4/1 – April Wine Features

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Join us during the Month of April as we celebrate the Scavino Estate with our April Wine Features
and as we host Elisa Scavino, winemaker at Paolo Scavino.


Paolo Scavino “Sorriso” Langhe Bianco 2013 $8 glass / $36 bottle

Italy | Piedmont | Langhe | Castiglione Falletto

Paolo Scavino is an historical winery in the Barolo region. It was founded in 1921 in Castiglione Falletto from Lorenzo Scavino and his son Paolo. Farming has always been a family tradition and passion. Paolo Scavino is an historical winery in the Barolo region. It was founded in 1921 in Castiglione Falletto from Lorenzo Scavino and his son Paolo. Farming has always been a family tradition and passion. Enrico Scavino together with the daughters Enrica and Elisa, fourth generation, run the family Estate. Since 2000, the Langhe D.O.C. SORRISO®, is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Viognier. A fresh white wine vinified and aged in stainless steel with distinctive character and finesse. A unique combination of these three varietals in the Langhe region which comes from the belief in our noble terroir able to enhance the elegance and complexity of the grapes.

Pale yellow with emerald hues. Fresh and charming nose with white flowers, sage, yellow and orange fruits in addition to mineral notes. The delicate flavors continue on the palate where a soft texture is combined with sapid and cleaning acidity.

Paolo Scavino bottles of wine placed in center of Luci Ancora Table Setting

Paolo Scavino “Vino Rosso” 2013 $8 glass / $36 bottle
Italy | Piedmont | Langhe | Castiglione Falletto

Rosso is a blend which represents our autochthon varietals: The grapes from the younger vines of the Estate combined together, offer a fresh, aromatic, charming wine with a Piedmontese character.

Brilliant ruby-red with purple hints. Expressive, continuous and delicate aromas of red cherries and spices. Fresh in the nose and in the palate. Supple and joyful structure where the flavors are persistent and of a light nature.

A delicious red which expresses the brightness of the youth, to drink over the next year or two. Pretty easy with food pairings. Nice to combine with vegetarian dishes as well as with light antipasti, white meat, bluefish, fresh goat cheeses.

October Wine Features

October is the month for time around the fire, braised meats, and slow cooked soups. As we savor the flavors of Autumn through our Upcoming Wine Dinner, we also enjoy two new wines – Domaine Vincent Dampt Cote de Lechet Chablis and Elisabetta Foradori’s Ampeleia “Ampeleia” from Maremma. Both will captivate your palate alongside a variety of cuisine prepared by Luci Chefs.


Domaine Vincent Dampt Cote de Lechet Chablis 2012 | $10 / glass   $45/bottle

France  |  Burgundy  |  Chablis & Auxerrois

Real, high-quality Chablis is a balm to the soul…unadorned, unbejewelled, in a white wine world where alcohol and oak are too much ascendant…Chablis prides itself on minerality. This wine demonstrates what the word means.  -Oz Clark on the 2011 Domaine Vincent Dampt

The Dampt family has a long tradition of winemakers, in fact both Vincent’s father, Daniel Dampt, and grandfather, Jean Defaix, own highly-regarded estates in Chablis. Vincent grew up in the world of wine and decided to follow the family tradition when he was just 14 by enrolling himself in wine school in Beaune.

In 2002 Vincent began working with his father as winemaker, and in 2004 inherited a few small plots of vineyards, enabling him to create his own estate and make wines under his own name.  Dampt’s approach is sustainable. The vines are 35 years old and yields are kept very low; both factors are held to bring great complexity to the wines.

Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks.  Malolactic fermentation is carried out in order to soften the wine’s naturally high acidity. The 100% Chardonnay vines, raised at the low production volume of 5,500 vines/hectare, ensures smaller yields of great quality. Practicing sustainable methods, this Chablis is fresh in mouth with a nutty tone on the nose. Layers of flavor exhibit the chameleon character Chablis is known for while offering the illusion of oak despite its stainless fermentation. Very enjoyable to those seeking a wine rich in texture, viscosity of slight oil without being too slippery. Perfect with seafoods, especially lobster and shellfish, and light rich chicken dishes.

Recommended with Luci’s Spaghetti con Cozze/Vongole, Pollo Arrosto, Fettuccine con Salmone, and Papardelle con Aragosta.

