Italian Wines Pairings

A Wine Idea: Radici’s selection of Italian Wines from Sevgi Tüzel-Conghaile’s online wine shop

Recently Radici has had the opportunity to participate in several tastings organized by the founder of the online wine shop “A Wine Idea”, Sevgi Tüzel-Conghaile. This online shop has in its catalago some very interesting Italian wines, some of which we tasted during the tastings, and we decided to report our favorites in this article.

About “A Wine Idea”

A WINE IDEA, founded by Sevgi Tüzel-Conghaile, is a Dublin based wine centric business which is dedicated spreading the word on all things wine. 

Their expertise is in connecting people to the right wine for them and they prioritise customer service and experience at every step of the process.  Their goal is to offer everyone with a wide range of wines at a fair price. They want to make sure no matter what the budget, you can find a wine that they will enjoy. 

One of their favourite things, will always be, getting out to enjoy some wine with you all though their wine tasting events. Over the years, they have organised and hosted hundreds of tastings and they still look forward to the next one.

About Sevgi Tüzel-Conghaile

She is an Oenologist & Viticulturist, who has dedicated her life to wine and has spent time as a winemaker, wine scholar, wine educator and wine consultant. Sevgi is a certified Cava Educator and certified Spanish Wine Specialist. She also joined certified courses that specialize in ChampagneSherryRioja and California.

Sevgi’s passion for wine began while she was studying Food Engineering in one of the wine-producing regions of her native Turkey. Following her graduation, she chased her dreams and started to work as a winemaker in her home country.

Sevgi obtained her MSc in Oenology & Viticulture from the most prestigious universities in the world in the field of wine, Montpellier SupAgro and Bordeaux Sciences Agro in France and Hochschule Geisenheim University in Germany. This also gave her a great opportunity to visit many vineyards and a chance to discover especially the French and German wine regions. She later joined in a research project in Château Couhins in Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux. Following this she joined the team in Heymann-Löwenstein in Mosel in Germany. 

She is the vice-chair of Wine Spirit Women and a member of Irish Guild of Sommeliers. Additionally, she contributed to as a freelance wine writer. Recently she was included on the 50 People to Watch in 2023 by the Irish Times

Radici’s favourites from “A Wine Idea” OnlineWine Shop

Bepin De Eto – Prosecco Superiore, Conegliano-Valdobiadene (Extra-Dry) 2020

A pale yellow sparkling wine with subtle hints of green, compellingly luminous, with a near-endless bead of the tiniest bubbles. Apple, pear, and peach emerge on the nose, lifted by delicate floral notes of rose petals and acacia blossoms, plus a finish ennobled with a hint of fresh greens. The crisp palate is both smooth and sweet, perfectly complemented by a noticeable, lemonish acidity. Fine balance, delicacy, and immediate drinkability.

Food Pairing: Ideal as an aperitif wine, but fine as well with fish, shellfish, and mussels, and it also pairs with with deserts and fresh fruit.

Grape: Glera

Region: Veneto

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Cantina DeMarie – Sabbia NV (Orange Wine)

Sabbia is obtained using white grapes, vinified as a red wine, with skin contact during fermentation. Expect intense aromas of chamomile and green tea, ripe peaches and apricots. It’s rich and full-bodied with pleasant notes of ripe yellow fruits and nuts. This highly unique wine ferments in steel tanks and goes through a slow maceration with skins and seeds. 

Food Pairing: fish soup, foie-gras and spicy dishes.

Grape: Arneis

Region: Piemonte

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GioVinotto – Grillo 2021

Fresh and easy drinking with a savoury note that lends a distinctly Sicilian character.

Food Pairing: grilled seafood, poultry, rice and pasta dishes.

Grape: Grillo

Region: Sicily

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Masseria Capoforte – Negroamaro Salento 2017

Deep, ruby red with a complex nose, ripe red fruit predominates with subtle hints of vanilla and cocoa powder finishing with tobacco leaf and roast espresso bean. Warm, harmonious and full flavoured palate; dry finish marked by discreet tannins. 

Food Pairing: Excellent with rich pasta or rice dishes, red meat or firm hard cheeses.

Grape: Negroamaro

Region: Puglia

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Vesevo Beneventano Falanghina

It’s a fresh, crisp and aromatic quality of the wine whilst still allowing its character to shine through. Perfumes of white flowers and white melon with mineral notes provide a backdrop to the full, ripe palate and lift the finish. An elegant wine, with a touch of honey on the finish.

Food Pairing: Delicious with first courses, in particular fish risottos and also gorgeous with cheese.

Grape: Falanghina

Region: Beneventano, Campania

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