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Vintage Enoteca: In Wine they Trust

I love this place. Vintage Enoteca is one of those amazing little spots, tucked away in an unsuspecting place next to a Head Shop that smells perpetually of patchouli.  They are serving interesting and honest food, as well as incredibly geeky, fun wines.

The place is very slick, but comfortable: modern Italian-cafe style, with Nina Simone playing on the sound system while a couple of actor-types review scripts over coffee in a corner.

You’d need a local to tell you about it- and they probably prefer it that way.

Sorry guys, but your secret is out! Continue reading

Colli di Lapio, Irpinia Campi Taurasini. Just Delicious.


I have always loved the Colli di lapio Fiano d’Avellino.  My first experience of this wine was at the restaurant A16 in San Francisco.  I was truly struck by it’s waxy fullness, a round well-structured wine that is held up by sheer minerality and a resulting viscosity.  This is the real Fiano- a white wine that speaks of volcanoes and Roman invasions and hundereds of years of pounding tides and unrelenting sunshine.

When I saw this bottle of Campi Taurasini by Colli di Lapio at the Wine House, I simply couldn’t resist.  If Clelia Romano can make such magic out of her Fiano grapes, imagine what she can do with a grape like Aglianico… Continue reading

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