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Elizabetta Foradori Ampeleia “Ampeleia” Blend 2010 | $14 / glass | $70 / bottle

Elizabetta Foradori is one of Italy’s premier “rock star” status female winemakers that we delight in supporting. Her method of Amphora fermentation calling back to the days of antiquity illustrates what is possible in modern winemaking. Her Foradori estate was her first and one of great philosophy, care, and intrigue for those seeking wines of unique character and excellent quality. Ampeleia is a new chapter for Elizabetta and although different than her solo project at Foradori, is delicious and daring in much the same way that we have come to know and love such wines as Granato and the retired Mytro.

From Ampeleia
“Ampeleia is born from the synergistic blend of different grape varieties sourced in vineyards found on the hillsides dominated by the town of Roccatederighi, in the heart of Maremma. It embodies this land from the chestnut woods on higher ground, through the Mediterranean scrubland, to the lower fields with cork-oak woods. Six grape varieties are blended in this wine aspiring to represent the Mediterranean tradition of cultivating diversity. ”

“Each vineyard (at Ampleleia)  has a distinctive identity that is enhanced by the uniqueness of the surrounding environment. Hence, variety is the keystone and soul of Ampeleia. In fact, variety represents the project’s constant quality, both physically and symbolically, and is harmoniously expressed in its wines that taste of the diverse and varied land of Roccatederighi.”

Aged 16 months in wood or cement tanks followed by 12 months of bottle-ageing, the Ampeleia blend showcases the quality of the vines and grapes grown at the Maremma estate. With wonderful gripping tannins and youthful expression of fruit, Ampeleia’s blend offers reminiscent flavors of black walnut alongside a rich textural experience calling for braised meats, especially wild game, pork belly, and cream based dishes.

Enjoy with Luci’s Arrosto di Maiale, Costine di Manzo Brasato, Risotto con Funghi, and Belgian Chocolate Flourless Torte


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Reward Your Palate wines are also available for retail purchase through Thomas Liquors
located at Grand & Prior Ave in Saint Paul, MN.

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September Wine Features

We love this business for a few key reasons, one being the diversity of wines we are fortunate to enjoy on a daily basis. Often, we find our palates stretched in new ways as unique varietals and blends are brought to us by our faithful purveyors. This month, Luci Ancora & Ristorante Luci will showcase three wines – we’re changing things up a bit to kick off the Fall Season.

Berlucchi ’61 Cuvee Brut $9/glass | $45/bottle

The first wine, Berlucchi ’61 Francicorte Brut, comes to us from the Francicorta Area of Lombardy, Italy.  DOCG bottled on site near Borgonato, Brescia, this wine utilizes the Metodoro Classico method of fermentation. A bit less expensive than the traditional champagne method, but allows for full expression of this 75% Chardonnay / 25% Pinot Noir Blend which offers white fruit, hints of spice, and tropical notes alongside balanced acidity. We love it with Luci’s Spaghetti Carbonara or as a starting wine with Tempura Vegetables aka Fritto Misto at Luci Ancora.

From Berlucchi

” Berlucchi’s Cuvee 61 celebrates the magical decade of the sixties. in Milan, it was a time of optimism, experimentation and designers, artists and chefs.Cuvee 61 encapsulates all of that creative spirit which continues with today’s fashion and style.”


Maybe that’s another reason we love this wine – it possesses the same embodiment of the 1960’s that established the Smith Family traditions that Luci Restaurants reference today. Offered at $9/glass $45/bottle through September 2014.

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Zyme “From Black to White” Bianco 2012 $9/ glass | $42/bottle

September is the month for transitions – new routines, sweater weather,  and crisp autumn stolls with crisp leaves beneath your feet. With this in mind, we selected Zyme‘s Rondiella Blend. “From Black to White”  symbolizes the fortunate discovery of a black Rondinella vine growing in the vineyard which produced white tinged grapes. Typically a black grape varietal, this Rondinella offered a unique viticulture opportunity. Through the patient task of selectively breeding the vine, the grapes were further refined to a fully white grape, thus the name “From Black to White.” In a similar way, the change in seasons brings something new and unexpected.

