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Brengman Bros. Launches Piccolo Dito Fortified Wines


Brengman Bros. launched its ‘Piccolo Dito’ line of fortified wines at a cocktail competition held Friday, August 19 at its Leelanau Peninsula vineyard & winery.

Since its 2007 inception known for its fine Rieslings and other table wines, Michigan’s Brengman Bros. launched its ‘Piccolo Dito’ line of fortified wines at a cocktail competition held Friday, August 19 at its Leelanau Peninsula vineyard & winery.

Piccolo Dito Amaro, Mistela, and Sweet Vermouth are fashioned from all-Michigan wines and spirit; herbs used in the Amaro and Vermouth are culled from Michigan and beyond.

The thought of creating a line of fortifieds came to Brengman Brothers’ winemaker Nathaniel Rose during the 2015 crush when he posited that "there might be a use for Vidal Blanc after all" in reference to the hardy hybrid widely grown in Michigan.

80 guests celebrated the premier of Piccolo Dito at an August 19 cocktail competition with bartenders Vanessa Evans of Cook's House, Chris Sims of Olives & Wine, and Daniel Bologna of Villa Cucina. The winning drinks selected by the attendees were:

Amaro Cocktail (Cooks’ House)
Higher Octave
1/2 oz Piccolo Dito Amaro
1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz honey simple syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice

Top with Ginger Beer, add orange wedge

Port Cocktail (Olives & Wine)
Piccolo Sour 
2 oz Four Roses Bourbon 
1 oz Lemon Juice 
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1 Egg White 
1/2 oz Float Piccolo Dito Port

Shake w/ all ingredients besides Piccolo Dito Port, add ice and shake again, finish with float of Piccolo Dito Port and fresh mint 

Vermouth (Olives & Wine) 
The Little Finger
1 oz Pallini Limoncello 
3/4 oz Piccolo Dito Vermouth
1/2 oz Lemon Juice 
1/2 Monte Alban Mezcal

Shake and strain, garnish with lemon peel