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scarpetta: help w/ winelist?

jon462 Nov 20, 2008 07:51 AM


i'm taking my fiance for an anniversary dinner @ scarpetta. I love wine but going through a big list of unknowns to me is a daunting task. Has anyone dined here with a recommendation for a red?

Appreciate any help. cheers

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    intrepid Nov 20, 2008 08:46 AM

    price range?? if no matter, go italian big reds 1990- 1995-1997 super tuscans, brunellos,barolos, amarones

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      jon462 Nov 20, 2008 08:48 AM

      trying to keep it under 150-175 i think anythin more expensive would go over my head. any good value on the list? i know it will be overpriced

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        intrepid Nov 20, 2008 09:22 AM

        im unimpressed with their italian reds

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      Simon Nov 20, 2008 11:28 AM

      i'm usually not very into Italian wine, but i've liked a lot of the things i've sampled by the glass at Scarpetta...

      a good rec will depend on what you decide to order for food...if you want to explore various wines, consider trying a few different things by the glass to pair w/ your various courses...the staff at Scarpetta are superb: they'll gladly let you sip various wines and will make recommendations based on your tastes and food selections...if you like/dislike some of the things you try sips of by the glass, then they'll be able to recommend a bottle that suits your palate if you decide to go the bottle route...

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        RCC Nov 20, 2008 03:54 PM

        Instead of just asking for what wine to recommend, can you provide what you and your fiance plan on ordering?

        For example, I wouldn't recommend that you order a big Italian red if you'll have it with some light delicate fish dish.

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          msny98 Nov 20, 2008 04:40 PM

          I think their list has a lot of value, particularly outside Tuscany. Some of the Aglianicos look good as to many of the others. Best move might be to ask for recs in a certain price range. They poured me some nice ones last time I was there and I have a fairly good palate

          1. il Trifulau Nov 20, 2008 04:42 PM

            I'm big into Italian wines and because I don't like to buy high end bottles in restaurants, I have to tell you that this is a great Piedmont wine for a very fair price.

            2106 Barbera d Mba, Dante Rivetti, Mara 2005 $41

            For a little more, I like this:
            2104 Barbaresco, Produtorri del Barbaresco 2004 $69

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              rrems Nov 20, 2008 06:24 PM

              Scarpetta has some excellent wines that are not overpriced, and the staff is knowledgeable, just ask them. I think the wine list shown on the website is outdated, as I have had wines on it that I did not see again when I was there recently.

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                wew Nov 21, 2008 01:17 PM

                Rioja,1994, San Vicente, $130
                Chablis, Montee de Tonnerre, 1999, Raveneau, $165
                "Soffocone", 2006, Graetz, $82
                Nero d'avola / Frappato, 2005, Cos, $66
                Grignolino,????,Rinaldi, $65
                The first two are true celebration wines. The last three are excellent food wines listed heaviest to lightest.

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                  Simon Nov 21, 2008 01:59 PM

                  the Grignolino (if it's the same one) was my favorite on the by-the-glass list, but they were out of it the last time i was there

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