Winter Weekend Wines

It looks like the East Coast is headed for a winter storm tomorrow, so it's time to stock up on some vino for the long snowy weekend.  Here are three of my favorite Italian wines for such an occasion:

Concerto Reggiano Lambrusco- Concerto is the first world's first single vineyard lambrusco from the great Tenuta La Rampata grapevines in Reggio Emilia. This bubbly wine pours a vibrant ruby red color with lively notes of fresh strawberry, cherry and raspberry.  This is a dry wine, best served cold and perfect for pairing with cured meats like speck, mortadella or my favorite winter food delivery, a large pepperoni pie from Joe's PizzaAverage Price- $22.95

Le Masse Di Lamole- This wine holds a very special place in my heart.  When Mr. T and I went to Tuscany, we attended a small wine festival in Greve and fell in love with this beautiful Chianti.  I searched for it here in the states with no luck until a shipment magically arrived in NYC last fall.  Le Masse stands for the vineyard and Lamole for the tiny 40 person village where the winemaker and his family live.  This is a bright, cheery wine with flavors of tart cherry, black currant, leather and a refreshing acidity that is both fun and elegant.  Average Price- $33.00

Sassicaia 2015-  This amazing wine needs no introduction, in addition to being one of the most iconic wines of Tuscany, Sassicaia just took the number one spot on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2018 list. It's rich and powerful with deep flavors of ripe plum, blackberry, blueberry, leather and spice with a long, silky finish that shows such finesse and balance.  This is is a wine I could drink in any kind of weather be it snow, hurricane or sunshine.  Average Price- $225.00