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Vic Rallo with Winemakers

Winemaker Roundtable Video Interviews

See the video playlist you’ve been waiting for! Vic talks with 5 Italian winemakers on their history, wine production, and the unique terroir that makes each wine truly Italian!

Lia Banville – Tolaini – Tuscany
Ornella Cordara Col di Venti – Piemonte
Giuseppe Pagano – San Salvatore – Campania
Federica Morricone – Villa Medoro – Abruzzo
Pietro Cassina – Pietro Cassina – Piemonte


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The Winemakers Roundtable Tasting Photos

This week, Vic Rallo hosted an unbelievable tasting with five outstanding Italian winemakers at Undici in Rumson, NJ! The guest list included:

Lia Banville – Tolaini – Tuscany
Ornella Cordara Col di Venti – Piemonte
Giuseppe Pagano – San Salvatore – Campania
Federica Morricone – Villa Medoro – Abruzzo
Pietro Cassina – Pietro Cassina – Piemonte

Before the event Vic talked wine, tasted and interviewed the winemakers. Click Here for all the winemaker video interviews!

Winemaker Roundtable Photo Gallery
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Upcoming Events with Vic Rallo

Join Vic Rallo for Our Upcoming Wine Events
Hosted by Undici Taverna Rustica in Rumson, NJ
December 3  |  January 14  |  February 4

An Evening with Aldo Raffanelli & the Wines of Antinori

Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30pm
$79 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Dinner, tasting and educational seminar

Join us for an intimate evening with Aldo Raffanelli and the wines of Antinori paired with delicious regional cuisine.
The Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine for over six centuries. Through twenty six generations, the family has always directly managed this work with courageous and, at times, innovative decisions, but always maintaining, unaltered, a fundamental respect for tradition and for the territory in which they have operated.
Today the firm is run by Marquis Piero Antinori with the support of his three daugthers, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia, directly involved in the work of the house. Tradition, passion, and intuition have been the three driving principles which have led the Marquis Antinori firm to become a leader in Italian wine.
For Tickets, Call Undici at 732-842-3880

The Award-Winning Wines of Nino Negri with Sarah Maule

Tuesday, January 14th at 6:30pm
$79 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Dinner, tasting and educational seminar

“Nino Negri has confirmed itself a star of first magnitude.” – Gambero Rosso

Established in 1897, Nino Negri is the premier estate producing wine in the Valtellina DOCG in Italy’s Lombardy region. The success of Nino Negri and the greater Valtellina region is due largely to the efforts of winemaker Casimiro Maule who has worked at the estate since 1971, his entire professional life. In 2007, Casimiro was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Gambero Rosso, the authority in Italian wine.

For Tickets, Call Undici at 732-842-3880

The Legendary Wines of Marchese di Gresy, Piemonte with Jeff Chilcott

Tuesday, February 4th at 6:30pm
$79 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Dinner, tasting and educational seminar

In the 1960’s, Alberto di Grésy spent much of his time supervising the agricultural operations of the family estates where he concluded early on that he didn’t want to limit himself to selling the grapes from his vineyards to the finest wine producers in the area as was the tradition in the Langhe. In 1973 Alberto di Grésy began vinifying his own wine: the objective to produce wine with the best available technology while respecting tradition, and to transfer as much as possible of the character and personality of the terrain, vineyard site and varietal into the bottle.

The winery, recently expanded, provides the means to produce products of the highest quality, with respect to the oenological tradition from grapes grown in the various estates which di Grésy owns.

For Tickets, Call Undici at 732-842-3880

Italian Wine Report: Friuli

Italian Wine Report: Friuli

(July 21, 2013 – August 6, 2013)
by Victor Rallo, Jr. and Anthony Verdoni

We drank these wines at the Vie de Romans winery in Mariano del Friuli with Gianfranco Gallo and his family. We tasted several vintages of each of these wines back to the 1989 vintage. Gianfranco seems to add a touch of immortality to his white wines, enabling them to develop in the bottle for a decade or more. Eating and drinking in Friuli is a tough job, but somebody has to do it. In this instance, you’ll have to rely on my and Tony’s ratings of these unbelievable wines.

-Vic Rallo

Click Here to Read the Entire Article (PDF)

Appetite at Count Basie Theatre

Back to Back Events with Vic at the Count Basie Theatre

Sunday, September 7 – Joe Bastianich with Special Guest Victor Rallo

After a day-long competition in the delicious Count Basie tasting tent, the top cooking finalists will join Joe Bastianich and special guest Victor Rallo on the Basie stage to cook against Victor while Joe reprises his role from MasterChef as he judges the competition.

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Sunday, September 8 – Taste & Talk™ Sunday – A Taste and Tour of Italian Wine with Vic Rallo
From 3-6pm

Join us for an afternoon in the Taste and Talk™ Tent with seven of the best Italian wine producers from the Kobrand Corporation Tour, as you sample wines and learn about their vintages and vineyards. Moderated by Victor Rallo of Public Television’s Eat! Drink! Italy!

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Fancesco Moser, Victor Rallo, and Carlo Moser

Wine Dinner with Francesco Moser

I recently hosted a sold-out wine tasting and dinner with Italian cycling legend Francesco Moser! We were joined by Francesco himself and his son Carlo who also works as the Moser winery. From delicious Legrein to the sparkling wine named after his world record (51,151) Francesco Moser brings the same passion and talent he has for cycling into his wines. Below are some photos from the event at Undici. We also had a very special guest from Second Life Cycling: a young cyclist from Noah who got to meet his favorite rider of all time!

Iacopo Lenci, Victor Rallo, Agostino Lenci

Interviews with Agostino & Iacopo Lenci

We recently hosted Agostino and Iacopo Lenci at Undici in Rumson, NJ for a unique tasting event. Agostino is the winemaker for Fattoria di Magliano, and Iacopo (his son) is the brewer of Bruton Italian Beers. We tasted the wines of the father, and the beers of the son in one outstanding and truly special night! You can view the photos from that event here.

I got to sit down with each of them and talk about their craft, the area in which they work, and the culture behind each product that they make.

Victor Rallo Interviews Brewer Iacopo Lenci of Bruton Italian Beer over Basil T’s microbrews. Learn how a lack of historical beer culture allows Iacopo to explore and create as a brewer, and how the Italian craft beer scene is exploding across Italy.

Victor talks with Agostino Lenci about the beautiful estate of Fattoria di Magliano in costal Tuscany. Just over an our outside of Rome and a short drive from the beach, Fattoria Magliano not only produces top-notch Tuscan wines, but has an old farmhouse turned into an inn, making it the perfect getaway when seeing the sights of Tuscany and Rome.

Fabrizio Iuli & Summer Wolff

The Wines of Iuli with Fabrizio Iuli & Summer Wolff

Victor talks about the wines of Iuli with winemaker Fabrizio Iuli and Indie Wines founder Summer Wolff. Fabrizio explains the deep family tradition that has earned him the unofficial title of Barberaista, and remarks upon the beautiful vineyard of Iuli nestled deep in the wooded hills of Monferrato. Iuli winery produces biodynamic wines without chemicals or pesticides to create truly Italian Barbera.