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 →
When I traveled to Portland, Oregon in the Summer of 2017 for the Society of Wine Educators conference, I didn't know that it would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship with Oregon wine. I had tried a number of Oregon Pinot Noirs in my life but that experience was my first witnessing the breadth... Continue Reading →
I have not written a Monday Musings post in a bit because I am filled with so many ideas about what may or may not happen that its hard to put them down.While we don't know what the world will look like really, one thing we do know is that things will not be the... Continue Reading →
Thanks to this month's focus on Orange wines or skin contact wines by the #WinePW group, I am focusing on a winery from Slovenia. Before I delve into Movia and my homemade Sushi extravaganza, let's look at our host Martin Redmond blog Enofylz invitation post on Orange wines which you can find here. Orange wines are... 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. Also, Elba has zero cases of the horrible COVID-19 virus. I was wondering if I could... Continue Reading →
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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Once upon a time, in 2009, I started to write a column for an online website called Alta Cucina. I wrote about Italian indigenous grape varieties because I was amazed at how many there are and their link to individual terroirs and the stories behind them. Fast forward 11 years and I am on the... Continue Reading →
This month's #ItalianFWT blogging group is traveling to Campania, home to a large number of indigenous grape varieties, both white and red. Looking at this photo which I took from the side of the road overlooking the Bay of Naples in April 2018, I not only feel nostalgic for Italy but I want to dive... Continue Reading →