First Pressings Newsletter
The Holidays Are Over. The wild energy that pushed us along through November and December has gone, and now we’re facing the deeper parts of Winter. But, these long and cold, cold nights need not be feared, but embraced.
I love nothing as much as cooking heartwarming foods with my loved ones, and having the perfect wine to go with it. The combination seemingly melts away the cold.
This month is all about Movies and Wine. I often think about what wine would best suit a favorite movie of mine. Working at the Italian Market makes my brain buzz with the classics: Sicilian Nero D’Avola with The Godfather; Brunello and Raging Bull. But what about one of the best Trilogies ever made? What wine goes best with The Lord of The Rings? What one grape binds the minds of men and ensnares the senses… Nebbiolo.
I’ve been reflecting on how great an influence the women in my life have had on my growth as a person and as a wine merchant. I am a triplet with two sisters, and we shared everything (sometimes begrudgingly). Today I still feel the raw excitement to share a new wine discovery with everyone. I am privileged to work with many talented women in this business, the best sales reps, and distributors in my corner, finding incredible wines. And of course, the Lubrano Ladies that make the Market a home for me, and a place for the community to share new experiences daily. Happy Women’s History Month.
Italy has a staggering amount of native grapes; 377 actually (and possibly more). With the “Noble” names we know like Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, taking center stage, it’s easy to overlook some incredible native varietals that are stars in their own right. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy juts deep into the Meditterannean and boasts some truly incredible grapes.
First Pressings is my hot takes on all things in wine that I’m excited about and want to share. From new wines and producers,
Bringing value to my community one sip at a time.