rosa Barolo DOCG ($55), considered the "king of wines" amongst Italian wines.

Le Bocce Novembre IGT Bianco Di Toscana Late Harvest ($30) which was too sweet for me. It reminded me of port wine.

Here's a collection of the wines served that night!

So much fun and meeting great people we've never met before was a plus! We sat by another Don and Vickie! How unusual is that!