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Visionario 2016
Bianco delle Venezie IGT, Italy

Bell, Book, and Candle (1958
Currently Scheduled Not Available At TCM

After filming Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo together, Kim Novak again casts a spell on Jimmy Stewart – literally – in this romantic fantasy-comedy from Columbia Pictures. This film of love and witchcraft works across genres, just as this Italian white blends several different varietals to form the perfect, delicious bottle. This pairing will have you believing in magic.

THE WINE

When you want a glass of something cool and fresh, you can’t beat Friuli’s intensely aromatic, multi-varietal whites. And Alessandro Gallici’s highly acclaimed stunner (see below) is modeled after the region’s most famous, from Luigi Felluga (which, at $50- plus a bottle, is also the priciest). Alessandro doesn’t just base his recipe on Luigi’s, he sources grapes from the same hallowed hill (where team Felluga has to buzz him in through the gates). Enjoy your insider access to this gem – it makes a lovely aperitivo.

THE VISION

Alessandro has a passion for the unique white blends you only find in this part of Italy. For Visionario, he marries local and international grapes from Friuli and Venezie to make a tongue tingling, top-value wine. The Tocai Friuliano grape gives body; Sauvignon Blanc imparts green-fruit notes; Gewürztraminer and Malvasia (both late harvested) lend a kiss of sweetness; and Chardonnay adds ripe citrus flavors. The blend varies slightly each year, but there’s one constant: it’s always delicious.

THE ACCLAIM

WM_AlessandroGallici_SuitVisionario has charmed some of the world’s leading wine authorities. Italy’s No. 1 critic, Luca Maroni, was so impressed he said it was worth at least a 91-point score. And Master of Wine Julia Harding (of JancisRobinson.com) called it a top value and wrote, “totally Italian and Venetian. Juicy, fresh, and complex.” Let us know your thoughts with an online review!

WITH FOOD

fish_Branzino_toppingWith Visionario, it’s all up to you. Enjoy it by itself, or let it lead you from a pre-dinner gathering into a feast of mussels fra diavolo, grilled calamari, or herb-roasted branzino. Alessandro likes it with fresh shrimp platters or alongside a plate of aged Italian cheeses like Taleggio or Piave. Whatever you serve, try having some fun with your guests – see if anyone can guess the grapes!

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