Take a look at what our wine club members received recently to see what you can expect each month as a member of the Dancing Ewe Wine Club:
Our October 2022 Wine Club Offering
Grasso Fratelli in Piedmont is where brothers Alfredo and Luigi have been making wine on their since the 1960s. They’re located a couple of miles east of Alba, in Valgrande in Treiso, the heart of the Langhe region and right next door to Barbaresco. They do not use pesticides or herbicides in their vineyards, which cover the rolling hills around the farm and agriturismo, and the care they take in the vineyards and cellar is apparent in everything they produce. The vines grow in limestone, clay, and marl—a mixture of the two—and the mild microclimate lets the grapes ripen beautifully.
This geology gives the chardonnay a character that’s almost Burgundian, but with a quintessentially Italian flair. It’s gorgeous: layers of fruit balanced by bright acidity and a buttery roundness, positively calling out to be opened along with creamy mushroom pasta or a roast chicken stuffed with herbs and lemon.
Their Langhe Nebbiolo is a full-bodied red that will benefit from decanting an hour or two before dinner. This is one to drink with red meat and game, or to accompany a fall feast. Nebbiolo is the most exalted grape in Piedmont, and very possibly all of Italy, famous for its extraordinary power, elegance, and longevity. Because of the Grasso vineyards’ proximity to Barbaresco, this wine delivers much of the same aromatic beauty—roses and that particular latex note that nebbiolo is famous for—as that famous appellation, but for significantly less money.
Accompanying these autumn-weight wines, our cacciatorini: small sausages named after the hunters who would tuck a couple of these into their pocket for sustenance before heading into the wild. Also, a generous wedge of our pecorino stagionato, which is now clocking in at around seven months old and beginning to show some of the qualities that come with prolonged aging: a firmer texture and more concentrated flavor, making it equally good for eating straight or grating over your pasta.