Today's Italian indigenous variety post is about Nerello Cappuccio. This grape often flanks Nerello Mascalese in blends from Faro and is rarely seen on it's own as a monovarietal wine. The name of the grape comes from the fact that the canopy develops like a cape above the grape vine if it's not controlled. It... Continue Reading →
This week's Wine Wednesday is dedicated to a Cru wine from Mamete Prevostini, a producer I am fond of from the Valtellina. This wine is called San Lorenzo Superiore Sassella DOCG. San Lorenzo is the name of a convent near the city of Sondrio. The vineyard is within it's walls at 450 meters above sea... Continue Reading →
I wrote this post on Monte delle Vigne some nine years ago. On Friday I tasted Callas again. It had won a Tre Bicchieri award from Gambero Rosso and was on display at the event on March 1st. It’s always fun to try wines at a long interval of years and find that wines you wrote about years ago are still among your favorites.
Thanks to some Italian contacts in New York, I was directed to the Emilia Romagna building at Vinitaly with a specific goal – to taste the wines of Monte delle Vigne, a winery located in Emilia Romagna near the city of Parma. Emilia has never been considered an optimum location for the production of still wines but has been largely well known for its Lambrusco of different denominations and coming from different indigenous clones.
This Vinitaly I was interested in visiting some of the lesser known regions or at least those that I have less of an occasion to taste in the US. I remember quite well my days in Emilia. I lived in the lovely city of Bologna for a year when I was in graduate school at SAIS.
Monte delle Vigne was started in 1973 by Andrea Ferrari who firmly believed that he had a found an…
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The theme this month’s Italian Food, Wine and Travel (#ItalianFWT) group of food and wine writers is Italian Sparkling Wines. I love sparkling wine and could drink it at every meal and throughout the meal. Today I am writing out one of my favorite sparkling wines although it is really frizzante usually rather than sparkling, Lambrusco as... Continue Reading →
This theme for this month's #ItalianFWT chat is Gaglioppo & Calabria – Hidden Gems in Italy. On Saturday, November 3rd you can join the group on Twitter at 11amEDT / 17.00 CEST to learn more about food, wine, and travel in relation to Calabria and its Gaglioppo wines. Just type in the hashtag #ItalianFWT in... Continue Reading →
This week's variety hails from the Valle d'Aosta. It's called Neyret Nero. Many thought it came from France or Switzerland but apparently it is indigenous to this interesting particular region of Italy. I love the wines from the Valle d'Aosta. I've never had one that contained Neyret, at least not that I know of. As... 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 →
I am finally back to posting about Italian Indigenous Varieties. I haven't written a post in this series since May so I imagine it will be 2024 before I get through all the varieties. My goal for the rest of 2018 is to finish the letters N and O and to be in the varieties... Continue Reading →
I recently had this wine at a celebratory lunch for my birthday. Rather than choose a fancy restaurant I decided to go with a family haunt and choose a wine that reminded me of days of old. I was surprised by how light and refreshingly zippy the wine was. It was floral with white flower... Continue Reading →