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Portfolio Tasting With Banville Wine Merchants

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    Sun, January 29, 2023 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

Chain Bridge Cellars
1351 Chain Bridge Rd.
McLean, VA 22101
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Cost: Free

If you love really, really great wine brought to you by great people, then this extra-special Sunday Portfolio Tasting featuring the wines of Banville Imports is for you! We’ll be showing 15 wines ranging from superb values to grand bottles from Alto Adige, Burgundy and the Northern Rhone. And winemaker Francesco Rosi himself will present a stunning set of Tuscan gems, including Chianti Classico Gran Selezzione and the powerhouse super-Tuscan Cabernet Sauvignon, Legit 2018. No fee, no RSVP – just come!

This edition of our ongoing Portfolio Tasting series features wines brought to us by Lia Tolaini Banville through her Banville Wine Merchants import company. Lia started two companies in 2004 – Donna Laura wines to make really good Tuscan wine at really good prices from vines near her father’s Tolaini estate in Chianti. And Banville Wine Merchants to bring those wines to US consumers thirsty for deeply authentic and delicious wines offered at exceedingly fair prices.

We sell more bottles of Italian wine from Banville Wine Merchant than any other Italian importer (even though we work with lots of great ones!), meaning these are wines many of you love to buy and drink. The Donna Laura wines are always value favorites, Cantina Terlano our favorite Alto Adige estate, and Tolaini’s “entry level” Al Passo Cabernet blend…well, it’s the best-selling Italian wine label in the history of the shop.

Now Lia has been extending her reach by very selectively partnering with excellent French family winemakers in Champagne, the Southern and Northern Rhone and Burgundy. So right now is just about the most exciting time we can think of to check in on new releases from long-time favorites and get to know some exciting new arrivals.

So join us on Sunday, January 29, anytime from 1-4pm for a walk-around tasting at three tables:

Lia Tolaini Banville's Tuscan Home with Winemaker Francesco Rosi

  • Donna Laura Ali Rosso 2021
  • Tolaini Chianti Classico Vallenuova 2020
  • Tolaini Al Passo di Toscana 2019
  • Tolaini Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2019
  • Tolaini Cabernet Sauvignon Legit 2018

Wines of Alto Adige's Cantina Terlano

  • Terlano Pinot Grigio 2021
  • Terlano Pinot Bianco 2021
  • Terlano Classico Cuvee 2021
  • Terlano Lagrein Rose 2021
  • Terlano Pinot Nero 2021

Authentic Wines of France

  • Goutorbe Bouillot - Champagne Noir Coteaux Brut NV
  • Graeme & Julie Bott Viognier First Flight 2021
  • Graeme & Julie Bott Syrah First Flight 2020
  • Pierre Meurgey Cote de Nuits Villages Aux Montagnes 2019
  • Mas Des Restanques Gigondas 2020

You’ll love meeting winemaker Francesco Rosi, French portfolio manager Philippe Sauriat, and Banville VP and generally outstanding wine professional (fun, too) Amanda Page. You’ll be blown away by the wines. And the very attractive event pricing? Well, that won’t bother you a bit. Join us!

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