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Go-To Wine Tuesday: Movia Pinot Grigio 2008

Posted on | May 27, 2014 | Written by Camacho Vidal | 2 Comments

WH1593-2We spent this Memorial Day weekend in Miami and on Saturday we found a great restaurant called The Federal, which was a short drive from where we were staying and decided to try it for brunch. The menu was diverse and interesting focusing on the chef’s take of comfort food with selections like Lobster ‘n Gravy, Smoked BBQ Brisket ‘n Egg, slow-cooked duck paté, and charred fluff sweet potato. We sat at the bar and ordered from the prix fix. Everything we tried was delicious. The flavors blended spectacularly and the portions were perfect and well presented. Out of habit, I asked to see the wine list and I was curious to see what wines the restaurant offered. I was surprised to see that Gravner was on the list as well as Aldo Conterno. As you all know, I love orange wines and immediately started a conversation with Aniece Meinhold, who was behind the bar. It turns out that Aniece and her husband Chef Cesar Zapata own the place and, coincidently, they are also clients of IWM!

As we spoke about biodynamic wines and producers she poured us a glass of Prince in his Caves Sauvignon Blanc from a producer called The Scholium Project in Sonoma County, an estate producing wines unsulfured, unfined, unfiltered and only natural yeasts. It was quite nice and paired well with the dishes we were enjoying. The name is a spin on the Fiorano wines of Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, prince of Venosa. Look up this link to learn where the name comes from? This New York Times article explains it all.

Ana knew her wines well and we had a great afternoon talking and tasting while we enjoyed our food and she tended other clients. If you are in Miami and want a great place to have some great wine and great food I highly recommend the Federal. We’re back in New York and the temperature is in the mid-to-high 80s, so tonight I’m bringing home a bottle of Movia Pinot Grigio 2008 and toast to Ana and Cesar for providing a great food and wine experience. She told me that Movia was also one of her favorite producers—and it’s long been one of mine. 

Movia Pinot Grigio 2008 $30.73

Movia’s Ales Kristancic is an eccentric producer who uses biodynamic vinification methods such as harvesting and even bottling his wines in harmony with the cycle of the full moon. The 2008 is clean, crisp, surprisingly complex, and classic for warm weather. A pretty bronze-gold in the glass, this wine highlights juicy, ripe golden apple, a nose of spice and flowers, a touch of honey and a thrill of acidity on the finish. A full, bold Pinot Grigio, this wine is anything but boring. Drinking for the next half decade.


2 Responses to “Go-To Wine Tuesday: Movia Pinot Grigio 2008”

  1. Ani Meinhold
    May 28th, 2014 @ 9:44 am

    So fun to have met you both!!!! Let’s keep in touch! All the best, Ani

  2. Camacho Vidal
    May 28th, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    I hope to see you guys next time you are in New York.

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