Our tremendous Dalla Terra portfolio tasting two weeks ago is still on the minds (and palates) of many a Minnesota wine buyer. There are few portfolios that can match the integrity and diversity of Dalla Terra, and asking Wil Bailey to pick out his favorites was met with a confused look from him including upturned hands and a plea of “Are you kidding me?? How can I pick from a line up like that??”

Alas, Wil came through (as he always does).

Following are Wil’s picks for the top wines of the afternoon, along with information on where to find them in Minnesota. Accounts are listed alphabetically by city, and be sure to call ahead to confirm availability.

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Inama “Vigneto di Foscarino” Soave Classico: “Just a 100%, complete game changer in how most of us have been raised to view Soave.” This single vineyard gem is from the heart of Soave Classico (which, as you remember from last year’s video of Stefano Inama, is completely different from plain old Soave).

inama_foscarino

Rare
Eden Prairie
(952) 829-8402

Sunfish Cellars
Lilydale
(651) 552-5955

Closed - Parella
Minneapolis
(612) 353-5444

Monello/constantine
Minneapolis
(612) 387-1613

Tilia
Minneapolis
(612) 618-3069

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
(612) 827-5811

Terzo
Minneapolis
(612) 925-3113

France 44
Minneapolis
(612) 925-3252

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Boroli Barbera d’Alba “Quatro Fratelli”: “A REALLY sumptuous and satisfying Barbera at a KILLER value.” Barbera is one of our favorite grapes around The Wine Company, giving a rush of black and red fruits, great acidity, and little to no tannin. Possibly one of the best food wines around, especially with pizza.

Boroli Barbera

Bellisio's
Duluth
(218) 727-4921

Mt Royal Bottle Shoppe
Duluth
(218) 728-6168

Brackett's Crossing Country Cl
Lakeville
(952) 435-7600

Heritage Liquor
Maplewood
(651) 777-7455

France 44
Minneapolis
(612) 925-3252

North Loop Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
(612) 338-5393

Heartland
St Paul
(651) 699-3536

Mgm - Vadnais Heights
Vadnais Heights
(651) 653-3456

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Marchesi di Gresy, Barbaresco “Martinenga”: “I ALWAYS love this wine. It is so pretty. Especially in a killer vintage like 2008.” The Martinenga vineyard is one of the very rare monopoles of Piedmonte (a single vineyard owned completely by one winery), located in a prime amphitheater just downhill from the famed Rabaja vineyard. Detailed and lighter bodied, but with firm tannins and lean muscle on the palate. Incredible stuff.

Marinenga Barbaresco

Spanky's Stone Hearth
Frazee
(218) 334-3555

The Kenwood
Minneapolis
(612) 377-3695

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
(612) 827-5811

Terzo
Minneapolis
(612) 925-3113

Travail
Robbinsdale
(612) 669-5231

Pescara
Rochester
(507) 280-6900

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Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: “I came back to this wine three times during the tasting to try it again, then bought some for the house.” We are so happy to have this outstanding producer be a new part of the Dalla Terra portfolio. Agronomist Federico Carletti makes possibly the most dynamic style of Vino Nobile out there, with amazing black raspberry richness, a complete and complex mid-palate, and a finish that just goes on and on.

poliziano vino nobile di montepulciano

Tutto Bene
Bemidji
(218) 751-1100

Top Ten Liquors - Blaine
Blaine
(763) 754-3231

Mt Royal Bottle Shoppe
Duluth
(218) 728-6168

Bellisio's
Duluth
(218) 727-4921

The Wine Market
Mendota Heights
(651) 452-9463

Hennepin-lake Liquors
Minneapolis
(612) 825-4411

Falls Liquor
Minneapolis
(612) 729-5498

Prima - Minneapolis
Minneapolis
(612) 827-7376

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
(612) 827-5811

Terzo
Minneapolis
(612) 925-3113

North Loop Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
(612) 338-5393

Cellars - Plymouth
Plymouth
(763) 559-2114

Andy's - Marketplace
Rochester
(507) 535-7500

Cellars - Roseville
Roseville
(651) 636-4404

The Wine Shop - Nicholas Barth
St Cloud
(320) 251-7733

Heartland
St Paul
(651) 699-3536

W.a. Frost
St Paul
(651) 224-5715

First Grand Liquors
St Paul
(651) 227-7039

The Commodore
St Paul
(651) 330-5999

West Side Liquor - Waite Park
Waite Park
(320) 253-9511

Gianni's
Wayzata
(952) 404-1100

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Tenuta di Sant’Antonio, Amarone della Valpolicella “Castagnedi”: “This wine is awesome. Great intensity and power without a bunch of sugar weighting it down. Finally an Amarone you really SHOULD drink with a meal (instead of just a cigar).” Balanced Amarone is a rare wine indeed, and as more producers go for fuller-larger-louder styles of wine it is a breath of fresh air to experience the wines of Sant’Antonio.

Sant Antonio Amarone Castagnedi

Bellisio's
Duluth
(218) 727-4921

Kowalski's Eagan Wine Market
Eagan
(651) 328-8300

Edina Country Club
Edina
(952) 927-7151

Sunfish Cellars
Lilydale
(651) 552-5955

Broadway Liquor Outlet
Minneapolis
(612) 522-4384

Al Vento
Minneapolis
(612) 724-3009

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
(612) 827-5811

Loring Pasta Bar
Minneapolis
(612) 378-4849

Punch Pizza - St Paul
St Paul
(651) 696-1066

Solo Vino
St Paul
(651) 602-9515

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