July 2015 Selection

Three ideal reds for summer

July 2015 Selection

Calabretta Gaio Gaio 2012 (2 bottles)
Paltrinieri Leclisse 2014 (2 bottles)
Girlan Gschleier Vernatsch 2013 (2 bottles)

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About this selection...

Summertime is usually a festival for lovers of the freshness and fragrance of white, rosé and sparkling wines... but that doesn't mean that those who favour red wine should wait until September to carry on enjoying them. Among the great variety of Italian wines, there are a fair few light-bodied reds which, served at a slightly lower temperature than usual, prove ideal for the months when temperatures rise.

The wines we're proposing for the month of July may seem very different from each other as regards their provenance: from the most northerly region, the Alto Adige, we're suggesting Girlan Gschleier Vernatsch 2013; rather more centrally placed, emanating from the Emilia Romagna, Paltrinieri Leclisse 2014; and from Sicily in the south, Calabretta Gaio Gaio 2012. However, no matter where they come from, they're all of a similar vein.

Three top quality wines strongly rooted in their individual lands, made exclusively from indigenous varieties grown with the utmost care and due respect. Three original reds with great personality, low on alcohol content, light-bodied and having a structure that emphasises the fruit's freshness and makes them an ideal accompaniment for a wide variety of dishes, whether meat or fish.

These summer months, apart from satisfying your thirst, enjoy having the best wines to accompany the food on your table: for grilled or barbecued meat and fish, nothing could be better than the juiciness and minerality of Gaio Gaio; to pair up with any sort of aperitif, get ready to open the first bottle of Leclisse... and you'll see how quickly the second one gets uncorked!; while for enjoying to the full the juiciness and also delicacy of that old-vine fruit of the Schiava variety which the Girlan Gschleier Vernatsch will deliver... perhaps you're better off waiting for that first summer downpour.

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Calabretta Gaio Gaio 2012 (2 bottles)

Red. Calabretta Sicilia, Italy Nerello Mascalese

Bottle: £10.43 club members / £11.90 non-members


The history of the Calabretta winery, located in Randazzo on Etna's northern slope, dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century.

The firm's philosophy is founded on respect for tradition, on the work of hand pruning, meticulous care of the land, use of natural fertilisers derived from farm animals, on the minimal usage of chemical products — merely a copper or sulphur treatment when it's strictly necessary and applied in very small amounts... Harvesting the grapes, also carried out manually in mid-October, leads to the wine's fermentation by means of indigenous yeasts and its ageing in oak barrels. The whole wine-making and ageing process takes place in the picturesque winery hewn out of the volcanic rock.

Calabretta Gaio Gaio is made from the Nerello Mascalese grapes that have their origins in the Calderara district, in a parcel of young vines, some ungrafted, lying at between 700 and 750 metres above sea level.

The wine's name is a dedication to the father of the present owner Massimiliano Calabretta, Sig. Massimo, known familiarly as 'Gaio', but just on its own the name suggests a cheerful wine with a lively, festive character. That's exactly what it's like.

Gaio Gaio is a fruity, floral and slightly spicy wine. On the nose it reveals aromas of red fruits, violets, tobacco and black pepper as well as other notes, animal-type. Its entry on the palate is juicy, a compact mouthful that's clean and generous. Gaio Gaio is fresh, mineral and very versatile in its pairings, the perfect accompaniment to any number of pasta, meat and fish dishes.

We recommend you drink Gaio Gaio at a slightly lower temperature than what is suggested for medium-structured wines.

Grilled wild mushrooms

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 16ºC

Calabretta Gaio Gaio 2012
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Paltrinieri Leclisse 2014 (2 bottles)

Red. Paltrinieri Lambrusco di Sorbara, Italy Lambrusco di Sorbara

Bottle: £8.27 club members / £9.40 non-members


Since the beginning of the 20th Century and through three generations, the Paltrinieri winery has been making wines from the Lambrusco di Sorbara variety which grows in the vineyards of their estate in the area known by the name of 'Cristo', the narrow strip of land lying between the Secchia and Panaro rivers.

With 15 hectares of land in what might be called the Sorbara Grand Cru, the team of experts at the Paltrinieri winery each year presents some of the most highly-praised versions of Lambrusco: artisanal wines faithfully keeping to tradition, yet always original. Thanks to the distinguished and meticulous work of Alberto Paltrinieri, among others, the Lambrusco name is currently enjoying a renaissance after long years of oblivion.

Leclisse is a delicate red, due to being produced from just the free-run juice of these excellent Lambrusco di Sorbara grapes from the Cristo area, and a lightly sparkling red because it has undergone a second fermentation using the Charmat method. It's a pleasantly frizzante Lambrusco that's a bright ruby-red colour in the glass; on the nose it exudes intense aromas of red fruits (redcurrants and wild strawberries), citrus fruits, wild roses and raspberry candy, soft yet instantaneous scents, but always fresh, delightful and very appealing.

On the palate it's juicy, and the well-balanced acidity as well as its fine bubbles, seem to refresh and enliven the palate with every mouthful.

  • Alcohol content: 11,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 16ºC

Paltrinieri Leclisse 2014
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Girlan Gschleier Vernatsch 2013 (2 bottles)

Red. Girlan Alto Adige, Italy Schiava Gentile

Bottle: £10.96 club members / £12.44 non-members


Gschleier Vernatsch is made from grapes of the Schiava (Vernatsch) variety, sourced from the vineyard it's named after, an estate lying 450 metres above sea level and facing south, situated on a hill originally a glacial formation in northwest Cornaiano. It's undoubtedly a unique wine, only needing to be uncorked for this to be recognised.

Gschleier Vernatsch isn't comparable with other wines made from the Schiava grape that can be found in the Alto Adige, generally light-bodied fruity wines with little aroma complexity. What's so special about the grapes of this wine? Basically, their quality. The vines at the Gschleier vineyard range in age between 80 and 100 years old and their yields are extremely low, the few clusters which are actually harvested encompass all the wisdom that only old vines are capable of offering us.

A garnet-red colour, on the nose it exhibits complex aromas of red fruit — mainly strawberries, and ripe cherries — yeast, spices and light floral (violets) and vegetal notes, all on an elegant smoky background. Outstanding on the palate are its juicy fruit, its freshness and flavour, the velvety texture of its tannins, its balance... and the perilously easy drink it provides!

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Girlan Gschleier Vernatsch 2013
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