Lambrusco is on my mind and what better way to talk about it then mentioning Christian Belllei's view of Lambrusco di Sorbara. Created in 2010 thanks to a little help from his friends, Bellei restored his family's original winery site in Bomporto near Modena. The family winery was originally founded in 1920. His father Giuseppe... Continue Reading →
I had never heard of this grape before Vinitaly in 2012. I just mentioned this grape variety in my daily Instagram talk about grape vines yesterday. Within Vinitaly there was a special section of “natural” wines called Vivit. Many of the producers in that section seemed to be from Tuscany, Trentino or more familiar regions but I did... Continue Reading →
It is hard to believe it is December and almost the holiday season. In Italy, the holidays beginning this weekend with the Immaculate or the Immaculate Conception on Sunday, December 8. It seems a perfect time to explore some of the areas of Italy that we haven't discussed this year and that's why, this month's... Continue Reading →
This week's indigenous variety is called Negretto Nero. It hails from Emilia Romagna and is generally seen around the province of Bologna and in the hills near Ravenna. The name comes from the fact that the grape is very dark skinned. I've never had a wine made from this variety but it is said to... Continue Reading →
This week's post for my spirited Sunday is Vecchia Romagna. This brandy is one of the most ubiquitous ones you see in Italy. Every single bar has a bottle of Stravecchio, Vecchia Romagna and many Amaro brands. It is as common as vodka or any other spirit in Italian bars. It has a very long... Continue Reading →
Every year when I go to Vinitaly in April, I see old clients, always look and meet new clients and often try to attend various conferences and spend time trying wines I know little about. This year in particular it was a very crowded trip, also because it was shorter than usual for me. One... Continue Reading →
I just shared a bottle of Aulente Rosso IGT from San Patrignano with a friend last night and paired it with Peruvian chicken. A lovely combination and I thought I would post this blog about Sangiovese in Romagna.
One of my biggest discoveries this Vinitaly was just how good wines can be from Emilia Romagna. I had generally overlooked Emilia as a wine region, my mistake, and aside from great Lambrusco, had tended not given its wines their due. That said, I love Emilia Romagna and spent a great year of my life in graduate school there at SAIS in Bologna.
I also spent a fair number of summers on the Adriatic at Lido degli Estensi and Lido delle Nazioni and have fond memories of many experiences in that part of the world. Not least, I am a huge fan of some musicians from Emilia Romagna, namely Vasco Rossi and the amazing Luciano Ligabue. Rockers Italian style, I feel like I am 16 when I listen to their music, check out this song from Vasco, Vivere and this one from Liga….
This I know is a wine…
View original post 244 more words
Emilia-Romagna usually brings to mind great food rather than great wines. I would argue that while that might have been true in the past, the region has made great strides in recent decades. I just found an old copy of a Kyle Phillip's International Wine Review from 2002 in which he reviewed, mostly favorably a... Continue Reading →
Colombana Nera is a red grape variety grown in Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, primarily although it is also permitted in the Denominazione Controllata (D.O.C.) wine from Colli di Luni in Southern Liguria. It is a vigorous variety when it grows unchecked. It has a thick skin but produces a light colored wine oddly enough. It... Continue Reading →
I can't stop thinking about Emilia Romagna. Today's news of another earthquake, this time deep in the sea, off the coast of Ravenna. Ravenna is one of my favorite cities, the home of a number of my friends and home to inestimable art treasures. Luckily it seems that no one and nothing was terribly damaged... Continue Reading →