October 8, 2018

How’d we get to the New World?

There is a great stylistic divide in the world of wine between the Old World and the New World. The distinction is drawn between places, but not necessarily bound by place. The difference is between styles of wine, and between understandings of wine’s place in the various cultures. Old World wines tend to be less sweet, more subtle, more prone to ageing, and better suited to classic cuisine. Old World wines are meant to be taken with food, and some are even meant to age for 15 years before they are enjoyable. Wine from the old world occupies an important cultural place, where the old ways are respected, and wine tradition is bigger than any individual label or winemaker. It is a tradition to be respected and ma...

September 3, 2018

I am a wine person. I have spent hours drinking wine and talking about wine with other wine people. It’s a natural impulse for people to try to describe the delicious new things they consume. All men and women, by nature, desire to know. When wine is involved, this natural pursuit can get weird. The occasion usually begins harmlessly enough, with folks tossing around words like rich, bold, or crisp. Easy enough, and “yeah, this wine is a little smoky!”

Then someone says tannic grip. Oh boy, here we go.

The gates of winespeak have opened, and everyone has something different to say about each sip. I have heard (and uttered) any number of strange notes. Among the highlights: stemmy, mineralic, freshly dried lavender (how is this possible?), die...

August 2, 2018

Ciao, amici!

August’s theme for wine tastings is “Italian Locations.” Italy is known the world over as home to the finest wines being made today. I want to bring some of that tradition to the table this month at Lamberti’s.

Italy has made strides to protect the great traditions that have sprung up in wine making regions across the country. Knowing a little about the law can help you pick out the right wine (even if you don’t speak Italian!), and gain some appreciation for just what goes into each bottle. In Italy, there are four basic divisions: IGP, IGT, DOC, and DOCG.

Before we delve into detail, keep in mind that these divisions are NOT straight indicators of quality. Rather, they tell you about how and where the wine was made. It’s true th...

December 21, 2017

Ciao, amici! Hello, friends! My name Is Michael Malpiedi, and I am Maestro di Vino at Lamberti’s. As we ring in the New Year, we have some great news to share with you! We will be adding lots of new and interesting wines to our wine list, and, even more importantly, introducing weekly wine tastings at the restaurant, exclusive wine dinners, and wine classes for our aspiring connoisseurs! Every month, our tastings will follow a particular theme, whether it be a varietal, region or even terroir.

Each month, I will provide news and updates on the wine theme for that month, as well as giving you a preview of the wines for the wine tastings, announcements about new wines added to the Lamberti’s Wine List, as well as our most exclusive wine dinner...

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