"Toast to wine harvest season with $10 off all bottles of wine from now until October 31st," reads an e-mail to members of the Italian chain's Amici Club. "It's the time of year Italians harvest grapes to make the wines we love, and we invite you to share in the celebration. Choose from a variety of wines on our award-winning wine list, from light fruity whites to robust reds, and enjoy $10 off any bottle!"
Carrabba's also offers a downloadable app, Uncorked, which contains information about Italian harvest wines and other varieties of wine.
The white wines are Copper Ridge White Zinfandel, Beringer White Zinfandel, Rosa Regale, Zonin Moscato, Saint M Riesling, Korbel Brut Sparkling, Martini & Rossi Prosecco, Bisanzio Pinot Grigio, Lumina Pinot Grigio, Estancia Pinot Grigio, Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc, Copper Ridge Chardonnay and Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay. The red wines are Bisanzio Montepulciano, Santa Cristina Sangiovese-Merlot, Estancia Pinnacles Pinot Noir, Coppola Pinot Noir, Ecco Domani Merlot, Blackstone Merlot, Copper Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Gabbiano Chianti, Trapiche Oak Cask Syrah, Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva, J. Lohr “Seven Oaks” Cabernet Sauvignon and Folie à Deux Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Copper Ridge White Zinfandel is made exclusively for Carrabba's by the Gallo Winery. It is a light-bodied sweet wine with hints of strawberries and melon.
The Beringer White Zinfandel is a light-bodied sweet easy-to-drink wine with hints of strawberries and melon.
The Rosa Regale is a sweet red sparkling wine crafted from 100 percent Brachetto grapes grown only at the La Rossa Vineyard in Acqui Terme, a town located in Italy's Piedmont region. It has a low alcohol content--7 percent--and tastes of raspberries and strawberries. It is one of the favorites of Carrabba's Beverage Director Shelly Hurley.
The Zonin Moscato is imported from Italy's Puglia region. It is a light-bodied sweet moscato with an intense fruit taste and strong peach scents.
Saint M Riesling, another favorite of Hurley's, is produced entirely in Germany's Pfaltz region. It is made in the traditional German style, with low alcohol content, crisp acidity and peach and apricot flavors. It is a light semi-dry wine.
The Korbel Brut Sparkling is made using the traditional "Méthode Champenoise"--the second fermentation takes place in the bottle. It is light-bodied with crisp citrus and green apple flavors.
The Martini & Rossi Prosecco is produced in Italy's Veneto region with 100 percent Prosecco grapes. It is light-bodied, dry, and has hints of apple, peach and vanilla.
The Bisanzio Pinot Grigio, another favorite of Hurley's, is the house Italian Pinot Grigio. It is produced in Italy exclusively for Carrabba's.
The Lumina Pinot Grigio, which translates as "illumination of the moon", is from the Venezia Guilia region of Italy. It has citrus flavors with hints of pear and green apple.
The Estancia Pinot Grigio is a medium-bodied semi-dry with hints of golden apples in peaches. It is produced in California.
The Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc is a dry white wine from Chile's Casablanca Valley. It has a strong acidity and rich citrus flavor. Carrabba's describes this as "an excellent choice for white wine drinkers that don't want something too sweet."
The Copper Ridge Chardonnay is produced only for restaurants. It has hints of toasted vanilla and rich, creamy butter.
The Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay is a medium-bodied semi-dry wine. It is aged in oak barrels, which gives it a taste of spice and rich butter.
The Bisanzio Montepulciano, another favorite of Hurley's, is the house Italian red wine. It is imported from Italy, where it is made exclusively for Carrabba's. It is light and fruity with the scent of red cherries and plums.
The Santa Cristina Sangiovese-Merlot, one of Hurley's favorites, is produced by the Antinori family in Cortona, which is located in the heart of Tuscany. Carrabba's describes it as "a great beginner’s red wine". It has a berry scent.
The Estancia Pinnacles Pinot Noir is a light-bodied dry wine with hints of black cherries, vanilla and rose petals. It is sourced in Monterey County.
The Coppola Pinot Noir is from the Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection. It is made exclusively with grapes grown in Monterey, California. It is a light semi-dry wine with scents of cherries, lavender and strawberries.
The Ecco Domani Merlot is a light-bodied semi-dry wine. From Italy's delle Venezie region, its name translates to "Here is Tomorrow". It has hints of blackberry fruit jam and dark cherries.
The Blackstone Merlot is a light-bodied fruity wine from California. It has hints of currants and dark cherries.
The Copper Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium-bodied wine with hints of dark berries, anise and cloves. The Gallo winery makes it exclusively for restaurants.
The Gabbiano Chianti is produced by Castello di Gabbiano, an estate dating back to the 12th Century in Chianti Classico. It is a mild wine, not aged in oak, and has the aroma of cherries and violets.
The Trapiche Oak Cask Syrah is a medium-bodied, dry syrah produced in Mendoza, a city in the Andres Mountains of Argentina. It has a deep purple color with aromas of chocolate, dried fruit and licorice.
The Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva is a full-bodied very dry wine from the Mariani family's Banfi Estate. It has a deep red color, and hints of cherries, plums, violets, and a subtle note of wood. It has a well-balanced acidity.
The J. Lohr “Seven Oaks” Cabernet Sauvignon, a favorite of Hurley's, is from Paso Robles, California. A full-bodied dry wine, it has vanilla and oak notes with the aroma of black cherries, currants and plums.
Folie à Deux Cabernet Sauvignon, another of Hurley's favorites, is from Napa Valley. Full-bodied and very dry, it is made from 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Carrabba's describes this as "a must try for the red wine lover."
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