By PHILLIP SILVERSTONE
Bryn Mawr Film Institute recently had me close and personal with their VIP sponsors so I could chat with them about wine, while the wonderful Binczak family poured some delicious vino. The Binczak’s own South Italy Imports which specializes in wines from (duh) southern Italy. And I asked the company to pour samples from their splendid portfolio because it’s … splendid!
Everybody seemed well and truly dazzled by the nectar in their glasses, so here is the list, just in case you feel like seeing what all the fuss was about. These are, of course, all available in Pennsylvania but you have to order them via the Special Liquor Order process. It’s pretty simple, just nip into the store and tell them you want to buy some wines that are SLO.
Conte d’Attimis Ronco Broilo
An oaked, full bodied, white blend with a deep, lasting hazelnut flavor. $23.99 a bottle.
Conte d’Attimis Ribolla Gialla $13.99 a bottle
Straw yellow color with a flowery bouquet and tastes of green apples.
Angelucci Leonate Cerasuolo $14.49 a bottle
Cerasuolo has a bright and intense cherry color with a savory taste full of cherry, raspberry and currants.
Cantore di Castelforte Primitivo Donna Maria $12.90 a bottle
Full bodied red with a plum and cherry taste, finishing with a hint of vanilla.
OK, I’m what is commonly known in the UK as a petrolhead. I like my car to guzzle up petrol and I don’t really want to plug it into the wall to charge it, or pour carrot juice into the gas tank. I’m old fashioned about things like that. Which leads me nicely into New Belgium Brewing, the makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers. Outside Magazine has named the brewery one of the best places to work. The 100 percent employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. I have absolutely no idea what that all means and unless one lives in China I’m not sure why a bicycle friendly business is so important, when it seems so much easier and more comfy to drive a gas guzzler to work. Anyway, bicycles aside, I just consumed a very large bottle of their stellar Gruit Ale (aha that’s why they peddle to work, because the bottles are so large) which uses an ancient brewing style of incorporating herb mixtures into beer. This ale is brewed with pale and Munich malts, along with wheat and oats. Other ingredients include bog myrtle, horehound, yarrow, wormwood and elderflower, none of which sound the slightest bit appetizing. But they produce a herbal, almost mint-like and floral bouquet with a bittered root taste. The flavor is bold, with tons of fabulousness and it’s by far one of the tastiest brews I’ve enjoyed thus far in 2014.
On this week’s wine feature on my TuneIn show, Jill and I meet Alexander Tate and we chat about — and taste the wines from — his family’s vineyard, Franklin Tate Estates, in Western Australia. Alex’s grandfather John Tate was prominent in the Western Australian wine industry in the 1970s when he established the brilliant Evans & Tate Winery. Alex’s parents Franklin and Heather are the founders and owners of Franklin Tate Estates, now available in PA. Alex is only 26. I think he called me gramps, but his bigger than me so I ignored it. Cheers!
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