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Originating in Italy's northern regions of Friuli Venezia-Giulia,
Piedmont, Trentino-Alto Adige and the Veneto, Grappa is made by distilling
the grape vinacce (skins, pulp, seeds and stems). Much like fine
wine, there is a vast difference in the quality of industrial and
artisinal versions. The quality and freshness of the raw materials is
paramount, and it is the smaller scaled distilleries using single batch
discontinuous distillation techniques that produce the finest, most aromatic
UE, or Aqua Vitae, is made using the same process but rather than distilling the vinacce it is made from fresh grapes, capturing more of the varieties unique characteristics. Fruit distillates are made using a similiar technique and are especially popular throughtout the North East.
Grappa is best served in a small, clear tulip-shaped glass at around cellar temperature, 15°C, and is enjoyed as a digestive to end a meal, or to accompany simple desserts such as torta di ricotta, panforte and dark chocolate. Alternatively, you can pour Grappa into an espresso coffee to create a caffè corretto, meaning corrected coffee. In the Veneto, there is resentin, meaning little rinser: after finishing a cup of espresso with sugar, add a little splash of Grappa, swirl and drink in one sip!
Amaro, meaning bitter, is also the name given to the popular digestive made in all regions and provinces of Italy. These are made by infusing alcohol with fruits, botanicals and herbs and they vary in terms of bitterness and alcoholic strength. Best enjoyed served cool, or on ice with a wedge of lemon or orange at the end of a meal.
Marcarini Barolo Chinato NV$ 52 perbottle
Nonino Prunella$ 89 perbottle
Ischia Sapori Limonis$ 93 perbottle
Grattamacco Grappa di Grattamacco$ 95 perbottle
Nonino Amaro$ 97 perbottle
Nonino Grappa Vendemmia$ 97 perbottle
Ischia Sapori Rucolino Amaro$ 105 perbottle
Nonino Grappa Vendemmia Riserva$ 111 perbottle
Questa è Vera Grappa Denim$ 126 perbottle
Nonino ÙE' UvaBianca$ 134 perbottle
Nonino ÙE' UvaRossa$ 134 perbottle
Nonino Il Pirus$ 171 perbottle