Sassicaia Dinner at Cilantro
There are few wines in the world that capture the imagination like Sassicaia. Its beginnings are simple, just a house wine for the Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta. He liked to entertain horse racing friends and dignitaries with products made from his Tuscan estate. For the early years of this most famous wine, you had to have a personal invite to dinner to taste it. Long after the first plantings, and after repeated suggestions from family, the wine immerged on the open market in 1971 with the 1968 vintage. It rose to global prominence immediately, being called a “…fairy tale wine…” by legendary Italian wine critic Luigi Veronelli. Only seven years later, Sassicaia destroyed a Decanter magazine Cabernet showdown, where it ruled the day over Bordeaux First Growths and California new comers. Sassicaia had become the first ‘Super Tuscan’ wine of Italy, heralding the way for other such blue chips as Ornellaia, Solaia and a mass of other Cabernet inspired wines from Tuscany. By the time the 1985 vintage came to market (a legendary bottle) Sassicaia was firmly on the lips of world collectors.
We are pleased to announce a beautiful evening at Cilantro, showcasing nine vintages of Sassicaia. We will taste through a variety of vintages, concluding the evening with a family style dinner to honor the humble origins of this great wine. We look forward to sharing this evening with you.
For tickets please call Cilantro at 403-830-9871
Where: Cilantro (338 17th Ave SW) 403-229-1177
When: March 26th, 2014
Guests: A total of 16 seats are available for this dinner
Price: $250 per person (includes gratuity and tax)
Lombardy more than sparkles
As a wine region Italy’s Lombardy zone is best known for the sub-region of Franciacorta, an area known mainly for sparkling wines, with the best examples rivaling those of Champagne. Lombardy produces over 1 million hectoliters of wine however, and there are currently 3 DOCG’s, 15 DOC’s and 13 IGT category wines within this northern region.
Customers of Bin 905 will recognize Bellavista (a phenomenal sparkling wine produced in the Champagne style) as our flagship wine from this region but Lombardy is on the move. Lambrusco, once considered a poor cousin to Franciacorta, is now delighting wine lovers with its fizzy red wine that pairs perfectly with casual fare like pizza and paninis (this region also extends into the Emilia Romagna region where Lambrusco is better-known). Check out the Lini Scuro Lambrusco ($20), the perfect wine to compliment a turkey sandwich, for example.
The region also produces some serious red wines, most notably Valtellina, but there are others as well. We recently had an opportunity to taste Civielle Pergola Valtenesi, Torrevilla Bonarda La Genisia Frizzante, Gaggiarone Bonarda and Vitgni Giovanni and were suitably impressed across the board. These wines are not in our market yet but keep an eye out for these producers in the future, Lombardy is worth watching.
On Thursday, June 20, Bin 905 was inundated with 3 feet of filthy disgusting flood water and muck. The store is now in the process of being
rebuilt, better and even more beautiful than it was before. In the interim we are operating out of our warehouse location. Our customers can still enjoy all the service, selection and expertise that
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