A Journey Through Italy (Tier 1-3) 6 btls: Reduced

January 3, 2013
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We created this case to highlight just what is so great about Italian wines: variety. An amazingly valued sneak peek at some of Italy’s classic wines: 1st, 2nd & 3rd tier wines with plaudits and high scores from the likes of Robert Parker….

Price: ¥999

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Alexander Grappa Cellini 700ml

December 13, 2011
Alexander Grappa Cellini  700ml

Appearance: Colourless and clear. Aroma: Hints of fresh fruits and wild flowers. Taste: Fresh, powerful, modern. Persistent flavour of fresh fruits.

Price: ¥155

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Bottega Sambuca Bianco Cellini 700ml

December 12, 2011
Bottega Sambuca Bianco Cellini 700ml

Appearance: Sambuca is an Italian aniseed-flavoured, usually colourless liqueur. Its most common variety is often referred to as white Sambuca.

Price: ¥104

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Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico DOCG: New Wine* Commended 2014

March 1, 2015
Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico

This is why we drink Chianti. Forget stupid dried grass covered nonsense ‘flasks’ sold by idiots in tat shops on poor advice. This is a thing of real beauty. Ruby-red tending towards garnet. Elegant, with delicate scents of violets. Well-balanced and dry, with good structure and a velvety texture. A perfect accompaniment for the richly flavoured dishes of the traditional Chianti cuisine, as well as for grilled meats and aged cheeses.

Price: ¥265

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Chiaro Pinot Grigio IGT: New Wine

February 27, 2015
Chiaro Pinot Grigio IGT

Generally speaking, I am interested in more body in a wine than is on offer here. but for the money we really can’t grumble too much. Zonin’s PG has more of that body that I am talking about. Maybe interested parties can test the both to find out which floats their personal tastebud boat..

Price: ¥94

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Chiaro Primitivo IGT: New Wine: Wine Man Pick

February 27, 2015
Chiaro Primitivo IGT

A very welcome surprise, this wine, which has adorned portfolio and been leaving our shelves for almost 4 years without a webpage; yet the ghastly label put me off. The Prosecco from these guys is perfectly drinkable too, Dark ruby red in colour with violet highlights. The bouquet is intense with nuances of plum, black cherry and earthy, spicy aromas. The palate is medium-bodied and offers forward fruit, balanced acidity and round tannins.

Price: ¥94

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Chiaro Prosecco Sparkling: New Wine

February 27, 2015
Chiaro Prosecco Sparkling

Prosecco is on the up, up, up and the moment. No doubt about that. Pages and pages are being written about it online. ‘Bubbles’ is always satisfying, but unlike Champagnes which can be quite heavy (if there’s a lot of Pinot Noir in the blend), Proseccos are lighter and fresher, and the fruit seems always vibrant with a nice balancing acidity.

Price: ¥115

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Cinzano Prosecco: Wine Man Pick: Out of Stock

November 4, 2011
Cinzano Prosecco

“A brut sparkling wine created from predominately Prosecco grapes in the northern Veneto region of Italy in the foothills of the Alps. It is crisp and clean with overtones of citrus, melon, lemon, almonds, and honey. It pairs nicely with seafood, salads and light pastas.”

Price: ¥130

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Enrico Serafino (Tier 1-3) 6 btls (includes a GOLD Medal Barolo) BIN END

October 21, 2015
Enrico Serafino (1st & 2nd & 3rd Tier Wines)

When our current stock is depleted, the last of these top drawer Serafino wines of Piedmont will be all gone. They are pulling out of China. We re-instated the REDUCED line-up for this, part of my Italian Fantasy case, for a swansong. 2012 Gavi, 2012 Barbera D’Asti. The (Gold Medal Awarded) Barolo 2008 & Barbaresco 2009. Unavailable anywhere else in the country at our prices and soon to be all gone, we lament the phasing out of this producer’s forays to the Middle Kingdom.

Price: ¥1,100

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Enrico Serafino Barbaresco DOCG: BIN END. SHUCKS!