On the palate, this bianco remains full and complex with rare viscous texture, an expansive bouquet offering mint, herbs, and citrus complements in the nose while remaining nearly endless through the finish. In the Luci Kitchen, we enjoy serving Zyme Bianco with herbaceous dishes including Caprese, Pesce del Giorno, and Asparagus Antipasti. Offered at $9/glass | $42/bottle through September 2014.

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Santa Anastasia “Passomaggio” Nero D’Avola Blend 2010 $10/glass | $50/bottle

Our third wine for September comes from the South. Santa Anastasia “Passamaggio” has been a long time favorite at the Luci Restaurants. Known for its rocky terrain, the island of Sicily is a prime growing area as its geography offers warm days and cool evenings which aid in the gentle ripening of the grapes which in turn allow for character development. In addition to the climate, the rocky soils add dimension to the wines produced here.

Passomaggio is comprised primarily of the indigenous varietal Nero D’Avola at 70% but also allows for 30% noble Merlot to be added to the blend. We love this wine for its richness and weight, making it a beautiful food wine most notably in its layers. Offering spice, licorice, and red fruit, Passomaggio’s tannins and red fruit freshness are maintained through barrel fermentation. Best with medium to fuller flavored dishes especially grilled, red meats, and aged cheeses. We recommend with Manzo ai Ferri, Pollo Brasato, and Maiale Arrosto. Offered at $10/glass | $50/bottle through September 2014.

September WIne Features

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Reward Your Palate wines are also available for retail purchase through Thomas Liquors
located at Grand & Prior Ave in Saint Paul, MN.

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May Featured Wines

May Wine Features


Join the Smith Family & Luci Staff throughout the month of May as we tour the Veneto!

Pieropan Soave Classico 2012     $6/glass    $27/bottle

Italy | Veneto | Verona | Soave

A few miles east of Verona, enclosed by the original town walls and dominated by its medieval fortress, the ancient commune of Soave has a peaceful, timeless quality about it. In the heart of the old town is the home of the Pieropans, the historical Palazzo Pullici, built in 1460 and purchased by the village doctor and amateur winemaker, Leonildo Pieropan, Senior, in 1890. Leonildo, Sr. obviously had a genius for the winery: his cantina not only thrived, but its founder even ‘invented’ Recioto di Soave. Today his grandson, Leonildo (“Nino”) Pieropan, flanked by his wife, Teresita, and sons, Andrea and Dario, are showing the world just how great Soave can be in the right hands.

This classic DOC Soave Classico is comprised of 85% Garganega and 15% Trebbiano di Soave from southerly exposed hillside vineyards. The wine matures in glass lined cement vats and rest at least one month in the bottle before release. Brilliant straw yellow, ample, delicate nose of almond and cherry blossoms, elderberries and lilies of the valley; complex and structured on the palate, with good acidity, silky texture, almondy finish. At Luci Restaurants: Great with Fresh Mozzarella, Pesto, and Scallops.


Ca’Rugate “Rio Albo” Valpolicella 2012       $8/glass     $36/bottle

Italy | Veneto | Alberedo d’Adige

The viticulture story of the Tessari family began in the early 1900’s when Amedeo Tessari, rented an osteria in a small area of Albaredo d’Adige. After Amedeo’s passing on the day of the 1918 armistice, Amedeo’s wife, Donna Adele raised their children until the 1930’s when their son Fulvio, known asBeo” took over the family’s business. Fulvio continued his father’s plans, focusing on viticulture, purchasing the most prestigious vineyards of Rugate, making wine and selling their grapes. In the 1970’s. Fulvio decided to improve upon this foundation and formed Azienda Agricola TessariFulvio, the estate preceeding Ca’Rugate. With his son, Amedeo, the family lands were brought together in the “fermentation years,” distilling the wine making practices and crossing national borders with only Garganega production.

In 2001, Michele began carrying on as the fourth generation of grape growers. The Tessaris made the decision to build a new, larger and technologically advanced cellar. In the same year, the family decided to invest their experience in the Valpolicella area by purchasing the first vineyards in the hilly zone of Montecchia di Crosara.

This Valpolicella marks the beginning of a new chapter for Ca’Rugate with the Rio Albo offering 40% Corvina , 30% Rondinella, 30% Corvinone. Fermented on the skins for a period of 7 to 10 days and matured in stainless steel tanks, this ruby red brings a bouquet of blackberry and cherries to a supple palate with light tannins and plenty of flavour. Ideal with grilled or roast chicken and pork and delicious with tasty hard cheeses. At Luci Restaurants Beautiful with our Duroc Pork, Daily Fish, and Polenta.


