Wine shop offers winter warmer with wine tasting

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The Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman is offering an option for staying warm with a complimentary tasting of the Italian-style wines of local resident Gino Cuneo.

Tre Nova Wines will be poured at the downtown Walla Walla retail shop, 19 N. Second Ave., starting today at 1 p.m. “until the last drop has been poured,” wine woman Catie McIntyre Walker said. Complimentary tastings of Cuneo’s current Italian style releases and futures wines will continue Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

A little about Cuneo, according to his website: A Pacific Northwest winemaker since 1989, he has explored how Italian red varietals express themselves in the warm climate regions of Washington and Oregon.

He started Cuneo Cellars in 1993, and made his first Italian varietal wine, Nebbiolo, one year later. In 1998 he began working with sangiovese and in 2002 teamed with Jim Holmes of Ciel du Cheval Vineyard in the planting of the first commercial certified Brunello clone of sangiovese in North America.

In 2003 he produced his first Appassimento Style wine fashioned after the Venetian Amarone, the site explains. Currently Tre Nova Seccopassa is the only wine in America made in this traditional dried-fruit way.

Cuneo was named the 2005 Oregon Winery of the Year by “Wine Press Northwest.” In 2008, Gino Cuneo Cellars was born, and the Tre Nova brand was launched. For more details on this weekend’s event, call 529-0503.

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