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

Terzo
Minneapolis
612-925-3113

Tilia
Minneapolis
612-618-3069

Monello/constantine
Minneapolis
612-353-6207

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
612-827-5811

France 44
Minneapolis
612-925-3252

Joseph Dixon
Minneapolis


Closed - Parella
Minneapolis
612-353-5444

Colbeck
Saint Paul
651-487-1212

Robb Ksiazek
Saint Paul


Ann Avant
Saint Paul


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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 Club
Lakeville
952-435-7600

Heritage Liquor
Maplewood
651-777-7455

North Loop Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-338-5393

Nelson, Jeff
Minneapolis


France 44
Minneapolis
612-925-3252

Hessburg, Deb
Saint Paul
651-487-1212

Heartland
Saint Paul


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

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
612-827-5811

Travail
Minneapolis
612-669-5231

Terzo
Minneapolis
612-925-3113

The Kenwood
Minneapolis
612-377-3695

Pescara
Rochester
507-280-6900

Samples - Taylor Stein
Saint Paul


Bj Thorkelson
Saint Paul


Wil Bailey
Saint Paul


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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

Bellisio's
Duluth
218-727-4921

Mt Royal Bottle Shoppe
Duluth
218-728-6168

The Wine Market
Mendota Heights
651-452-9463

Hennepin-lake Liquors
Minneapolis
612-825-4411

Prima - Minneapolis
Minneapolis
612-827-7376

North Loop Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-338-5393

Falls Liquor
Minneapolis
612-729-5498

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
612-827-5811

Terzo
Minneapolis
612-925-3113

Cellars - Plymouth
Plymouth
763-559-2114

Andy's - Marketplace
Rochester
507-535-7500

Cellars - Roseville
Roseville
651-636-4404

The Wine Shop - Nicholas Barth
Saint Cloud
320-251-7733

Bj Thorkelson
Saint Paul


The Commodore
Saint Paul
651-330-5999

Heartland
Saint Paul


W.a. Frost
Saint Paul
651-224-5715

Angela Kallsen
Saint Paul


First Grand Liquors
Saint Paul
651-227-7039

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

Loring Pasta Bar
Minneapolis
612-378-4849

Al Vento
Minneapolis
612-724-3009

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
612-827-5811

Broadway Liquor Outlet
Minneapolis
612-522-4384

Angela Kallsen
Saint Paul


Punch Pizza - St Paul
Saint Paul
651-696-1066

Solo Vino
Saint Paul
651-602-9515

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