La Lista dei Vini
WHITE WINES BY THE GLASS:
Pinot Grigio “Riff” Terra Alpina - Veneto, Italy 8
90% Torrontes10% Sauvignon Blanc “New Age” – Mendonza, Argentina 10
Chardonnay “Fruitiere” Unoaked - Loire Valley, France 8
Riesling “Noble House” - Mosel, Germany 8
Trebbiano “Caldora” - Abruzzo, Italy 8
White Zinfandel “Beringer” - Napa, CA, USA 8
Sauvignon Blanc “Teira” - Dry Creek Valley, California, Usa 9
Sauvignon Blanc “Fire Road”- Marlborough, NZ 8
RED WINES BY THE GLASS:
Pinot Noir “Villa Sorono” - Veneto, Italy 8
Merlot “Raymond R Collection” - Napa, California, Usa 8
Cabernet Sauvignon “Corte alla Flora” - Toscana, Italy 10
Cabernet Sauvignon “Summers” - Napa, CA 10
Chianti Classico “Colise Senesi”- Toscana, Italy 12
Rosso (Frizzante) Stella rosa “Il Conte d’Alba” – Piemonte, Italy 9
Cabernet Sauvignon “Trim” – Napa, California, Usa 8
Petite Sirah “Marietta” Napa, California, Usa 13
Malbec “1” Antigal, Mendoza, Argentina 11
SPARKLING, SWEET, PORTS & SHERRY BY THE GLASS:
Prosecco “Bianca Vigna” – Veneto, Italy 8
Asti Spumante “Martini & Rossi” – Piemonte, Italy 9
Moscato “Marco Negri” – Piemonte, Italy 11
Vin Santo “Badia a Coltibuono” Toscana, Italy 15
Port Tawny “Smith Woodhouse” 10 years – Douro, Portugal 16
Port Tawny “Dows” 20 years-Portugal 20
RED WINES BY THE BOTTLE:
Bin 200 Merlot “Mezzacorona” - Trentino, Italy 32
Bin 202 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Caldorda” –Abruzzo, Italy 34
Bin 203 Nebbiolo Langhe “Prod. del Barb” Piemonte, Italy 48
Bin 204 Chianti Classico “Colise Senesi” Chianti, Italy 55
Bin 205 Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne “Vietti” – Piemonte, Italy 38
Bin 206 Lagrein “Abbazia di Novacella” - Alto Adige, Italy 48
Bin 208 Dolcetto D'Alba Tre Vigne “Vietti” - Piemonte, Italy 48
Bin 209 Valpolicella “Marchesi Biscardo”(baby amarone) – Veneto, Italy 60
Bin 210 Chianti Cetamura “Coltibuono”- Toscana, Italy 40
Bin 212 Chianti Classico Riserva “Felsina Berardenga” - Toscana, Italy 56
Bin 213 Cabernet Sauvignon “Mezzacorona” – Trentino, Italy 34
Bin 214 Pinot Noir “Villa Sorono” – Veneto, Italy 30
Bin 215 Barbera “Pio Cesare” D’Alba – Piemonte, Italy 77
Bin 217 Amarone Righetti “Capitel de’ Roari” - Veneto, Italy 75
Bin 218 Amarone Castegnedi “Sant’Antonio” –Veneto, Italy 85
Bin 219 Amarone Classico “Tomasso Bussola” – Veneto, Italy 95
Bin 221 Barbaresco “Produttori del Barbaresco” – Piemonte, Italy 65
Bin 224 Barbaresco “Pio Cesare” –Piemonte, Italy 150
Bin 225 Barolo Le Cinque Vigne “Damilano” – Piemonte, Italy 75
Bin 226 Barolo “Pio Cesare ”- Piemonte, Italy 100
Bin 227 Brunello “Val di Suga”- Toscana, Italy 110
Bin 229 Brunello di Montalcino “Vitanza” –Toscana, Italy 85
Bin 300 Pinot Noir “La Crema” –Sonoma, California, Usa 38
Bin 302 Pinot Noir “Bouchaine”- Carneros, California, Usa 60
Bin 303 Red Zinfandel “Noble Tree” – Sonoma, CA, Usa 36
Bin 304 Cabernet Montoya - Napa, California, Usa 35
Bin 307 Cabernet “Château Rollan de By” – Bordeaux, France 65
Bin 309 Cabernet Estate “Stuhlmuller” - Sonoma, California, Usa 80
Bin 312 Merlot Reserve “Raymond” - Napa, California, Usa 45
Bin 314 Merlot “Shafer” - Stags Leap - Napa, California, Usa 85
Bin 315 Petite Sirah “Mettler” Lodi - California, Usa 48
Bin 318 Château Neuf-Du-Pape “Louis Bernard” -Rhône, France 80
Bin 319 Syrah Christi Vineyards “Novy” – Santa Lucia, California, Usa 60
WHITE WINES BY THE BOTTLE:
