Leave it up to Liz Vilardi. When we asked the sommelier from Belly in Cambridge, Massachussets to pick a definitive mixed case of wine, she came back with a dozen bottles all from the same region. The woman is a theme master. In fact themes are a recurring…theme with all of her wine lists, which change on a regular basis. The most recent list is titled, “Mud on Your Face” – it’s a celebration of her favorite producers and the harvest season. Her way of building a wine list is infinitely creative and idiosyncratic and it always has her fun voice.
Beaujolais seems to be on the minds of many this fall. Vilardi particularly loves how Beaujolais, made from the Gamay grape, pairs with food. And she’s essentially made a Beaujolais primer with this case of wine, includng one bottle from each of the ten crus (or subregions) and two others that she just really loves. “I’m not into high alcohol and lots of wood in my wine. I need a little fruit and lots of minerality, and for my wine list, I need a couple of different styles to kind of fool people who want something a little rounder. Beaujolais hits all of those – I can have a tool belt of 10 wines from 10 different sites, from all different crus, from producers who do something different that will satisfy all those palates.”
This fall and into winter, Belly will have a fire raging outside so on nice days, guests can cozy up with a glass of wine by the fire. Beaujolais is perfect fit.