Italian Indigenous Varieties: Nebbiera Nera

This week's variety is one I had never heard of called Nebbiera Nera. As you might expect from the name, its a cross between Nebbiolo and Barbera made by Professor Giovanni Dalmasso at the Istituto Sperimentale per la Viticoltura in Conegliano in 1938. The idea was to incorporate some of the rustic qualities of Barbera... Continue Reading →

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Italian Indigenous Varieties: Franconia Nera & Fubiano Bianco

I have a goal for this month's indigenous varieties series: I need to reach the end of the "F" varieties by the end of August. This is to explain why I am jumping around a bit this month instead of going strictly in order. Back to our weekly grape varieties, Franconia Nera is a grape... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Cove Bianco

Cove Bianco is one of those rare varieties that you probably have never heard nor perhaps tasted. It was created in 1938 by Enologist Giovanni Dalmasso and is a cross between the Hungarian grape variety Harslevelu, used in Tokaj and Malvasia Trevigiana. It is used as a blending grape only and never made into a... Continue Reading →

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