Bin 101 Pinot Grigio “Torre di Luna” - Veneto, Italy 36
Bin 103 Greco Di Tufo “Terredora di Paolo Loggia” – Campania, Italy 56
Bin 104 Chardonnay I Sistri “Felsina” – Toscana, Italy 42
Bin 105 Chardonnay “Jermann” - Friuli V/G, Italy 84
Bin 106 Gavi di Gavi La Meriana “Broglia” - Piemonte, Italy 58
Bin 107 Insolia “Cusumano” - Sicilia, Italy 35
Bin 108 Sauvignon Blanc “Giovanni Puiatti”- Friuli, Italy 36
Bin 109 Trebbiano “Caldora” – Abruzzo, Italy 30
Bin 111 Vernaccia di San Gimignano “Fontaleoni” – Fruili , Italy 34
Bin 401 Chardonnay “La Crema” - Sonoma, California, Usa 38
Bin 403 Chardonnay “Cakebread” - Napa, California, Usa 84
Bin 404 Gewurztraminer “Foris” – Rogue Valley, Oregon, Usa 40
Bin 406 Riesling “Noble House” - Mosel, Germany 32
Bin 407 Riesling Einz Zwei Dry “Joseph Leitz” – Germany 40
Bin 408 Sauvignon Blanc “ Teira” – Dry Creek, California, Usa 32
Bin 409 Vinho Verde “Casal Garcia” – Portugal 30
SPARKLING WINE & CHAMPAGNE BY THE BOTTLE:
Bin 500 Prosecco “Bianca Vigna” – Veneto, Italy 32
Bin 501 Brut Rosé Cuvée “Jeio” – Trentino, Italy 40
Bin 502 Champagne “Veuve Clicquot” – Reims, France 95
Bin 504 Champagne White Star “Moët & Chandon” – France 90
SWEET WINES BY THE BOTTLE:
Bin 700 Vin Santo “Felsina” Berardenga - Toscana, Italy 375 ml. 65
Bin 701 Moscato D'Oro “Robert Mondavi”- Napa, CA, USA 500ml 42
Bin 702 Sauterne “Chateau Haut Mayne” –Bordeaux, France 375ml 45
Bin 703 Ice Wine Red Mountain “Kiona” – Washington, Usa 375ml 50
Marco Ristorante Italiano
Italian Wine 101
More than 2000 varieties of grapes make up Italian wines. With such breadth, it can be difficult to pick the right wine for an occasion. We have simplified it a bit below to help you make your selection but when in doubt, there is one great rule of thumb for maximizing your Italian wine enjoyment: pair your dish with a wine from the same region. The conditions will match and the pairings will always work. The three main wine growing regions in Italy are Tuscany, Piedmont, and the Veneto. The vast majority of Italian wines consumed in the U.S. come from these 3 regions.
Italian wine is typically named for the town from which it originates, such as Barbaresco, Barolo, or Chianti. The grape is only occasionally printed on the front label.
Some of Italy’s most expensive wines are known as Super-Tuscans and are made mostly of Sangiovese grapes blended with Cabernet, Syrah, or Merlot.
Alto Adige, Italy’s northernmost wine region, offers some outstanding white wines as
well as a number of reds. An excellent toasting wine is Prosecco--a dry, sparkling wine that gives Champagne a run for its money. Drier and lighter, it is surprisingly tasty and relatively inexpensive. And it pairs well with appetizers, such as heart of palm, olives, salami, and any antipasto you try. Pinot Grigio from this area is also of consistently high quality and Pinot Bianco is excellent as well.
Verdicchio is a white grape grown predominantly in the Marche region of central Italy.
The name Verdicchio derives from verde (or "green") and refers to the slight green/yellow hue that wines made from the grape can have. They have crisp acidity and notes of lemon and almond are typical. Cortese is a white predominantly grown in the southeastern regions of Piedmont. It’s moderate acidity and light flavors make it a great pairing with many seafood dishes. Perfect for the Pinot Grigio drinker looking for something new!
