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Villa Farnia di Farnese 2017
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC, Italy

Cabin in the Sky (1943)
MONDAY, MAY 6 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Vincente Minnelli’s first directorial effort was this all-star screen adaptation of the successful Broadway play – a delicious accompaniment to the refreshing citrus notes and zesty acidity in this Italian wine. Lena Horne took on one of her few acting roles as temptress Georgia Brown and it proves to be the ideal showcase for her musical talents and natural beauty. But Ethel Waters is the film’s emotional center, who prays – and sings – for her husband’s soul.

THE WINE

The Farnese winery was named after a noble family who, in the 16th century, built some of Rome’s finest palaces but fell in love with the Abruzzo region and made one of the Renaissance period’s most renowned wines there. Today, their wines have a long list of awards and glowing reviews from Robert Parker (“the new releases offer exceptional quality for the money and are delicious”), Decanter, Wine Spectator, Gambero Rosso, and the International Wine Challenge. We’ve worked with the cellar for years, and this exclusive Trebbiano is always popular.

THE GRAPE

In the hands of Farnese’s master winemaker Filippo Baccalaro, Trebbiano (aka Ugni Blanc in France) becomes so much more than the ‘workhorse’ white it’s traditionally been known as. The grapes for this special 2017 release were hand harvested from low-yielding, sloping vineyards in Abruzzo, and quickly transported to the cellar. Cool fermentation ensures all the delicious, delicate flavors of this grape are retained for you to enjoy.

THE REGION

VY_Italy_Campania_mtnThe name Farnese has been associated with fine wine in Abruzzo since Princess Margarita of Austria married Ottavio Farnese, Duke of Parma, in 1538. The region’s wines were dubbed ‘Farnese’ and grew to fame in Europe. The name has been reborn thanks to the tireless efforts of Filippo. He heads up the winemaking team at the cellars, housed in the original Farnese palace in Ortona.

WITH FOOD

Italian wine and food go hand-inhand. So while Villa Farnia would be simply lovely on its own, its light lemon notes make it an ideal partner for citrusy risotto (vegetarian or seafood), poached salmon, or grilled shrimp over pasta with garlic and oil. Common local matches include baccalà (salt cod), bruschetta, and spaghetti alla carbonara (with eggs, cheese, and bacon).

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