Lirac is the southernmost AOC of the Rhone Valley. Mainly red wines (80%) are produced in this hot area but they also produce Rosé (15%) and White wines (5%). The area gets more then 2700 hours of sunshine a year and a minimal amount of rain, something like 700 mm or 27.5% inches. This area... Continue Reading →
Today is my dad's birthday so I am going to write about one of his favorite wines - Amarone. Before we began drinking wine together though, we went fishing together. A bonding experience. He taught me to put worms on a hook at an early age. It was a useful skill to show the boys... Continue Reading →
This week's indigenous variety hails from Latina in Lazio, specifically from the town of Cori. It is usually used in blends and adds a good dose of color to the wines. This red grape can be seen in the Cori Rosso DOC where it must be 50% of the blend. There is also a Cori... Continue Reading →
It's fermentation time at our house. This year I am making a Malvasia Bianca and a Cabernet Sauvignon in the Super-Teaneck series. It's my fourth vintage and hopefully my most successful. We shall see. Last week I bought my grapes, had them pressed and but them into open air fermentation vessels. I add cultured yeasts... Continue Reading →
I was reminded of this great press trip thanks to a lunch today with Ilaria Petitto of Donnachiara wines. What an amazing region. I have many more stories to share from that trip, excited to do so.
This past April I went on a press trip to Campania to attend Campania Stories. The trip was fascinating and we tasted many wines. This week I am going to attempt to share my impressions of this wonderful region and the interesting grapes and producers I met while there.
Campania has the following provinces: Avellino, Benevento, Caserta, Salerno and the capital city of Naples. There are 10 areas where wines are made and that are considered macro-viticultural areas. Today I am writing about the areas in the province of Caserta. The first is the Alto Casertano which includes Falerno del Massico DOP, Galluccio and the Roccamonfina IGP. Two important elements in the topography of this area are the Massico Mountain and the Roccamonfina volcano. These wines are often made from Aglianico, Piedirosso and Primitivo, among other grapes. They also have Falanghina for the whites.
The second area is called…
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This week's Italian indigenous variety hails from the region of Piedmont, near the city of Torino. It is called Neretto di Bairo and it's a local red variety that is used in the blends allowed Valsusa DOC and Pinerolese DOC. It brings full body and color to a blend but little alcohol. The great website... Continue Reading →
Always interested in what drives traffic to my site.
What drives traffic to one’s blog is always a topic of debate. Clearly commenting on what others are writing and staying within the news cycle is important. What I have noticed recently is that blog traffic can also be dictated towards what people are drinking and thinking about. This year sparkling wine is getting lots of news. One of the big drivers to my blog over the years are posts that I have written about the sparkling wine category.
The biggest driver to my blog over the past year however is the word Brazil. Shockingly, I wrote a couple of posts about Brazilian wine and they get the absolute most traffic. I attended that tasting as part of the Snooth PVA blogger weekend in 2013 but it continues to get traffic. Brazilian wine exports are up 50% in 2017 so understand. Maybe it’s also the upcoming World Cup and people…
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At last week's annual Wines of Spain tasting, I was lucky enough to taste through many of the wines from the Canary Islands. I missed the seminar which I am sure was wonderful but did get to go through the line-up at the table in the walk-around. Many of the wines were made from Listan... Continue Reading →
I'm so looking forward to tomorrow's Twitter Chat with the Italian Food, Wine & Travel Gang. This month, Gwen from WinePredator hosts our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group. Our Twitter chat will pop up on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:00am CST. Look for our hashtag, #ItalianFWT and well as the hashtags... Continue Reading →