Italian Wine Merchants (IWM) is a wine shop that, not surprisingly, specializes in Italian wines. It’s located at 108 East 16th Street across from Union Square Park in Manhattan.
Unusual for a wine store, they have a small room and a dedicated kitchen in the back of the shop that they use as a venue where they host wine dinners and wine tastings.
On the weekend after Thanksgiving Day they hosted their Black Friday mini grand tasting. On this Saturday afternoon, it was a casual walk-around tasting of 32 Italian wines. I’ve been to a few tastings at this venue and I know they pour quality juice. It was a mostly a red wine list with a couple of sparking wines, a rosé and a handful of whites thrown in. They poured a good representation of Italian wines from the North to the South of the boot.
As usual they put out a nice spread of food with good bread and an excellent selection of charcuterie. The kitchen cooked up a couple of tasty pasta dishes as well.
It’s a popular event and the crowd became a little thick at times but I was able to sample as many wines as I wanted, everyone was in a festive mood. My favorites of the afternoon were a couple of Nebbiolo based wines, the 2015 Luigi Giordano Barbaresco Asili and the 2015 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia.
|NV Cima da Conegliano Prosecco Extra Dry||2011 Castello Bonomi Franciacorta Brut Cru Perdu|
|2018 Cornarea Roero Arneis||2015 Drago Collio Friulano|
|2018 De Concilus Falanghia||2018 Masut da Rive Maurus Chardonnay|
|2015 Per Luna Cerasuolo||2016 Hilberg-Pasquero Vareij|
|2016 Hilberg-Pasquero 29.5 Per Alessandra Barbera d’Alba||2016 San Giuliano Barbera Fiore di Marcorino|
|2015 San Giuliano Barbaresco||2017 Scarzello Langhe Nebbiolo|
|2013 Scarzello Barolo||2015 Luigi Giordano Barbaresco Asili|
|2015 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia||2013 Gaja Costa Russi|
|2017 Masut da Rive Maurus Pinot Noir||2018 Per Linda Montepulciano d’Abruzzo|
|2017 Schiena Vini Salento Enneoro Negroamaro||2017 Schiena Vini Impero Primitivo di Manduria|
2017 De Conciliis Donnaluna Anglianico
|2010 De Conciliis Naima|
|2017 Begali Valpolicella Classico||2012 Nicolis Amarone dell Valpolicella Classico|
|2008 Giuseppe Quintarelli Rosso del Bepi||2014 La Corsa Settefinestre|
|2014 La Corsa Teroldego||2015 Trecciano Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva|
|2017 Collemattoni Rosso di Montalcino||2016 Le Mortelle Botrosecco Maremma|
|2011 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino||
2012 Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva