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This Week's RESERVED PLACE Tasting

Giorgio Rivetti in person - The wines of La Spinetta and Contratto, 1-3pm
November 2, 2022

...will at Ristorante Nando, $30 per person, 1-3pm. Reservations required.


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Federal WineLine

Wednesday, November 2, 1 - 3pm

Giorgio Rivetti In person

The wines of La Spinetta and Contratto

Ristorante Nando

393 Hanover Street North End

$30 per person, Limited to 30 people


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Giorgio Rivetti


Peter writes,

We are thrilled to welcome Giorgio Rivetti to Boston. This tasting will feature wines from three of Giorgio’s estates. We will have wines from Casanova della Spinetta in Tuscany, Contratto in Piedmont, and La Spinetta in Barbaresco. As many of you know, the Rivetti family produces some of the most outstanding wines in the world. Also, as many of you know, spending an afternoon with Giorgio is a magical experience.

This will be a walk-around tasting with tasty hors d’oeuvres, including Tuna Tartare Crostini, Caprese Sticks, Prosciutto and Melon, and Lamp Chop Lollipops, among others. 

For the wines, we will have the  2017 Contratto Brut Rose For England, The history of sparkling wine in Italy begins with Contratto. This wine was the first one in the world to be vinified dry.

We will begin the reds with the 2019 La Spinetta Barbera Ca di Pian. This was a new benchmark for Barbera when Giorgio first made it. The wine is rich, dynamic, and delicious. 

The 2018 Casanova della Spinetta Chianti Riserva will represent the family’s estate in Tuscany. It is is a great affordable Sangiovese.

 We will have three Nebbiolos from La Spinetta. The 2019 La Spinetta Langhe Nebbiolo is the epitome of its type. It shows all the red fruit, flowers, and spice in an approachable style. We will taste two of the current release Barbarescos. The 2019 La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina and the 2019 La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi are both from single vineyards in Neive. The wines are spectacular, remarkably similar, and remarkably different simultaneously.


2017 Contratto Brut Rose For England:  48/bottle Mix six: 41/bottle

2019 La Spinetta Barbera Ca di Pian: 27/bottle Mix six: 23/bottle

2019 La Spinetta Langhe Nebbiolo: 36/bottle  Mix six: 31/bottle

2018 Casanova della Spinetta Chianti Riserva: 32/bottle Mix six 27/bottle

2019 La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina: 176/bottle Mix six 149/bottle

2019 La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi: 176/bottle Mix six: 149/bottle


Reserve a place here: peter@federalwine.com


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Please pass this on to any friends who are wine enthusiasts!


           - Peter Hemenway




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