Above: Newpoli — a southern Italian folk group — will be appearing at Farfalle Market in Concord, MA on Sunday, March 30. How cool is that?
We wanted to give a shout-out today to Farfalle Italian Market and Café in Concord, MA.
We haven’t had a chance to visit the good folks there in person yet. But we’ve been getting to know them through social media.
Their style and their approach to Italian enogastronomy align seamlessly with ours: wholesome foods and wines balanced by an appreciation of the arts.
It’s through their social media that we learned about Newpoli, a folk group that devotes its repertoire to the traditional songs of southern Italy.
Contact and Google map info follow and please don’t forget to like them on Facebook.
Farfalle Italian Market & Café
26 Concord Crossing
Concord, MA 01742
Above: Paolo Cantele is in New York City today, slinging wine.
As I write this, it’s only 69° in New York City today.
But temperatures will reach the low 80s.
Add to that mix the fact that it’s hotter down in the subway and that you have to lug a wine bag, teeming with 12 bottles, up an down the stairs while wearing a sports coat.
What do you get? The glamorous life of a traveling wine salesman.
But you know what makes it all worth while?
When someone like top New York wine professional Morgan Pruitt tells you: “Dug the whole lineup. Nice to see such fresh wines from Puglia.”
Hang in there, Paolo! And keep on keeping the world safe for Pugliese wine!
175 North Main Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
This dude KNOWS Italian wine… Before becoming a wine buyer at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s wine store in Port Chester, New York — Tarry Wine — Morgan Pruitt worked at the legendary Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in Manhattan, the place where Batali and Bastianich started the Italian wine revolution in New York.
The years that Morgan worked there — 2000-2007 — were the period that Italian wine took the U.S. by storm (in great part thanks to the team at Babbo, who showed the world the breadth and scope of Italian by launching one of the first 300+ lot all-Italian lists in North America). Morgan was there when it all went down.
Today, as a wine buyer at what has been called a “mini Eataly,” Morgan brings his expertise and experience to bear in a market where the Italian wine renaissance continues to expand (explode, really).
Morgan sat down earlier this week with Paolo Cantele and was particularly impressed with the 2009 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva, which will soon be available at the store.
Morgan, keep on rocking it brother and bringing the good Italian wine to the people! Thanks for your support (and for your love of Italian wine).