Winery of the Month – MAR 2019
Cabtina Mesa

Sardinia has a very interesting history.  It was originally visited by the Phoenicians.  It was then “annexed” by the Carthaginians.  By annexed, we could say “conquered” because they had to defeat the per-historic peoples living there.  After the first Punic wars, Rome was able to take Sardinia from the Carthaginians.  The Vandals conquered Sardinia next in 456.  This only lasted 78 years as the Byzantines kicked them out in 534.  Other than a very brief Ostrogoth invasion, the Byzantines held on for 300 years.  We don’t really know what happened to the Byzantine rulers of Sardinia after this.  In 1100 BC, Sardinia was split into four regions, each with a governing body.  In 1287, the Pope created the “Kingdom of Sardinia and Corsica” and gave it to the King of Aragon in exchange for him ending the war for Sicily. 

There was one small problem with this plan as Sardinia had its own rulers at the time.  So the Pope supported the Aragonese invasion of Sardinia.  This is interesting because it is the first time Feudalism is introduced to the Island at a time when feudalism was being rejected by other European powers.  In 1469, the Island became Spanish through the clever use of marriage.  Sardinia has always had famines , but the worst was during Spanish rule when about a third of the Islands 250k people died.  In the very early 1700’s, the Island briefly came under Austrian control before going back to Spain and then in 1718 to the House of Savoy.  In 1790, the Italian language was instituted on the Island.  1793 saw hostilities with France in which the Sardinias won, even winning a battle in which a young Napoleon Bonaparte was a leader.  900 Sardinians were captured by a Tunisian raid in 1798 and subsequently sold into slavery.  The last Muslim raid on the Island was in 1815, over a millennium after the first.  The island then fought for the Unification of Italy and joined the unified country.  With this history are you surprised that there are five formally recognized languages on the island?

Cantina Mesa is a very new Winery.  It was started by Gavino Sanna in 2004.  The name Mesa, which means “table” in Sardinian, was chosen to showcase the core values of the winery: make high quality wines that fit perfectly on a table with food and friends as well as proving the quality of native Sardinian grapes. 

Guinco Vermentino di Sardegna
Vermentino is planted all around the Mediterranean Sea.  It is probably associated most with Sardinia.  This one shows a mixture of white fleshed fruit and citrus fruit.  It is bright and clean with a medium body.  If you like Sauvignon Blanc, give this a try.
Regularly $19.99   Sale $14.99

Primo Scura Cannonau di Sardegna
Cannonau is more widely known by Grenache.  Ripe red fruit stands out above some spice.  The wine is bigger than you would think by looking at the color.  Dr.  Oz says you will live to be 150 if you drink this wine. 
Regularly $15.99     Sale $11.99

Buio Carignano del Sulcis
Buio means dark in Italian and it is a fitting name for this wine.  A dark ruby color lead to dark fruit like plum and black cherry.  The wine is un-oaked to showcase the fruit.  If you like a fruit forward red blend or Zinfandel try this one.
Regularly $19.99    Sale $15.99

Buio Buio Carignano del Sulcis
Here we get a darker more complex version of Carignano.  The wine has spent some time in oak and it is apparent on the nose.  The dark fruits are still present but you will notice a light balsamic note running underneath the fruit.  The oak shows its self with some chocolate and vanilla flavors.  This is a big wine to go with heavy meats or sharp cheeses.
Regularly $39.99    Sale $29.99

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FRI-SAT – 9:30am–10:30pm
SUN – 10:00am–9:30pm

WINERY of the MONTH

UPCOMING EVENTS

03-18-2020 TEMPORARY HOURS

We will be open DAILY from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm for Carry-Out Food, Pick Up Food Window, and our Wine-Food Market.

Thank you for your continued support.

410-224-1330


03-17-2020 Dear Italian Market Supporters,
With the trepidation surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus we wanted to inform you of the extra precautions that have been implemented.  All our food preparation areas are normally cleaned and sanitized at the beginning and end of every shift. We have increased this to hourly.  This hourly cleaning and food grade sanitizing regime will incorporate all surfaces that our guests can encounter.

  • This will include all self-service counters, ordering and receiving counters, bathroom facilities, door handles, push plates and any other area that I am failing to remember at this moment.
  • The tables and chairs will be cleaned and sanitized after every use.
  • All our cleaning and sanitizing agents are food service grade.

For those who would like a bit more distance than the recommended 6 feet of space between people, we offer a drive thru pick-up window. You can give us a call and drive by for pick up.  We go above the necessary not because of any regulations but because of family. This restaurant is a family establishment. It reflects the idea of family that the Lubrano’s hold. On any given day, you can come in and likely run into a family member dining here. These ideas extend beyond the immediate. They extend to the staff, many of which have been with the family for more than 7 years. They also extend to you, our guests. We want to make you feel as though you are with family every time you are here.

From our family to yours, stay safe and take care of one another.

410-224-1330

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