A Night Of Wine & Dine With Elia Pellegrini From Aia Vecchia Winery

At a wine dinner at,Galli NYC, I had the chance to get up close and personal with Aia Vecchia Wines. Galli offers traditional Italian fare which was perfect for pairing with the wines.

Elia Pellegrini hosted the  intimate dinner. His family has been in the wine business for four generations. Pellegrini thought that he would be a professional soccer player in the Italian Football Leagues, in fact he was for a period of time. In 2011, the universe threw a plot twist into his life in the form of a knee injury. That’s when he retired from soccer and join his family’s winery. I say there are no coincidences.  Pellegrini has always been surrounded by wine. The house that he grew up in is right next to the winery. Sometimes things are simply a part of our destiny.

After being in the wine business for years the Pellegrini family founded Aia Vecchia in 1996 with their first vintage being in 1998. At the dinner we paired four wines from their portfolio: Solido Rosato 2016, Vermentino 2016, Lagone 2015, and Sor Ugo 2014.

Solidio Rosato 2016– We kicked off the dinner with one. It was nice pre-game to the other wines. This rosato is light but frisky on the tongue. It’s made with Sangiovese  and Merlot grapes. It’s a versatile wine that can be paired with just about anything.


Vermentino 2016– Paired with appetizers of meat and cheeses, it makes for a lovely aperitif. The aroma of the wine will make you feel like you are smell fresh cut grass.  An interesting mix of Vermentino and Viognier grapes.


Lagone 2015– This juicy red is a mix of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The aromas of berries and cherries are an intense delight. This wine would pair lovely with meat and hearty pasta dishes.

Sor Ugo 2014– This wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. It’s a rich wine will taste like a swirl of  coffee, licorice, and black currents. Red wine drinkers will appreciate this one.

Aia Vecchia makes affordable wine that is perfect for pairing for everyday drinking.  If you can’t make it to Tuscany, sip a Aia Vecchia and feel like you are there. Cheers!


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