Three Themed Varietals Offered Once Per Week
Starts Thursday, September 1
Runs Weekly on Wednesdays Thereafter from 5-10 p.m.
Due Lire Vino & Cucina, the charming neighborhood Italian restaurant located in Lincoln Square, will introduce a month-long, wine flight fete in September. Beginning on Thursday, September 1 (also known as “Cabernet Day”), Due Lire will offer one specialty flight of wine per day (runs thereafter on Wednesdays). The wine flights are three pours of 2.5 ounces of wine ($12). The schedule is outlined below.
All of the wines have been carefully hand-selected by boisterous proprietor Massimo Di Vuolo to perfectly pair with Chef Kevin Abshire’s authentic and creative Italian cuisine. For each themed day, Massimo has selected a trio of wines that are typically not available by the glass pour. Chef Abshire’s full dinner menu will be available to pair with the wines.
Thursday, 9/1: Cabernet Day
Wednesday, 9/7: German Inspired Wines
Wednesday, 9/14: Bubbly
Wednesday, 9/21: Sangiovese… Beyond Chianti
Wednesday, 9/28: Spanish Wines… Almost the Same Roots
Week One: Thursday, September 1
Cabernet Day Flight $12
The “Cabernet Day Flight” highlights how the mighty cabernet grape is used in Italian wine making.
(1) Lagone Aia Vecchia 2008. Super Tuscan style blends of Cab, Cab Franc and Merlot. Great example of Tuscan independent wine making approach.
(2) Tenuta Sant’antonio Capitel del Monte 2007. Softer approach to Cab from the Veneto. Softer tannins, little lighter in the body with long velvety flavors.
(3) Umberto Cesari Liano 2007. Amazing blend of Sangiovese/Cab from Emilia Romagna. Wonderful artwork of power and personality. Perfectly rounded wine with great tannins and subtle aroma of vanilla, dark fruit and spices. A true gem!
Week Two: Wednesday, September 7
German Inspired Wines $12
German Fest that takes place on this weekend in Lincoln Square. The featured wines will focus on grapes typical of the German wine making heritage and tradition.
(1) Clean Slate Riesling 2009 Mosel Germany. 100% Riesling from the Mosel slopes. Great example of the traditional German wine making. Undertone sweetness balanced with a great minerality is the foundation of the fresh peach flavor of this wine.
(2) Pojer & Sandri Muller Thurgau 2009 Alto Adige Italy. 100% Muller Thurgau from the Dolomite Alps.
(3) Andriano St Magdlener 2008 Alto Adige Italy. Blend of Schiava/Lagrein indigenous grapes from the Tyrol area (once part the Austrian German Empire)
Week Three: Wednesday, September 14
From frizzante to spumante, this week Italian wines features include a hint of bubbles and sweetness.
(1) Casteggio Sangue di Giuda 2010 Lombardia, Italy. Blend of Barbera and Moscato grapes from very unique area in Italy. Dry with a hint of sweetness. Lovely aperitif wine.
(2) Buglioni “Il Vigliacco” rose’ 2009 Veneto, Italy. 100% Molinara Grape (one of the grapes used to make amarone and valpolicella) from the Valpolicella area in Veneto. How versatile one varietal can be in the right hands.
(3) Gagliardo Villa M Brachetto 2009 Piemonte, Italy. 100% Brachetto grapes from the Monferrato Hills light pressed and fermented. Nice sweetness and very approachable alcohol content.
Week Four: Wednesday, September 21
Sangiovese… Beyond Chianti $12
This weeks we feature a selections of wines showing how Toscana’s famous Sangiovese (or clone) is used to achieve such different but at the same time amazing results.
(1) Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmigniano 2008 Tuscany. Sangiovese clone blended with 15% Cab and Cab Franc. An indigenous clone and typical style of that area in Tuscany.
(2) Carpineto Chianti Classico 2009 Tuscany. A truly expression of traditional Chianti from the oldest area of the growing Chianti region.
(3) La Spinetta Il Nero di Casanova Sangiovese 2007 Tuscany. 100% Sangiovese grape. A wonderful rich, deep Sangiovese build by one of most classic and at the same time innovative wine producer in Italy.
Week Five: Wednesday, September 28
Spanish Wines… Almost the Same Roots $12
A great country with great food, amazing wines and stellar soccer teams. The picks of this week will show how two different cuisine and wine making style can complement each other.
(1) Raventos Perfume de Vin Blanc 2010 Penedes, Spain. Great blend of Macabeo/Muscat from the Cataluña region. A refreshing floral white wine made with the same varietal used in the production of Cava.
(2) Bodega Torremoron Tempranillo Ribero del Duero 2008 Spain. 100% organic tempranillo from old vines. A Spanish wine! Intense, bright pure expression of this land.
(3) Alvaro Palacios Caminos del Priorat 2008 Spain. Carignan, Garnacha, Cab and Syrah blend. Great wine from one of the most revered winemaker in Spain. A Spanish take on Bordeaux style.
Due Lire Vino & Cucina
4520 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625