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A Taste of Italy: The Beautiful, Biodynamic Lambrusco of La Collina

This Friday evening, the scene at our tasting counter will get a little rustic.

The centerpiece is an evening wine tasting (5:30-7:30pm) featuring the frothy, fizzy Lambrusco wines of La Collina, a biodynamic co-op in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. But the man who will be pouring them—Rick Cook of Idle Hands Sourdough—has recently teamed up with the Weygandt family as our resident bread maker!

So let Rick pour you a taste of delicious wine, then get to know about him and how to order his excellent fresh bread for pick-up at the shop.

La Collina is a whole-agriculture co-op, cultivating everything from fruits and vegetables; to grain (for pasta and beer); to livestock, bees, and dairy.

Founded in 1975 by a young farming collective, the co-op takes a strictly organic and biodynamic approach to its varied agricultural and viticultural pursuits, and committed to flourishing in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem and environment.

Of course, there's also the wine: "frizzante" reds made with care and precision and full of wild fruit, earth, and leather. Here's what Rick will be pouring on Friday:

  • La Collina Lambrusco Dell Emilia Malvasia Lunaris IGT NV ($18/btl)

  • La Collina Lambrusco Dell Emilia Rosa Luna IGT NV ($18/btl)

  • La Collina Lambrusco Dell Emilia Quaresimo IGT NV ($18/btl)

In addition, Rick has begun delivering organic handmade sourdough to the store every couple of weeks, available in a variety of flavors (country loaf, kamut with sesame, heirloom corn loaf, seeded caraway pan loaf, and focaccia of the day). 

Unfortunately, Rick won't have any bread for sale in the store with him on Friday, but he will have samples and be sure to check out Idle Hands Sourdough on Instagram, and follow him for bake schedules and to place pre-orders. All loaves are $9 (cash preferred).

See you on Friday!