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Oct 7, 2010 12:35 PM

The right wine off the wine list at Apizz? Help with Italian wines!


I'm have an upcoming weekend reservation at Apizz, largely based off some positive comments from this board.

I'm lacking in knowledge of Italian wines. I typically prefer the bigger cabs. A brunello? A Barbaresco? A Rosso de Mantalcino? Its a pretty reasonably priced list and I'll likely not exceed the $100 price tag given my dining companions.

Any of you have a working knowledge in those wines care to persue the list and identify any solid values which we might enjoy? is the web site click "vino" to see the wine menu.

Much thanks fellow hounds and oenophiles.

217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

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  1. iuspock, sommeliers have a job to assist customers like you when choosing a good value wine, and you should feel entirely comfortable asking lots of questions and learning what the restaurant has to offer that fits your taste and budget. There should be no problem finding a bottle under $100 that is perfectly enjoyable. I've always found asking the staff lots of questoins about the food and wine one of the more enjoyable aspects of dining out. You learn, and if the staff is professional, they are pleased to share their knowledge and love of the items you're about to enjoy!

    1. The wine list is not as robust as per my expectations on this restaurant. There are some familiar names and plenty of unfamiliar ones. Whenever I’m not familiar with many bottles from the list, I normally ask for and seek advice from sommelier. Otherwise, I would go with the ones that I’m familiar with. Btw, imho, the wine list at this restaurant is grossly marked-up.

      Now if it were me dining, I would go with the ’05 Marco Porelli Arneis ($36) as my starter. Food friendly and quite versatile to go with most appetizers, or to sip as an aperitif.

      As for the reds, I’ll either go with the ’04 Feudi di San Gregorio “Rubrato” Aglianico ($42), a big and robust wine to accompany hearty and bold-flavored dishes, or the food-friendly ’03 Brunelli Rosso di Montalcino ($62), quite rustic and has the structure to go with a simple pasta dish and/or a hearty meat/steak dish.

      By the way, you mentioned Barbaresco in your post. I don’t see one in the wine list. Am I looking at a different list from yours, or did I just miss it?

      Also, doesn’t the restaurant have a sommelier with whom you can seek advice from?

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      1. re: RCC

        I'll definitely ask the sommelier for some assistance for wine and food pairings. I prefer not to go in blind. Plus it makes me feel important if I can share some up front knowledge with my dining companions :) !

        RCC # 145 Babaresco, Marchesi de Barolo....or is that a Barolo?

        398 West Broadway, New York, NY 10012

        1. re: iuspock

          You are right, there is a Barbaresco. I missed it.
          Marchesi di Barolo is one of the largest producer in the Piedmont, and not that good a value, imho.

      2. I have been to Apizz many times and you will love it. I have had bottles 146 and 149, both I would highly reccomend.

        217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

        1. Please note that this list has not been updated for, oh say four years. This sloppiness is also found in the selection.