Published on July 11th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


5 Interesting Wine-Related Discoveries For July 2021

Summer 2021 is now underway with the the warmer months of 2021 in full effect. While 2021 has already proven to be another difficult year for many, it has produced plenty of interesting new wines and wine-industry developments. In turn, below are 5 product recommendations and/or interesting vineyard-related news items that are keeping things interesting for wine enthusiasts.

Villa Patrizia Leremo’s Toscana Merlot IGT

Villa Patrizia was founded in 1968 by the intuition of Romeo Bruni, who together with his wife Maria left a quiet job as a furniture-maker to return to the countryside and bet everything on an interesting territory. This 100-percent merlot has a deep ruby-red color with purple reflections. Aiming to pair well with red meat, roasted meat, wild meat and/or pecorino cheese, it is elegant with notes of wild berries. You can example a persistent flavoring with smooth tannins.

Poggio Trevvale Pontolungo

Besides being at the forefront of the sustainability movement in Italy’s winemaking, the Montecucco area — which consists of family-owned farms where also vegetables are grown and animals are bred — is known to delivery dry, persistent wine that is full of fresh tannins. In turn, you can expect wines which effortlessly suits BBQ libations such as grilled meat, game and aged cheese. Notably, Montecucco-made wines feature a high quality/price ratio, with wines that range from $15.00 to $40.00, depending on if it is a Montecucco Rosso or a Riserva, and a wide range in between.

Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio

Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio has teamed up with iconic fashion designer Jeremy Scott to unveil a limited-edition, 1990s-inspired label design that is bound to make a statement on your bar cart this summer. Inspired by the bold, contemporary wine style of Ecco Domani, Jeremy Scott brought his signature artist aesthetic to create a fashion forward label that brings forth a sense of ‘90s nostalgia in a modern way. This summer enjoy the beloved and unmatched crisp refreshing taste of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio with a ‘90s inspired twist. The exclusive label by Jeremy Scott for Ecco Domani will be available for a limited-time nationwide for just $11.99.

Castello Del Terriccio

Since the inception of the category in the 1970s, Super Tuscans have ascended to global prominence—becoming everything from sommelier obsessions to cellar-worthy collectibles, special occasion splurges to everyday affordable luxuries. Produced with international grape varieties, and often in the style of Bordeaux, these rich, layered, and opulent reds have quickly achieved their elite status not just due to the fascinating backstory of their provenance—or even their rarefied terroir and complex winemaking practices, because they are the exact style of wine that pros and casual sippers alike love to enjoy.

Maremma’s Castello del Terriccio is believed by many to be the unsung hero of this movement. Producing a range of top quality reds like Lupicaia ($125.00) and Tassinaia ($35.00), and even a fresh white blend, Con Vento ($20.00), Castello del Terriccio’s Super Tuscans are as robust as classed Bordeaux, as savory and uniquely Italian as the leading lights of Brunello and Chianti Classico, and as food-friendly and age-worthy as its northern peers of Piemonte.

Guardians’ Saperavi 2019

Last but definitely not least… Georgia is recorded as one of the earliest producers of wine, and wine is used daily within both local culture and religion. Georgia is reportedly the birthplace of natural wine, with wine-making traditions that have survived 8,000 years, such as using qvevris, large egg-shaped clay vessels buried underground. The Georgian region has also proven to be a leader within Orange wine, which are white wines masquerading as reds due to keeping the grape skins in the vessels. The leading grape in Georgia is Saperavi, which is one of the few teinturier grapes.

From the Georgian region, I recently had the pleasure of trying Guardians’ Saperavi 2019. A young juicy style of Saperavi, it is full of life and fruit. Deep red-colored with aromas and flavors of fresh red and black fruit and hints of spice. A nice underpinning of acidity followed by lighter and integrated tannins. Great by itself or with food, it can be paired with burgers or pizza, thus it is suitable for an outdoor event with a grill.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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