The Sopranos Wines make a great holiday gift

Varietals are Ideal for Family Dinners, Office Parties and New Year’s Celebrations


Whether it’s a fun night out on the town or a warm celebration at home, this holiday season revelers can enjoy the festivities by pouring The Sopranos Wines, the family of fine, Italian wines inspired by one of the most acclaimed and beloved television series of all time.

The Sopranos®, as fans of the program are aware, tells the story of Tony Soprano, a modern-day mob boss caught between his crime “family” and his own family. The Sopranos Wines are to be enjoyed celebrating good times among friends and family while also symbolizing the affection that Tony Soprano had with most but certainly not all of his family members.

The Sopranos Wines make a great holiday gift as well. Family, friends and business associates can feature the wine as part of an opulent, festive holiday meal. Memorable as the finest champagne, The Sopranos Wines can also serve in a celebratory toast to bring in the New Year of 2009. Introducing The Sopranos Wines at the annual office holiday party will generate water cooler “buzz” for weeks and even months afterward.

Launching in the New York City metro area and throughout the country for the 2008 holiday season under a licensing agreement between HBO and Vesuvio Import Company (named after the fictional restaurant from the TV show), and distributed by Duggan’s Distillers Products Corporation, The Sopranos Wines are available in retail stores throughout New York City and as well as the greater tri-state area including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, Long Island and northern New Jersey, the fictional home of The Sopranos™.

The Sopranos Wines features a range of selections for every type of wine enthusiast. For those seeking an affordable quality vintage for every day, there’s a Chianti D.O.C.G., aged six to eight months, that boasts soft tannins with succulent flavors of cherry and berries and a leisurely finish; a vibrant Pinot Grigio from Veneto that begins with a nice acidity, then finishes off clean; and a sensual Pinot Noir, soft in presentation with subtle cherry fruit flavors wrapped around a smooth and lasting mid palate – all priced between $9.99-$11.99.

For the more discriminating devotee on the look-out for a solid mid-tiered choice, options include a crisp, fragrant Pinot Grigio with a stalwart fruit core grown in the rugged Northern mountains of Friuli; and a lush, seductive Tuscan Cabernet-Merlot-Sangiovese blend, aged in a combination of big oak barrels and barriques. The latter can be enjoyed now or uncorked in another three to five years, allowing maturity to bring out the full flourish of this remarkable wine’s character. Both of these wines are priced at $14.99.

The passionate aficionado searching for a good value on a higher-end varietal will be able to choose from a complex and satisfying Chianti Classico or an exquisite Chianti Classico Riserva, both of which are estate vinted and bottled. The Chianti Classico is produced with the highest-quality of grapes from the hills of the Tuscan region and is highly-extracted, which translates to the deep color, lovely tannins and articulate bouquet. Aged for at least a year in oak casks, and priced at $23.99, it too can be consumed now or in three to seven years. The Chianti Classico Riserva hails from the heartland of the beautiful region of Tuscany between Florence and Siena. Aged for two years in oak, this is a powerful red wine with strong tannins, a dry palate and delicate nose. The wine rewards the patience of true connoisseurs who, though they may consume it now, may wish to hold onto this liquid jewel another seven to ten years before uncorking to experience the full spectrum of its extraordinary integrity. It is priced at $29.99.

The Vesuvio Import Company, named after the famed fictional restaurant depicted in the series, was created to develop and import this brand of fine Italian wine. Duggan’s Distillers, the distributor for The Sopranos Wines has been importing and distributing fine wines and spirits since 1946.