Taste and Learn At Radici

A Visiting Italian Winemaker Will Share Tasting Notes On His Boutique Vintages

Sandro Tasoniero's wine featured at Radici Market. (Photo courtesy Bridget Thibodeau-Sasso)

Swirl an Italian vintage while learning about the history of the flavor as told by maker Sandro Tasoniero this weekend at Radici Market on the 300 block of Seventh Street SE. Tasoniero will offer a ticketed seminar and tasting for five of his wines on Dec. 5 from 7 - 9 p.m. and Dec. 6 from 6 – 8 p.m., and he will join Radici’s regular Friday aperitivo Dec. 4 from 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Radici pairs the wine tastings with plates of Italian cheeses, pastas, olives, meats, and spreads. This special tasting will also include dishes from the village of Veneto in Italy where Tasoniero’s winery Sandro de Bruno is located.

Bridget Thibodeau-Sasso, co-owner Radici, said she and her partner wanted to bring boutique market items to Capitol Hill when the store first opened in 2014.

“Capitol Hill reminded me so much of a European community, the bikes, the market,” Thibodeau-Sasso said. “It was important for me to try and create this little market.”

They’ve continued to add events featuring Italian winemakers, chefs and even Babbo Natale (Santa Claus) for the local children.

Tasoniero is a small producer in the hilly, volcanic ash-rich Soave and Monte Lessini areas of Italy. He crafts white wines including sauvignon blanc and chardonnay; red wines including cabernet sauvignon and pino nero; dessert wines; and sparkling wines.

Radici sells several of his vintages, Thibodeau-Sasso said.

“This is really a one-on-one with a wine producer,” she said.” I think knowing where the product comes from and understanding what makes his wine different is important.”

Radici plans to host an oil tasting and sparkling wine tasting between Christmas and the New Year and an Italian butcher in January, Thibodeau-Sasso said.

Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $45. Friday’s aperitivo is $15 a plate or $6-8 a glass.