How awesome is it to step into a wine shop in Seattle and find one of the most obscure grapes in Italy, made by a world-class producer almost nobody in the US has ever heard of?  It’s very awesome.

I was thrilled to see this lovely bottling from Casale della Ioria, a single vineyard Cesanese del Piglio, DOCG from the Campo Novo vineyard.  All black pepper on the nose and palate, with a generous helping of snappy blackberry and spice- this is a beautiful gem of a wine, and almost impossible to find in the US.

Seattle’s Italian wine scene really makes me happy.

About The Author

I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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5 Responses

  1. The Blissful Adventurer

    You know being a Romaphile that Cesanese and I go back a long way. I love the grape and I am so jazzed to be heading back to taste it again. Do you know the people Casale della Ioria?

  2. Mark Petroff

    Just enjoyed this wine with Bucatini all’Amatriciana at Piazza Italia in the Pearl district, Portland. Wonderful Sunday afternoon lunch at the best and most authentic Italian cafe in Oregon…so nice to see resurgence of historic grape varietals from Italy!


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