Cru Beaujolais – An Endless Discovery

This month the #Winophiles are traveling to the Cru Beaujolais area.Our host, Cindy from Grape Experiences,  described the area in her invitation post. Before I dive into the Crus, a word about the area in general. History: Beaujolais was first settled by the Romans.We can see this history in the naming of the Crus as well.... Continue Reading →

Aleatico – A Grape Worth Exploring

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. Also, Elba has zero cases of the horrible COVID-19 virus. I was wondering if I could... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varities: Albana di Romagna – Passito Version Is Worth A Try

Just about to speak on Instagram live on Albana so I thought I would repost this article. Since it’s writing, I’ve had a lot of interesting versions of Albana in all styles from sparkling to sweet. Cin Cin.


This article orginally appeared on Altacucina Society’s website.

On my recent trip to Italy, I focused on tasting a maximum number of dessert wines, I found the passito version of Albana di Romagna to be interesting and unknown, at least to me. What I discovered with pleasure is that Albana is renowned for its honey, apricot, spice and magnolia flavors. It ages very gracefully and can keep for anywhere between six to 10 years.

Albana hails from Emilia Romagna, a region in Northern Italy, that is home to a significant number of indigenous grape varieties, many of which are largely unknown to the American public. Albana di Romagna was the first Italian white wine to achieve DOCG status. Many disagreed with this choice, stating that it was not up to the task but nonetheless, it was given the denomination in 1987.

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