Supporting our local community during Great Plates: We are also featuring the Piccini Memoro and Piccini Pinot Grigio with our three-course food pairing in support of the Larimer County food bank until March 14th, 2017.  The Memoro is a rustic Italian red blend with a long finish and the Pinot Grigio has its origins in Veneto, one of Italy’s best regions for the classic Italian white wine.

There are two theories about the Aglianico grape:

  1. it was brought to Campania by the ancient Greeks in the 8th century B.C.
  2. it is a native grape to southern Italy.
Today, the modern day revolution of southern Italian wine is being led by the powerful Aglianico grape.

Our 2012 Guastaferro Memini Irpinia offers a true expression of the Aglianico grape with its full body and firm tannins.  This wine is the perfect match for any of our dry-aged steaks or our signature Polpette Bevevino dish.

On the nose, you’re immediately met with smoke and violet; on the palate, you may find coffee, red cherries, and maybe even mezcal.  The vineyard sits 2,000 feet above sea level in the mountainous Taurasi zone of Campania.  The grapes are harvested in late October and due to the high elevation, a snowfall or two is possible before the harvest.

Leaving the grapes on the vines allows for a higher concentration of the grapes and a silky long lasting finish in the glass.

RARE Italian Restaurant is located in the heart of Old Town, Fort Collins and features an extensive wine list and in-house dry-aging room to offer the best steaks in Northern Colorado.