Ca’Rugate “Rio Albo” Valpolicella 2012 + Pieropan Soave 2012

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4/30 ~ Anam Cara Wine Dinner


Anam Cara Wine Cellars,

The Smith Family & Luci Staff

invite you to join us

Wednesday, April 30th

for a Spring Wine Dinner
featuring the wines of Anam Cara of Newberg, Oregon
Enjoy our Multiple Course Menu prepared by Luci Chef, Stephen Smith
$80 per person before Tax & Gratuity
Reservations ~ (651) 699-8258

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The words Anam Cara are Celtic for “friend of my soul” and represent rare friendships that transcend time and distance. To us, they also symbolize the long journey we have taken to make wine.  ~ Anam Cara

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March Wine Features

Throughout March, Luci Ancora & Ristorante Luci are highlighting two featured wineries

Matteo Corregia & G.D. Vajra


Enjoy Matteo Corregia Arneis & G.D. Vajra “Kye” Freisa through March at Luci Restaurants.


©Immaginare per Matteo Correggia
©Immaginare per Matteo Correggia

Matteo Correggia Arneis 2012
Italy | Piedmont | Roero | Canale d’Alba

“When Matteo Correggia inherited his father’s estate in 1985, the wine-growing boom was a long way off, and farmers on the left bank of the river Tanaro grew fruit and vegetables alongside vines that were used for making wine for a few close friends.

Matteo was a young farmer who was very keen on wine growing. He decided that his project was simple and for this reason, he would not give up.

With grapes produced in over 20 hectares of vineyards and managed personally, the Matteo Correggia Concern produces a wide range of wines. The wines are naturally the products of the ground where grapevines put down their roots: sandy ground that has little clay or silt and is very loose and therefore extremely suitable to produce rich and refined bouquets.”


The Arneis produced here is of exceptional quality. Bright and bracing, yet full of minerality and lush fruit. This Arneis has a long lees (6 months). Giving it vivaciousness and depth. With notes of stone fruit, lemon, and citrus peel, this Arneis is suitable as an aperitif, beautiful with seafoods or alongside fresh cheeses and light appetizers.

“The Correggia winery continues to set the pace for other wineries in the area, providing topics for discussion and food for thought. This is the way of things ever since the much-mourned Matteo showed just how much potential there was in an apparently marginal area. Today, Ornella and her exceptional staff is a champion of sustainable viticulture. Correggia’s natural approach means working the land in the full awareness of the surrounding environment. It’s another field in which Correggia is leading the way, sensibly and without ostentation.” – Gambero Rosso Italian Wines 2009


GD Vajra “Kye” Freisa 2009

Italy| Piedmont | Barolo

“We produce Barolo and the wines of our beloved land. We believe in Beauty, craftsmanship, attention to detail, and creativity with respect for tradition. As a family-run winery, we are artisans, working together with a young team who embraces our same passion and enthusiasm. We work the vineyards because it is the foundation for quality without compromise, but most of all because we love doing it! Our wines are elegant, complex and delicate. They have the personality and identity that we like to find in every glass on our table. ”

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Freisa, is a lesser known variety in spite of its close and ancient relationship to Nebbiolo. A history which has no rival when compared to more productive and easier varieties to grow. With its strong personality, Langhe DOC Freisa Kyè pays tribute to this noble variety cultivated in Langa.  The optimal moment for harvesting Freisa is constituted by alternating warm Autumn days and cool nights: generally during the second half of October. The destemming and elimination of the most acidic parts along with the greenest tannins, is an essential practice for this variety. The rather long fermentation process allows the grape tannins to transmigrate into the wine. For this quite wild variety, the second fermentation, malolactic, is also just as important. An aging of 12-18 months depending on the vintage, starts in Slavonian oak barrels and barriques, giving necessary balance to the wine.

With deep ruby red color. Nose of red berries, tobacco, roses, and white pepper with hints of hay and wild herbs. Full bodied with balanced acidity and alcohol, this wine is sapid and rich with a long  finish of black fruits and spices.


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