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The Best wine list in Napa Valley for fun Italian wines.

 
 
Address: 1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559
Phone:(707) 252-1022
 
This is an amazing list packed with wines that any wine drinker would want to drink. After a hard day out tasting Napa Valley’s finest an evening with truly delicious Italian food paired with some of the greatest values of Italy is not only in order, it is a requirement. This is the sort of restaurant I would like to visit with a fairly large group, 8 or 10 people so that we could order up a dozen bottles and each have a nice pour!
 
First let’s check out the menu, which is casual Italian but very good, fresh and authentic casual Italian. I’m all for sharing, a little bit, so let’s go ahead and order a Pizza for the table, then some salumi, and I’ll indulge myself with a pasta course.
 
Chef’s Selection of six salumi $18
Pizza for the table $17
Cresta di Gallo with Watson Farm lamb heart ragu and Pecorino Romano $17
 
OK, I don’t know what to do here. I’ve gone through the list and here are the wines I want to order.
 
Whites
 
2010 Manincor, Pinot Bianco, Eichhorn, Alto Adige $50
2011 Erste + Neue, Weissburgunder, Alto Adige $40
2011 Foradori, Nosiola, Fontanasanta, Vigneti Delle Dolomiti $70
2010 Pieropan, Garganega, Calvarino, Soave Classico $50
2012 Occhipinti, Albanello/Zibibo/Grillo, SP68, Terre Siciliane $45
 
Reds
 
2011 Burlotto, Pelaverga, Verduno $35
2006 Heinrich Mayr-Nusser, Lagrein Riserva $50
2011 Laura Aschero, Rossese, Riviera Ligure di Ponente $65
2010 Mastrojanni, Rosso di Montalcino $50
2011 Montevertine, Sangiovese/Canaiolo/Colorino, Pian del Ciampolo $50
 
I know that that is seven bottles each of red and white, a bit more than the case I suggested but look at these values! Look at these wines. Oh what fun we’d have! So, to make things a bit simpler I’ve highlighted two standouts in each group and we won’t discuss how long that took! Though in all honesty the 2001 Gini Salvarenza and 2007 Santadi were both automatic no brainers. 

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  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    Impressive article. I can use this for my next trip to the west coast. I would like to see more articles like this.

    Sep 09, 2013 at 1:12 PM


  • Just a "small" question: Why did you not mention the Shenandoah Valley (Amador County), just a hop & a skip from Napa and Sonoma??? However, if your intent is to inform persons about good wine regions, etc, why give so much space to Napa and Sonoma that EVERYONE already knows about??? [Personally, I literally grew up with Napa wines in the 50's & 60's. . .However, when they began reading their press clippings, I moved to the Sonoma vintners. . .And, when THEY became a bit too big for their britches, I left them and "discovered" the Amador wineries in the 80's and 90's and I still exploring their fine wines. . .easily the equal of the Napas and Sonomas; and, without the traffic jams; the "elitism;" and, the general commercialism that prevails in Napa; Sonoma; and, now the Central Coast (by virtue of "Sideways"). . .

    And, I find a "friendliness" that is the way it USED to be in Napa and Sonoma! [And, in case, anyone wonders, I have NO ties to any of the wineries in Amador other than I REALLY enjoy the wines; and, like the people I encounter there. . .And, I like to share a "good thing" <smile>

    Sep 09, 2013 at 3:45 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    This is not an article about wine regions, it's an article about wine lists. If you want to share restaurant wine lists that are really outstanding in Amador county, we'd love to add them to the list of restaurants in Napa, Sonoma, Seattle, and the Willamatte Valley that were included in the article.

    Thanks Zinfandel 1. I'll try and keep them coming. And frankly can't wait for my next visits to some of these places!

    Sep 09, 2013 at 5:10 PM


  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    Well, GdP, we cannot wait for your next visit out this way, either!

    Someone will always be disappointed that their fave wine region was left out. Amador is not such a small hop, skip and jump and, keeping in mind that Snooth has a national and international readership, proximity to a city with an airport is one of many considerations that also goes into these articles, I'm sure. One could also make the argument that the Santa Cruz Mountains (Ridge, Rhys, Villa Mount Eden, plus Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos and Village Inn in Woodside) deserve mention, or Monterey/Santa Lucia Highlands, if it's wine country you want.

    As someone who grew up here and traipsed to Napa as a kid behind his wine-enthusiast parents, I agree things have changed. But this is where people go and that's the focus of the article. That said, I've had dinners with winemakers and assistants from Napa wineries, and still have pleasant visits to tasting rooms--you just have to seek out the independents like Smith Madrone, Bell, Chappellet, and the like. As for Sonoma, yes, it's getting more corporatized, but not so much that I'd tell people to stay away. Nope, I'd help them find a good place for a meal and a glass of wine!

    That said, I'm going to be in Napa for a conference on Columbus Day weekend, so I will definitely put this article's recommendations to work.

    Sep 09, 2013 at 7:55 PM


  • Snooth User: Jeff Nott
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    One of the most impressive wine lists I have ever come across is at Café Riacci in Palo Alto, CA. When last I was there, I asked for a particular bottle on their list. The server then asked "What year would you like?" I asked " What do you have?" Her response "Every year between 1997 and 2010". Apparently this is the same for most of the wines they carry and it is an extensive list. And the food is fantastic!

    Sep 09, 2013 at 8:50 PM


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