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Wine Wednesday


With Fathersday coming up, we have decided to pick a Wine of the Week that goes with our Book & Bottle Fathers Day Gift Set. Pick a book at TITLE store, across the road from Bel & Brio, and get this delicious bottle with a stunning discount! So Dad can sip on his glass of red while reading his new Fathers Day gift. Cellar Manager, Daniele, has picked this beautiful Italian Red Wine from San Clemente, a tiny community close to the East Coast of Italy in the Province of Rimini.

Cellar Pick of the Week: Ca Ragni Botte Piccola
Origin: San Clemente, Emilia- Romagna, Italy
Grape varietal: Sangiovese blend

Ca Ragni was founded in 1954, by someone great grandfather Ragni, first name ‘Secondo’. He purchased 10 acres of land and planted the Sangiovese vines. Why was his name ‘Second’ you wonder? It is a funny story. Families in the past were big and with so many kids they called the first ‘First’, the second ‘Second’ and so on.

The Vineyard of Ca Ragni is located in the hills of San Clemente, Emilia- Romagna, Italy. Close to the Adriatic Sea and right next to Tuscany. It’s the region of Bolognese sauce, lasagna, ravioli and gnocchi. From the city of Parma comes Grana Padano and from Modena, Balsamic Vinegar. The closest city is Rimini – famous for Piada – a special flat bread that is made from a variety of grains and filled with delectable seasonal ingredients. It is lovingly kneaded by expert Nonnas.

Their most popular wine is definitely the Botte Piccola – a Sangiovese blend aged in large barrels for a year and then in small French Oak barrels for six months.

They currently produce some of the best Sangiovese in Rimini Hills – a province famous for D.O.C. status which guarantees the origin of the wine. Their Botte Piccola, or Small Barrel, is a masterpiece. The colour is an intense red with shades of purple. You can smell berries and raisins and tastes notes of cocoa, liquorice and cinnamon.

This full-bodied drop is best paired with strong flavours such as truffle, seasoned cheese and red meat which all enhance the complexity of the Botte Piccola.


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