by Winebounty Team| Jan 12, 2024

Imagine this: a fun-filled evening on the horizon with friends, filled with laughter and surrounded by fantastic homemade pizzas, charcuterie, cheese, and salads. Amongst all the cheer, the real stars of the show are our two major contenders of the night – the 2016 Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis and the 2016 Sassetti Livio Brunello di Montalcino. Two iconic Italian wines, but in what order to enjoy them? Let’s break it down.

First poured is the 2016 Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis— this wine arrives with as much fanfare as an old friend entering a party. Its deep, rich red color immediately captures everyone’s attention. Once you take a sip, its boldness comes forth. It’s like a carnival of flavors, with black cherry, licorice, and a touch of truffle adding their notes to the fray. Especially when paired up with our homemade pizzas, it takes the taste to another level. The strong flavors mesh well with the pizza, making each bite a gourmet experience.

Then enters the 2016 Sassetti Livio Brunello di Montalcino–warm and inviting, the wine feels like a warm embrace from an old friend. Its vibrant ruby color calls out like a beacon, and its taste doesn’t disappoint. The combination of red fruits with a subtle spice texture makes each sip a calming experience. The Brunello paired splendidly with the charcuterie and cheese, its smooth flavor countered by the rich, earthy tastes of the meats and cheese. It also added its own zing to the freshness of the salads, making every bite more enjoyable.

When it comes to comparing the Barolo and the Brunello, it’s almost as difficult as picking a favorite friend. They’re charming in their own ways – the Barolo with its bold, outgoing persona and the Brunello with its quiet, sophisticated vibe. What one person might appreciate, another might find ordinary. The real enjoyment of our tasting came from the camaraderie, the shared appreciation for good wines, and the laughter that filled the evening.

The secret to any wine tasting is really about who you’re sharing the bottle with. So here’s to the nights filled with good wine, great food, and the best company. Cheers to more such moments in the future!

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