The Inside Story from Italian Wine Merchants

Just the Desserts

Posted on | October 22, 2010 | Written by Evan LaNouette | No Comments

One of the benefits from working in our showroom floor is the opportunity to directly work with people and talk about wine. The interaction is not quite the same when you’re in the office or on the phone, conceptualizing a bottle. I feel I can explain the differences and merits of a traditional Mascarello Bartolo 2005 Barolo vs. a modern Super Tuscan Gaja Ca’Marcada 2008 Promis better when I can grip both bottles in each palm and wave them about. All eccentric behavior aside, I believe that wine is best discovered when two people come face-to-face and talk.

Perhaps, this is why I am looking forward to October 30th when I’ll host an event that will bring people face-to-face, or perhaps mask-to-mask (what with the Halloween weekend), in a tasting of dessert wines and distillates. The event will be called “After Ate,” and it marks both my first Halloween in NYC and my first tasting with Italian Wine Merchants.

Although I won’t be adorned in a costume, I’m dishing out plenty of treats, and only humorous tricks. For example, I’m looking forward to giving a combination of chocolate cake, a sweet biscotti and a taste of lush, fruity Brachetto d’Acqui. I’ve found that often aperitifs and dessert wines don’t get their just desserts—and that’s just a tragedy. Some of my most seductive wine and food experiences have come from the sensual combinations of creams, fruits, and sweet liquor.

It being Halloween, I’ve also got a couple tricks up my sleeve: a premium citrus and a barrique aged Grappa to keep you from feeling too delicate. Polio Grappa, again, underappreciated, is always a humorous experience for me. Its overblown pungency reminds me of late night laughter and good humor. Appreciated best in moderation, I believe we should take a second look at both these grand-finales and reacquaint ourselves with the pleasures of what is to follow “after ate.”


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