Help with a wine list
I have a date tomorrow night at a new restaurant in Miami that I have heard amazing things about. While I am familiar with the Barolos/Brunellos/etc, I have not had much experience navigating the other regions on Italian wine-lists. I would like to spend roughly $40 on the bottle and heavier reds in Miami during the summer would not be ideal anyways, so I am looking at the other varietals. Either red or white would be fine, though red is first choice. Thank you for any help you may offer.
Here is their dinner menu to help
If it were me...
Top three whites (in order of preference): Giacosa Roero Arneis, Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino, Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina.
In your target price range, there's only one red I'd consider, the Manzoni Dolcetto d'Alba.
I've had the Giacosa Arneis elsewhere and it's very nice.
I had a great Manzoni Barbera (Sorito Mosconi) '99 at F. Lyon which was around $50, but it's not on that list (I can't tell you whether the list is outdated and they have it, or the list is current and they've run out). I'll bet the Manzoni Dolcetto is nice and not too heavy for Miami summer.
Not that you asked about the food, but I thought the antipasti were a little bland, but loved the risi e bisi. Enjoy!
For a frizzy, the Forteto Moscato d'Asti is a good "date" wine... by glass or bottle.
As for whites I would have no problem ordering the Pieropan Soave Classico 2006 or the Soave Calvarino 2005, both in your budget.
All the above are in your budget range... In addition to being a great apertif and matching alot of apps, the Moscato has the added advantage of being a very dessert-friendly wine also... pair it with a chocolate or berry dessert, it's delicious, palate refreshing, etc. etc.
As for a red, depending on what you're ordering you may not need one, or perhaps just a red by the glass or a 250ml would suffice.....