Today's Wine Wednesday is dedicated to Moscato from I Due Gatti. Where is that winery located you might ask and who is the winemaker behind that wine. That would be me. That's my wine, made with grapes I bought in New Jersey at Corrado's - the temple of home winemaking grapes and equipment - but... Continue Reading →
I'm heavy-hearted today as I watch Notre Dame Cathedral burn. The images of the damage to that 13th century masterpiece take my breath away and make me want to be in Paris right now to support the country. Of course it is the home of the Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit, and the center of Catholicism... Continue Reading →
While many think of Elba first and foremost as the island of Napoleon's exile or for its fantastic beaches, I am here to say the first thing that should come to mind is Aleatico and other wines produced there. Elba is the third largest island in Italy, after Sicily and Sardinia and is part of the... Continue Reading →
I just got home from a trip to Italy with my son. While I wasn't visiting vineyards, I was checking out the location wine scene. I was in Milan where I used to live for 10 years - a city I am very attached to and where I feel completely at home. I stayed and... Continue Reading →
I've been dragging my feet to write about Nerello Mascalese in my Italian Indigenous variety series. I don't know why but I think it's because it's such a "fashionable" grape that I am shying away from it. Of course, that's ridiculous. It's fashionable because it's delicious and therefore deserves attention. Years ago no one had... Continue Reading →
This is an old photo of Alvaro and his daughter Federica from Lis Neris at Vinitaly in 2008. I met Alvaro in 2007 and consider him a friend. His winery is celebrating their 140th year, 1879-2019. I got to spend some time speaking with Alvaro this week at the various Slow Wine events where I was working for... Continue Reading →
I was working again at Slow Wine today and had the occasion to taste the Charetto from Le Fraghe. A beautiful wine, I was not disappointed. It had everything I found the first time I tried it – beauty, freshness and balance. I am a devoted Charietto fan after having tried numerous ones today during the tasting. I was serving Lugana all day and sticking with other Lake Garda wines such as Chiaretto from Bardolino.
This week’s Women in Wine Fridays is about Matilde Poggi from Le Fraghe. I met Matilde at the Slow Wine tasting back in February. I was really impressed with her wines and wanted to find out more about her. These are her answers to some questions that I emailed her about her winery and her winemaking. I found her wines all very clean and intriguing. People, myself included, often don’t take Bardolino seriously enough. Made from Corvina and Rondinella, this wine proved very interesting and food friendly. Meeting Matilde made me want to learn more and I think this Vinitaly I will take advantage of that opportunity.
1.Tell me about Le Fraghe and your family history?
I began to vinify my father’s grapes in 1984. Till that year the grapes were given to my uncle who has another winery
2. How did you get into the wine business?
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I have always had an aversion to this day because I think women should be celebrated everyday but I know there is a larger meaning to it and that it commemorates a specific event and that women all over the world suffer great injustices and a lack of civil rights, in the most basic rights. ... Continue Reading →
This week's Wine Wednesday is dedicated to a Cru wine from Mamete Prevostini, a producer I am fond of from the Valtellina. This wine is called San Lorenzo Superiore Sassella DOCG. San Lorenzo is the name of a convent near the city of Sondrio. The vineyard is within it's walls at 450 meters above sea... Continue Reading →