Cinghiale • Baltimore
The list at this Italian wine bar–restaurant can best be described by its driving directions, says owner–wine director Tony Foreman: “Go to Rome and head north.” The 480-wine list is centered on northern and central Italy. Though many of the wines may be unfamiliar, there are 40 to 50 by-the-glass choices and five flights of four wines. Foreman says, “One glass is like seeing a photo. The flight is like seeing the film.” The wines, like chef Julian Marucci’s food, “celebrate Italian classicism and modernity at the same time,” Foreman affirms.
2006 Nals Margreid Alto Adige ($35) with Il Coniglio, a confit of local rabbit leg with spaetzle, pancetta and butternut squash. “The wine is fairly dry, but with sweet aromas that amplify the flavors of the dish,” Foreman says.
2006 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso ($26). A Piedmontese red “with absolute soul and personality, from a good vintage; a wine you can drink with anything,” asserts Foreman.