Saturday, June 22
3-7 PM no reservations needed

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The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis asserts that the boundaries of our worldview are defined by the language we speak. Different languages parse the world in incommensurate ways. Perhaps the most famous, if alas inaccurate, popularization of the hypothesis is the claim that the Inuit have dozens of adjectives for snow. The Italians have two words with which to describe wines that have fizz, whereas in the US we’re stuck with just one. Frizzante wines are those that are gently fizzy; spumante wines are wines that are vigorously fizzy, like Champagne. While there are no true English language cognates for these phrases the difference between the two is easy to grasp, especially once you’ve tried the wines. And there’s more to the distinction than just differing atmospheres of pressure. Frizzante wines are often less expensive than spumante. They’re typically simple, everyday fun times wines, refreshing and great beverages with food, whereas spumante wines like Franciacorta are possibly more apposite for toasting special occasions. Today, we’re tasting five dry, rustic Italian frizzante wines that are meant for summertime drinking with food and friends. In addition, we’re tasting five light bodied red wines that have no bubbles but are equally appropriate respites for the heat, perfect for sitting on your ass in the shade and calling out for more.

Rustic Italian dry frizzante wine tasting $20
Quarticello “Despina” Malvasia Emilia 2014
Saliceto “Falistra” Lambrusco di Modena NV
Croci Gutturnio 2012
Quarticello “Neromaestri” Lambrusco Emilia 2013
Zanotto Col Fondo Rosso NV

Light red wine tasting $20
Domaine des Accoles “Le Cab’” Ardèche
Domaine La Grange Aux Belles “La Nina” gamay Vin de France
Domaine de la Pinte “Pinte Bien” Poulsard Arbois 2014
Pithon-Paillé “Grololo” Vin de France grolleau 2015
Boniperti “Favolalunga” Vespolina Colline Novaresi 2014

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