Barolo and Barbaresco, the great wines from Piemonte province (Piedmont) in northern Italy, are well-known around the world. The majestic grape in these spettocolare vini (spectacular wines) is Nebbiolo which grows in northern Italy like no other place in the world. Adjacent to Piemonte is the province of Lombardia (Lombardy) where the local Nebbiolo variety is called Chiavennasca (key-ah-vah-nas-ka) and the appellation is Valtellina.


Valtellina is a valley on the border  with Switzerland. It is one of Italy’s smallest wine regions, nestled in foothills of the Alps with high altitude vineyards angled on steep slopes and tiny terraces. Vineyard management especially harvesting grapes is an arduous task on steep mountains. 

Nino Negri_#13_CruCarloNegri_rev1You are invited to join our Zoom Happy Hour for a virtual tasting of Nino Negri wines, one of the largest producers in Valtellina. I will be joined by the winemaker’s daughter for lively conversation while tasting 100% Nebbiolo wines.


The following wines we are tasting are available at Sunrise Cellars/Shop-Rite of Caldwell:

  • Nino Negri Quadrio 2016 $17.99
  • Nino Negri Inferno 2016 $26.99
  • Nino Negri Le Tense 2017 $34.99
  • Special event pricing – 25% discount/bottle

Please send email to rcmartoglio@gmail.com to receive Zoom link to our happy hour.


Nino Negri Quadrio Valtellina Superiore 2016 | $18 |
Nebbiolo 90%, Merlot 10% | 14% ALC |
Wine Spectator 88 rating says “A balanced, medium-bodied red, with light, creamy tannins and easy-drinking flavors of black cherry and raspberry fruit, dried thyme and citrus. Minerally finish. Nebbiolo and Merlot. Drink now. “


Nino Negri Inferno Valtellina Superiore 2016 | $27 |
Nebbiolo 100% | 12.5% ALC |
Wildman Distributors says “Inferno is deep garnet with well pronounced perfume of spice, dried flowers, plum and jam. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and dry with elegant notes of berry, herb, cedar-spice.”


Nino Negri Le Tense Sasella Valtellina Superiore 2017 | $35 |
Nebbiolo 100% | 14% ALC |
Wildman Distributors says “Le Tense shows elegant style of Chiavennasca. A bright, medium ruby color is followed by nose of bright fruit, earth and spice. The wine is medium bodied on the plate with layers of fruit and firm, dry finish.”

Cheers, Bob the WineGuy
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