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 →

Monday Musings: Labor Day & Grape Harvest

Today is Labor day. According to Wikipedia, "Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country." I got a survey in the mail today asking me if I am celebrating the holiday working to organize labor, spending time with friends... Continue Reading →

Buon Ferragosto!

Today is Ferragosto or the holiday that celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. That said, mostly it’s a day when every Italian save the very unlucky few, is on holiday. The entire country is basically away this week and I for one applaud such dedication to relaxation for the mind, food & wine for... Continue Reading →

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