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August Winemaker Dinner: Chiara Pepe & the Wines of Emidio Pepe

Winemaker dinners continue at Republique!

Join us with Chiara Pepe and the wines of Emidio Pepe, Master of Montepulciano.


Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is one of Italy’s oldest and most well-known appellations—mostly as a source of inexpensive, soft red wines. Sadly, a great deal of these are pretty innocuous, and some of the most commercialized examples have all the personality and complexity of a beige carpet. As always, however, there are some outliers.

Chief among them is Emidio Pepe, who since 1964 has been making some of the most singular (and singularly compelling) wines in all of Italy. The winery is founded on the belief that Montepulciano and Trebbiano, the widely-planted white grape of the region, are capable of greatness if made with the proper care and attention. And in spite of immense market pressure at the outset, Signore Pepe and his family have adhered to traditional, quality-focused winemaking techniques since their very first vintage.

It was an uphill battle. The wine industry in Italy—and everywhere, really—had begun its slow, plodding march to modernization. Big, oaky, so-called ‘internationally-styled’ wines increasingly became the order of the day, and most of the press only helped to stoke the flames. Pepe stuck to his guns, though, and continued to make the wines with his uncompromising, labor-intensive approach.

It took some time, but eventually people caught on to the fact that some true greatness was coming out of this little corner of Abruzzo. And now, some fifty years later, a Pepe wine is a rare and glorious bird indeed. They routinely show up in major auction catalogues, and are a fixture on the great wine lists of the world. And with good reason: the best examples possess the aromatics of the most elegant Chambolle-Musigny wrapped in the acid/tannin balance of well-aged Nebbiolo. They are extraordinary wines.

We are overjoyed to be welcoming Chiara Pepe, Emidio’s granddaughter and ambassador of the winery, for a very special winemaker dinner this Wednesday. She will be leading a focused tasting of nine Pepe wines, including six Montepulciano stretching back to the superb 1983 vintage. As always, Chef Walter Manzke has crafted a special menu to pair with the wines.

Please join us for an intimate look into this iconic, singular estate!

Nine wines. Five courses.
$225 per person, not inclusive of tax & service

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