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APF Producer Highlight: Giornata

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Born from a love of all things Italian, Giornata showcases Italy’s traditional varietals in a new setting: the Central Coast of California, in Paso Robles to be exact. Initially starting with one barrel of handpicked nebbiolo, husband and wife team – Brian and Stephanie Terrizzi – have become key players in the Cal-Ital movement. A handful of producers have found luck growing and producing Italian-inspired wines from California soil. With a rustic edge, these showstopper Cali wines reflect an Italian sensibility alongside pure fruit and exquisite depth. Giornata’s offerings are no exception. Sicilian in heritage, Brian found himself inspired by not only the country’s unique and varied grapes but also the winemaking style. After working for Rosenblum Cellars, Brian traveled to Tuscany where he worked alongside Paolo DeMarchi at Isole e Olena where he gained invaluable knowledge and experience.

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Stephanie, or Stephy as she is sometimes called, discovered her passion for wine while employed at a wine bar in Illinois of all places! Earning her advanced sommelier certificate from WSET Court of Master Sommeliers, Stephy and Brian make a formidable team when it comes to balanced winemaking and vineyard management. We here at Pastoral are so pleased to have Stephy in town to show off Giornata’s wares during our Artisan Producer Fest Saturday April 30th from 11am to 3pm at the Chicago French Market (131 n. Clinton).

Read on for a sneak peek of what Stephy will pour at Giornata’s table.

Giornata “il Campo Bianco” Field Blend

A field blend in the truest sense of the term, the “il Campo Bianco” varies vintage to vintage as the best grapes are picked to make this refreshing and clean white. Utilizing all Italian varietals, Fruilano, Vermentino, Pinot Grigio and even Fiano are known to make the cut. The grapes are crushed, destemmed and soaked on their skins for a few hours and then gently basket-pressed into stainless steel where the wine is naturally fermented. Light and fresh without the addition of oak to weigh heavily upon the pure fruit, the bianco is bright and citrusy with an underlying flinty quality made for hot sun.

Giornata “il Campo Rosso” Field Blend

Giornata’s signature house style, the “il Campo Rosso”, is a blend of mostly Sangiovese with Barbera, Nebbiolo and Aglianico. Similar to the bianco, the grapes are destemmed and gently pressed, then fermented without the addition of yeast or commercial bacteria. Once fermentation is complete, the wine sees 11 months in neutral oak and stainless steel before bottle. With only 400 cases produced, this medium to fuller-bodied quaffer is loaded with cherry and boysenberry fruit tones, highlighted by a bracing acidity and rustic texture. Herbaceous notes of sage alongside cocoa and hints of leather balance the fruit and add a pleasing depth to the grippy finish.

-Kit Hamlen

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