Gavi di Gavi is also made from the Cortese grape but grown exclusively in a special area in the province of Alessandria where the city of Gavi is in the center.
Trebbiano is the second most widely planted grape in the world. Fresh and fruity with high acidity, these wines are meant to be consumed young to highlight their freshness.
Nebbiolo grapes are dark and tannic and make up the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco; these wines typically need 5-10 years to mellow before drinking. Nebbiolo di Langhe
is a great affordable option grown just outside the designated limits of Barolo and Barbaresco, but with much of the same character.
Amarone, in northeast italy is a unique wine made with grapes that are partially dried out on straw mats, giving flavors of dried fruit, cherry or plum. The primary grapes in Amarone are little known here in the states: Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara.
Valpolicella can be an affordable alternative to Amarone when made in the Ripasso method in which the Valpolicella is put in barrels to age with the previously pressed Amarone grapes.
Dolcetto is grown mainly in the Piedmont region and
translates as “little sweet one” in Italian although the wine is not actually sweet. Dolcetto is typically medium bodiedwith dark fruit notes and mild tannin and pairs well with most pasta dishes.
Brunello may refer to a place
in the Lombardy region or the name of a grape in Montalcino, a clone of the grape Sangiovese. Brunello di Montalcino earned Italy’s first DOCG status, a distinction of high quality and consistency, and is considered one of Italy’s greatest red wines.
Barbera is the 3rd most planted grape in Italy behind Sangiovese and Montepulciano. Offering ripe blackberry, blueberry, and cherry with hints of vanilla from oak aging, Barbera is a great wine for Merlot drinkers looking to try something different.
Chianti is the best know Italian wine and refers to the region where it is produced. The first designation of a wine region called Chianti was made as far back as 1716!
Chianti is primarily made from the Sangiovese grape and Italian law requires it must be made with at least 75% Sangiovese. Chianti Classico is a sub region where quality tends to be higher and a Reserva Chianti is aged in barrel much longer which helps to soften the tannins.
General Wine 101
Pinot Noir is a thin skinned grape that is not terribly tannic but higher in acidity. Bright red fruits dominate with hints of leather and earth. Pinot is great with Salmon, Pork, and Antipasti.
Red Zinfandel is an often overlooked but delicious food partner that excels with cured meats, rich steaks, and many cheeses. Long considered America’s “native” grape, recent DNA studies have proved Zinfandel to be a clone of Primitivo, a grape from southern Italy.
Cabernet and Merlot are the best known of the five grapes used to blend with in Bordeaux, France. The other three are Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.
Malbec has sort of taken on a life of its own in Argentina where it thrives in the foothills
of the Andes mountains. Generally a little heavier than Merlot and softer than Cab, with textbook notes of tobacco and subtle spice.
Petite Sirah came from a crossing of Syrah with an obscure French grape called Peloursin. With its small berries, Petite Sirah produces big, rich wines of great intensity.
Chateauneuf du Pape refers to the “New house (9th) of the Pope” in Avignon and is a blend of Syrah and Grenache. Gewurztraminer derives from the German word for spicy, Gewurz, and offers floral notes, passionfruit, and lychee.
Viognier is the predominant white grape in the Rhone Valley. A very aromatic grape, Viognier offers textbook notes of white peach, honeysuckle, and perfume.
Vinho Verde is a fantastically light and refreshing wine from Portugal with floral notes, a natural hint of bubbles, and a great minerality.
Prosecco is a crisp and refreshing Italian sparkling
wine and the main ingredient in the Bellini cocktail made famous at Harry’s bar in Venice. True Champagne only comes from the region of the same name in northern France.
Most are blends of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and can be blended with multiple vintages. A Blanc de Blanc is 100% Chardonnay while a Blanc de Noir is made from Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier grapes. The oldest recorded sparkling wine is Blanquette de Limoux, which was invented by Benedictine Monks in the Abbey of Saint Hilaire near Carcassonne in 1531, over 100 years before Dom Perignon supposedly invented Champagne.
Wine from Georgia has come a long way and with over 30 bonded wineries in the state,
and many high quality wines are being produced. Vintners have discovered which grape varietals thrive in our hot climate and are winning national and international awards. These wines are typically higher in alcohol and higher in sugar. A good rule of thumb is the dessert wine should be sweeter than the dessert you are pairing it with. Now for the list! Enjoy!