November 3, 2011
Enrico Serafino Barbaresco DOCG

Barbaresco is one of the world’s most important wines. We have a treat here. A serious wine for you, seriously under-priced. This Special Italian red is a rich and seriously structured wine from the Piedmont region of Italy. The nose has intense Violets and spices. The complex and velvet smooth flavours…

Price: ¥265

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Enrico Serafino Barbera D’Asti DOCG: Wine Man Pick: BIN END

December 3, 2012
Enrico Serafino Barbera D'Asti DOCG

This is the most interesting food friendly sub ¥130 wine in Shanghai. More refined & interesting than anything costing ¥40-60 more, from both the old and new world. Astonishing. We have been ‘testing’ this wine every month now for 2 years: ~25 bottles. It’s ‘that good’. Intense violet colour, typical perfumes of cherries. Intense & rich nose. Lashings of bright acid. Pizza-Pasta partner perfection. And NOW the 2011 vintage has settled down nicely into a sublime experience: Yippee!

Price: ¥160

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Enrico Serafino Barolo DOCG: GOLD Medal: Wine Man Pick BIN END

November 3, 2011
Enrico Serafino Barolo DOCG

This famous Italian red is a world renowned, top echelon wine; elegant and harmonious from the Piedmont region of Italy. Expect a very big wine packing an enormous barrage of flavours. Intense liquorice, tobacco and vanilla. The complex and velvet smooth flavours will reward the patient drinker further…

Price: ¥355

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Enrico Serafino Dolcetto D’Alba DOC: Wine Man Pick: ALL GONE

November 3, 2011
Enrico Serafino Dolcetto D'Alba D.O.C.

Here we have an Italian wine whose artisan qualities really add to the dining / drinking experience. Nicely presented, classy lines and great taste. Dolcetto D’Alba is a first-class wine featuring an intense bouquet of cherry, plum and spices. This low price is due to our direct buying power. No-where else in Shanghai can this price be matched.

Price: ¥160

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Enrico Serafino Gavi DOCG: Back in stock

November 3, 2011
Enrico Serafino Gavi DOCG

A sad loss; this wine will no longer be available in China. Gavi is among the elite wines of Piedmont and one of the best white wines in the world. 100% Cortese grapes make this delicately scented, full bodied and fresh DOCG wine. There is a distinctive, subtle floral fragrance. The tannins are appealing and there’s plenty of acidity.

Price: ¥150

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Firriato Branciforti Dei Bordonard Catarrato Bianco IGT Sicily: New Wine

March 1, 2015
Firriato Branciforti Dei Bordonard Catarrato Bianco IGT Sicily

The white “Branciforti” presents a brilliant straw yellow colour with greenish reflections. It boasts a beautifully fragrant bouquet that has notes of meadow flowers and ripe pears. Through its balanced acidity, this wine is an ideal complement to appetizers and seafood.

Price: ¥102

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Firriato Branciforti Rosso IGT Sicily: Wine Man Pick: New Wine

March 1, 2015
Firriato Branciforti Rosso IGT Sicily

Delicious red fruits bouquet. The palate is round with an extraordinary balance. Pairing Ideal accompaniment to roast, grilled meat, game and flavoured medium-aged cheese. Traditional vinification in red fermenters; Period of fermentation 10 days.

Price: ¥108

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Firriato Emporio Bianco IGT Sicily: New Wine

March 1, 2015
Firriato Emporio Bianco IGT Sicily

It appears a straw yellow color with a hue of green. Floral and muture pear nose. It also has a pleasant continuous acidity. Food matching: Salads, seafood or Pasta.

Price: ¥78

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Firriato Emporio Rosso IGT Sicily: New Wine

February 1, 2015
Firriato Corinzio/Emporio Rosso IGT Sicily

A bright, lively ruby-red colour. Vinous bouquet, fresh and attractive, with rich fruity tones. Dry but well-balanced flavour: extremely easy to drink. Food Matching: Ideal to enjoy with some grilled white meat and vegetables or with pasta or noodles.

Price: ¥78

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Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG

December 19, 2011
Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG

The most famous wine from the estate, Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG, defines the appellation. Classic Chianti Rufina consisting of mostly Sangiovese with small amounts of Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 24 months in barrel plus another 3 months in the bottle.

Price: ¥299

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Icario Rosso di Montalcino Toscano IGT: New Wine

February 21, 2015
 Icario Rosso di Montalcino Toscano IGT

Rosso Icario is a skilled and never commonplace teacher. It educates our palate, opening the door to the Icario universe and the philosophy of wines with more considerable structure.

