We were very happy to learn that Il Poggione 2006 Rosso di Montalcino is being served by the quartino and is featured in a "Tuscan wine dinner" at Mario Batali's Manhattan restaurant Otto Pizzeria.
"The 2006 Rosso di Montalcino by Il Poggione is drinking very
well right now," said Otto wine director Dan Amatuzzi, above. "It's extremely approachable but it still expresses the unique
qualities of Montalcino. At a restaurant like ours, where we often have patrons
who are new to Italian wine, it's a wine that is accessible and affordable and
extremely food friendly for the dishes that we offer."
"It goes great with all of the in-house cured meats that we
serve and the imported Italian cheeses but my favorite thing to pair it with is
the Rigatoni with Stracotto, pasta served with a tomato-based sauce of slowly
braised pork — similar to the classic Tuscan pairing of wild boar ragù and
Dan "grew up in a typical Italian household consisting of
long sunday dinners with extended family members. Wine was always consumed, and
it was then I was introduced to the divine drink. The interest to learn more than
the average Joe blossomed only after my return from a semester in Florence in 2003."
He has been working at Otto since May 2008. He also contributes wine and spirits articles to the New
Jersey-based publication 201 Magazine.
Otto's Italian wine education program is widely considered one of the best in the U.S. and celeb Italian chef Mario Batali and leading Italian wine expert Joe Bastianich often drop by for tastings and demonstrations.