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Posted May 30th, 2012 in Italy, Wine Review

Love for Tintero


I recently had the pleasure of visiting one of my favorite growers from the Kermit Lynch — Italian portfolio this Spring. I met with Marco Tintero at his home in the town of Mango, in the Piedmont region of Italy. The area is about 17 km directly east of Alba, and is considered one of the best areas to grow Moscato. I had the chance to carefully walk through the rows of his steep vineyards, listen to his philosophy on wine making, and have dinner with him and his family.

Ask anyone who works with me, and they will tell you how much of a fan I am of Marco and his wines. He puts out some great everyday wines that I enjoy drinking with my wife at home during the week, and for get-togethers with friends over the weekend. Marco and I first met here in NYC, when I was asked to work with him in the market on his visit to the US. We had a great time together talking while traveling the boroughs. We also did a tasting event at the end of the day with the Vino Bianco”Grangia” (which is a frizzante blend of Favorita, Chardonnay, and Moscato), and the Tintero Rosso (a blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, and Cab Franc), followed by a dinner with Bruce Neyers of Kermit Lynch and a handful of other growers at the Grand Sichuan down the street from our office.

This time around, I flew to Turin to visit Marco and the Tintero vineyards and gain a better understanding of how the wines are made. When we arrived at the property, Marco took the time to show us around the vineyard that is made up of mainly clay and limestone soils. He showed us how he makes his Moscato D’Asti, and explained the extremely technical process involved. We sat down for a dinner prepared by Marco’s family, starting off the meal of course with an aperitif of Moscato D’Asti. There are three things that have to be in balance when drinking Moscato D’Asti. Fruit, sugar, and acid…and all three of them were in perfect order with this very refreshing aperitif frizzante. We then followed with a few bottles of the Tintero Arneis and Favorita wines, with a serving of Vitello Tonnato which is a well-known Italian dish of cold, sliced veal covered with a cream sauce of tuna. A fresh salad from their garden and some local cheeses from the market to end the meal on a perfect note.

It was a such a great experience to have an everyday dinner with Marco and his family. They hosted us graciously, and made me appreciate what they are doing with the wines even more. The meal, the wines, the conversation, and the atmosphere of the property made me feel right at home. I’m having a glass of slightly chilled Tintero Rosso this weekend while I’m writing this note. Pairs perfectly with a handful of morel mushrooms I was able to forage this season sauteed in butter and salt. Cheers!


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