Saturday, August 20, 2011

Saturday Night Li Veli

from the "critical-schmitical" dept...

Anyone who knows me a little might have figured out that I love white wine. Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Verdicchio, Vermentino, Friulano, you name it. I love white wine. And then I love rosé. But not to steal anyone’s thunder, I am here to heap praise upon a white wine I just had.

From Apulia and the Masseria Li Veli comes the Askos Verdeca. Old vines, certified organic, no wood, no malo, just a glass of scrumptious flavor. A white wine that is as serious as a red wine. A wine after my own heart, even in its semi-broken down state. A wine for today, for tonight and for all night long. Does it sound like I am wanting to get my drink on?

Well, my friend, if you just went through the week I went through, you might be looking for something to take you away. And hey, you probably did go through the week I just went through, or maybe something similar. If not last week, then another time. In any case, I think you know what I am saying.


We just had a wine demo at the world's greatest little Italian wine and food market, yep you guessed it, Jimmy’s. Sausage Paul was in Austin to get his son Charlie settled into the UT campus. And Joey the Weasel was "power washing his Bentley", as the saying goes. So life is good for those guys. But I made the trip down to Fitzhugh and Bryan and met up with our other salesman there, Walter and his wonderful mother, who actually has the license to pour wines to the public. I hear she is an excellent cook and being from Southwestern Louisiana, she “knows” food. And she can sell. We, I mean, she sold all the white wine out in less than three hours. Yeah, and someone thought this wine wouldn’t go over maybe so well?

Anyway, grab you a bottle somewhere in the world, and take it home. Or order it on a wine list. Retail it should sell for under $20 and on a wine list for around $40? Great value in a serious wine that I wouldn’t be ashamed to pour to Eric the Red or Alice or DoBi or Raj or Paul G or Drew or James or Guy. Or my mom. Go get some and get yourself away from this computer screen, ya hear?

And if you cant pull yourself away, check out this spiffy video below from the folks at LiVeli., whose web site, I am happy to say, isn't clogged with Flash applications. It's a step in the right direction for a web site that can be usable for wine professionals. Thank you LiVeli!





9 comments:

winewomansong said...

Nice review. Verdeca is a funny little white wine; same grape as Vermouth. In that way, I always feel it needs something else to the mix to fill it out. Hope it treated you well after a hard week... Onwards and upwards, I'm absolutely sure there's a great future for Puglia, but is it Verdeca - not sure. Best wishes, JM

Alfonso Cevola said...

thanks Juel,

Always lovely to hear from you

The Verdeca (90%)had a little Fiano Minutolo (10%) in the mix. was nice.

Oh, for sure, Verdeca isn't the star in Apulia, but un ombra for Saturday night, yes it is a perfect salve for the wounds...

Drew said...

AC I know you have a large readership. Please do not inform them of the intensity and intricacy of white wine. Please let them continue to treat red as the only serious style of wine. There are very few wines we can still afford! I beg you not to tell them anymore...

winewomansong said...

Ah great to hear, sounds like it was just the tonic.

Alfonso Cevola said...

Drew-
as far as I can tell, amigo, it's just the three of us today, sitting on the bank of a river sharing a glass of white wine...just the three of us, right Juel?

RoFo said...

wait til you try the Susumaniello!

Do Bianchi said...

@WineWomanSong imho Fiano Minutolo is the future for Apulian white. We tasted a number of interesting bottlings back in June at the Radici festival.

@IWG Rob tasted me on the wine last year. It's great. I just wish those folks wouldn't barrique their Primitivo... Love it when you speak Veneto, btw!

Alfonso Cevola said...

Thanks, Dottore...

Imagine a world with Susumaniello and Minutolo

It's easy if you try

You may say I'm a dreamer

But I'm not the only one

Kirsten Lindquist said...

lovely post! can't wait to try it. I too am a white wine fan (so glad to know Italian wine lovers are not all red lovers!) and am currently drinking perrini bianco, Fiano blend from Apuglia (!)

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