Italian Regions: Colli Piacentini DOC – Emilia Romagna

Emilia-Romagna is one of the wonderful Italian regions that are well-known for some things and less so for others. Emilia is considered the gastronomic capital of Italy by many but its wines have been less evident on the international scene with the exception of Lambrusco. I think that is very short-sighted as Emilia has many... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Croatina Nero

This week's indigenous variety from Italy is called Croatina. It also goes by the name of Bonarda in certain parts of Italy where it is grown. This fruity red variety is grown in Lombardy, in Piedmont and in Emilia-Romagna and in the Veneto. It is deep in color, not too acidic and slightly tannic. It... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Cove Bianco

Cove Bianco is one of those rare varieties that you probably have never heard nor perhaps tasted. It was created in 1938 by Enologist Giovanni Dalmasso and is a cross between the Hungarian grape variety Harslevelu, used in Tokaj and Malvasia Trevigiana. It is used as a blending grape only and never made into a... Continue Reading →

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