Price: ¥170

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Italian Taster Pack (Tier 1&2) 12 bottles: Redesigned & Reduced in Price (until October 2016)

June 30, 2016
Italian Value Pack (Tier 1&2) 12 bottles

A simple and satisfying 12 bottle collection of 6 Italian offerings from 4 regions; 3 hearty fulfilling reds, 3 engaging and interesting whites. All of these The Wine Man enjoys regularly at home. Let your Italy odyssey start here. Newly revamped, as some wines were discontinued. Details inside…

Price: ¥1,221

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Marco Felluga-Collio Cabernet Sauvignon

December 12, 2011
Marco Felluga-Collio Cabernet

A respected house in the Northernmost part of Italy, Marco Felluga-Collio, makes artisan wines in many popular varieties. Here is the Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep red ruby in colour, tending to turn garnet red as it ages. Intense perfume recalling the sweet violet and wisteria. It has a good structure on the palate, slightly tannic, pleasant and harmonic. It is particularly suitable for ageing, even in small barrels. Suggested with red meat and game. Also available: Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Moscato Rosato & Chardonnay.

Price: ¥303

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Pio Cesare “Il Bricco” Barbaresco

December 7, 2011
Pio Cesare

Aroma: Powerful and structured, rich in ripe fruit, opulent. Taste: Spicy and with a very long life. Produced in small quantities and only in excellent vintages.

Price: ¥1,053

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Pio Cesare Barbera D’Alba: New Wine

February 27, 2015
 Pio Cesare Barbera D'Alba

Comes from Piedmont, not strictly ‘the Barolo area’ though that famous wine is from the locale. Also Barbera from Asti has a generally higher pedigree across like for like producers, so look out for that where you can. Incidentally, you should be pairing this with PIZZA. Red Sauce Pasta. BBQ might work well. Barbera loves tomato based food and any selection of cold and cooked meats from the deli. Think Italian food and you are in heaven.

Price: ¥276

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Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato (Nebbiolo)

December 12, 2011
Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato (Nebbiolo)

Aroma: The bouquet is ethereal with hints of violets, blackberry jam, licorice and cloves. Taste: The palate is dry and austere with well polished tannins which lead to a lengthy, concentrated finish. Food Matching: Aged cheddar, red meat, game, abalone or high quality tofu.

Price: ¥1,053

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Pio Cesare Dolcetto D’Alba: New Wine

February 27, 2015
Pio Cesare Dolcetto D'Alba

Until we are able to make our own entry here, please note that Pio Cesare is a proper, established and awarded producer with pedigree. A bit of history: Pio Cesare was founded in 1881; an early pioneer of Piedmont. For five generations, the family has been producing traditional Piemontese wines in its ancient cellars, located in the centre of the town of Alba. Fresh, fruity, fragrant with body and structure, spicy, ripe fruit and roundness.

Price: ¥270

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Pio Cesare Gavi (Cortese) New Wine

February 27, 2015
Pio Cesare Gavi

These descriptions are so funny we have to leave them in. Some of it makes sense though. Youthfulness is a good idea. Not sure about the food Pairings. Sounds ‘orrible. Ripe fruit with freshness and a clean spicy fragrance, good complex flavour, smooth, silky, rich and slightly aromatic, meant to be consumed young but it can age in the bottle up to 3 years. Braised minced seafood with bean curd soup. Sublime with seafood cocktails, fish and patés. Also perfect with Asia food in spicy. Hilarious.

Price: ¥256

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Pio Cesare Moscato D’Asti: New Wine

February 27, 2015
Pio Cesare Moscato D'Asti

Me likes a bit of dessert wine and the odd sweet bubbles. And this is really quite interesting ground here. Asti is the most famous spot in Italy for Fizz.Pale yellow punctuated by elegant bubbles. This wine has an intense bouquet of fragrant fruit. A compact, round body leads to a long finish. Ideal with all sorts of desserts including fruit salads, fruit tarts, chocolate cakes and more. Lightly marinated tuna in lemon juice with bread crouton and goose liver sauce. Semi-preserved foie gras, citrus tart, chocolate cake, bresse blue cheese. (Bubbles go with everything)

Price: ¥250

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