Italian Indigenous Varieties: Dolcetto from Piedmont

I’ll be speaking about Dolcetto tomorrow on my #YourMorningGrape series on Instagram Live!.



This week’s indigenous variety is Dolcetto, a grape most widely grown in Piedmont but also seen in Liguria under the name Ormeasco and in the Oltrepo’Pavese. It tends to make easy to drink, friendly red wines as well as wines that can age with a hint of almond and liquorice on the nose and palate. It is a grape that suffers from some of the maladies of the vine. Dolcetto is called Dolcetto because the grape itself is supposed to be somewhat sweet or “dolce” when eaten.

This variety is often blended with others such as Barbera. It tends to bring body to the wine. Dolcetto is part of many DOCs

My first wine from Piedmont was a Dolcetto di Dogliani from the Podere Luigi Einaudi. At the time the wine was a denominazione d’origine controllata (D.O.C.) wine but its status has now been elevated to denominazione d’origine controllata…

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Italian Indigenous Varieties: Diolinoir Nero

I wrote about this grape variety six years ago on Earth Day. I spoke about it today on #Yourmorninggrape on Instagram.


Valle d'Aosta

This week’s indigenous variety from Italy actually has its origins in Switzerland. The grape variety was made as a cross from Rouge de Diolly and Pinot Noir. It was created in 1970 by Andrea Jaquinet. The grape has now been allowed in both the Valle d’Aosta and the Trentino. I found that it is allowed in an interesting Indicazione Geografica Tipica (I.G.T.) called Mitterberg from the Bolzano area. The other grapes that are allowed in the Mitterberg white, rose and red wines are the following: Cabernet franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Diolinoir, Kerner, Lagrein, Malvasia N., Merlot, Moscato giallo, Moscato rosa, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot, Pinot grigio, Pinot bianco, Pinot nero, Portoghese, Regent, Riesling italico, Riesling renano, Sauvignon, Schiava gentile, Schiava grigia, Schiava grossa, Sylvaner verde, Syrah, Teroldego, Veltliner, and Zweigelt.

I had never heard of Mitterberg until I started writing about this wine, or so I thought. Actually a fabulous…

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Discovering Delights From Jura Region

The #winophiles blogging group took a virutal tour to the Jura this month. I was super excited. I love Alpine wines and these fit the bill perfectly. Also thinking about this gorgeous region while unable to travel made me happy. Location, Location, Location: This mountainous region lies between Burgundy and Switzerland. I haven never been... Continue Reading →

New Website, Covid Projects

During the course of the last six months, lots of changes have taken place in my life along with everyone else's. I left the city and moved to the suburbs for this time, sent my child to remote camp and now remote school, started two instagram live series, one on Italian indigenous grapes and one... Continue Reading →

Monday Musings: Vineyard Workers

Last week, the World Food Program received the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on food scarcity and security and how it impacts conflicts and is used as a weapon of war. The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 was awarded to World Food Programme (WFP) "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering... Continue Reading →

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