Tascante, new project from the Mount Etna region of Sicily, has joined Dalla Terra’s portfolio of family-owned Italian estates. Dalla Terra will be the sole USA agent for Tascante and will work with the Tasca family, who also founded the Tasca d’Almerita brand, to raise national awareness of the Mount Etna region and its native varietal Nerello Mascalese.
“We look forward to working with Dalla Terra and its innovative approach to the U.S. market with our important new Mount Etna project, Tascante,” said Alberto Tasca. “For eight generations, our family has dedicated its life to understanding and respecting the nature of our land and all that Sicily has to offer. We are continually striving to optimize our results through knowledge, tradition, sustainable agriculture and modern innovation. Tascante, our most recent endeavor, is a tribute to the Etna volcano, the Mother Earth of great wines, whose terroir has always been ideally suited to the production of wines with unmistakable character.”
Dalla Terra skips the national importer level in the three-tier distribution system, allowing U.S. distributors to buy directly from the producer.
For more information about Tascante visit tascadalmerita.it/en/vini/tascante.php. More information about Dalla Terra Winery Direct is online at dallaterra.com.
Open house at Krug planned for Feb. 1-2
The Peter Mondavi Sr. family will host its annual open house at Charles Krug on Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the winery in St. Helena.
Tastes will be poured of the 2012 St. Helena Sauvignon Blanc, the first wine made from the 2012 harvest.
The Open House will toast the new Charles Krug Hospitality Center, now under construction and scheduled to open in the fall. The Hospitality Center will be located inside the west wing of Charles Krug’s historic 1872 Redwood Cellar building, and renderings of the project by architect Howard Backen will be on display.
Peter Mondavi Jr. will welcome guests on Friday from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
In addition to the sauvignon blanc, the complimentary tasting will also include cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, zinfandel and pinot noir. A tasting of reserve wines will be available for $25, and a Limited Release Tasting of specialty cabernet sauvignons and Bordeaux-style blends will be served in the VIP room for $40.
The winery is at 2800 Main Street, Highway 29, in St. Helena. Tasting room hours are 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Reservations for the open house are not needed.