Screw-cap summer wines: encourage spontaneous picnicking

With temperatures rising this week, we’re excited to introduce two refreshing wines from Alto Adige producer Castel Sallegg. These wines are definitely made to be enjoyed on a hot summer’s day, and each of these bottles is available with a screw-cap closure, making them perfect for an outdoor picnic or serving by the glass.

These wines will be available for tasting by appointment next week. If you are interested in tasting the featured wines and wish to arrange a meeting, please email michele@domenicovalentino.com or call 718 902-1140.

Our full portfolio and pricing is available at domenicovalentino.com.

Castel Sallegg
Nestled in the Dolomite Alps, the winemaking subzone around Lake Caldaro in the German-speaking region of Trentino-Alto Adige represents a fascinating combination of high altitude, warm days, cool summer nights, plus excellent ventilation. In 1851 Castel Sallegg and its surrounding vineyard were bought by Archduke Rainer of Austria, Viceroy of Lombardy-Veneto, who eventually passed it on to the Von Kuenburg counts. Today, Count Georg Kuenburg carries on the family tradition of producing a line of excellent wines, typical of Alto Adige’s quality and style, with grapes sourced from some of the finest vineyards in the Lago di Caldaro district.

Lagrein Rosato Nives 2007
Nives is made from the same Lagrein grapes as those sourced for Count Kuenberg’s velvety Lagrein Riserva. The tannic Lagrein grapes give this wine complexity and structure while the enologist at Castel Sallegg ensures that the wine expresses the pillars of rosato: refreshing, easy-to-drink and adaptable. The screw-cap bottling is an invitation for spontaneous gatherings, preferably outdoors.

Pinot Bianco 2007
The sandy, pebbly lime subsoil in the slopes that surround Lake Caldaro are ideal for creating mineral-driven, fresh-in-the-mouth Pinot Bianco. Traditionally, Pinot Bianco is vinified in a dry style in Trentino-Alto Adige. This wine’s crisp, balanced acidity makes it a great “food-friendly” wine that pairs well with the often sharp flavors of the local cuisine (like the smoky flavors of speck, the Alpine prosciutto). This year Castel Sallegg’s Pinot Bianco is available with either cork or screw-cap closures.

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