Italian Market Bottle Shop Offers Unique Selection of Italian Wines

November 18, 2023

Five Italian Wines You Can Enjoy at the Italian Market Bottle Shop

The Italian Market’s leading source of specialty foods now has a bottle shop with wine and beer to enjoy on-site. Beverage buyer Sande Friedman aims to offer low-intervention, small production bottles one can’t get elsewhere in Pennsylvania.

Staff members at the 9th Street location helped handpick and foot-stomp the grapes for their first collaboration wine with La Clarine Farm of Nottingham, Chester County. The resulting dolcetto is hearty and savory.

Barbera

Barbera is the most popular red grape in Piedmont, where it makes everything from tavern drinks to sophisticated expressions of enoic Piedmont that rival the region’s emblazoned Barolo and Barbaresco (made from Nebbiolo). It’s also been embraced by New World winemakers, who’ve discovered its potential for producing fruity, medium-bodied wines with great acidity.

Younger Barberas have a perfumed nose and luscious palate of fresh red fruits, like blackberry and raspberry. As it ages, the aromas develop more complexity and boldness, while the tannins become less pronounced.

It pairs well with a variety of dishes, especially pizza and pasta. It’s also a great value! It’s important to keep in mind, though, that this wine requires special storage. It starts deteriorating faster in warm conditions, so it’s best to store your Barbera in cool environments to maintain its rich flavors.

Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a black-skinned wine grape that is grown in over 10 percent of California vineyards. It can range from lighter, medium bodied styles with a focus on red fruit to more ripe, jammy and concentrated wines from older vines.

The savory flavors of warmer climate zinfandels pair well with grilled pork or lamb dishes. They also work nicely with smoked meats and cheeseburgers.

The sweetness of white zinfandel can be offset with a variety of savory and spicy foods including roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and grilled tomato salad. The wine also pairs nicely with hard and richly flavored cow’s milk cheeses like Manchego or Trentingrana and can stand up to a bold cheddar such as smoked.

Dolcetto

Often overlooked, Dolcetto is a light red wine with luscious berry fruit and friendly tannins. It’s easy to confuse with sweet wines, since its name translates to “little sweet one.” The grape comes from Piedmont in northwestern Italy and is known by its seven DOCs including Dogliani, where this wine hails from.

The fourth-generation Sartirano family helms this winery, whose Barbera and Nebbiolo might get more attention, but their Dolcetto is an utter delight. Aged in stainless steel, the grape is a vibrant pair for fun Italian fare and it’s perfect for sipping.

The wine has low acidity and moderate tannins. It’s best consumed upon release, ideally within a year of production. Di Bruno flexed its curd clout to work with Jasper Hill Farm to use the wine for wash on their award-winning Whitney, a raclette-style beauty. Supplies will last into the new year. This is the fifth collaboration for the winery and Di Bruno in the series that celebrates local connections in addition to the brand’s usual imports.

Rose

Rose is a light, refreshing wine that’s enjoying its moment thanks to its eye-catching color and versatility. It can be dry or fruity, and pairs well with savory foods like grilled meats and cheese.

Winemakers create rose by allowing red grape juice to sit with the skins for a short amount of time before removing them, and then fermenting the pink liquid alone. They can also use the Saignee method, where they bleed white grapes into red wine during fermentation, or they can mix red and white wine to make rose.

Lastly, they can also use the extended maceration technique, where the juice is left with the skins for a longer period of time to produce darker wines. All of these methods are different, and each yields a slightly different flavor profile. Sande Friedman, wine manager at Di Bruno Bros., says that the wine and beer selection is geared toward low-intervention, small producers. He and the team recently handpicked Carmine rose from La Clarine Farm in Chester County to pair with their renowned cheese selection.

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