Italian Indigenous Varieties: Mayolet from Valle d’Aosta

This week's Italian indigenous grape variety hails from the Valle d'Aosta and is called Mayolet. It is usually found in blends with Petit Rouge and Oriou Gros. It can usually be found in the DOC wine called Torrette. Les Cretes has a wonderful version of this wine. It also can be made into a monovarietal... Continue Reading →

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Italian Indigenous Varieties: Marzemino Nero

Originally Marzemino hailed from the Veneto but spread quickly to other regions such as Lombardy, Trentino, Emilia and Friuli. The grape is featured in Mozart's Opera "Don Giovanni in this phrase which Giovanni utters to Leporello, "Versa il vino! Eccellente Marzimino!" It is often blended with Barbera, Groppello, Merlot or Sangiovese. In Trentino, it has... Continue Reading →

Wine Wednesday: Saten from Ricci Curbastro

I love Champagne but the wines from Franciacorta D.O.C.G. have always held sway with me as well. Franciacorta is an area in the Lombardy region of Italy which is sandwiched between the city of Brescia and Lake Garda. The area makes great sparkling wines using the traditional method where the wine undergoes secondary fermentation in... Continue Reading →

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