Exploring the Wines of Valtellina

Nebbiolo from the AlpsValtellina seems to be getting more attention than it used to and I for one think that was long overdue. I first discovered the area thanks to a friend who lives there over 20 years ago. They make wonderful wines and the landscape is breathtaking. Now that the  New York Times is giving it a lot more coverage, I am sure many people will be going to the area to visit and to drink the amazing wines from there. I certainly hope so.

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Vigneto Sassella Sommarovina

I first visited Valtellina with someone whose family had a home there in 1998. We went to Sondrio, drove around and visited wineries. The views were incredible and the terracing spectacular.  I wasn’t yet working in the wine business but I was studying wine in Milan at a local wine school. This wasn’t primarily a wine trip but we did visit a number of wineries and it was among the first wine trips I have ever been on. At the time, we didn’t visit Mamete Prevostini’s winery but it was the first I had heard of it. Fast forward 19 years and I decide to do a presentation on wines from Lombardy for the Society of Wine Educators conference. The first winery that came to mind was Mamete Prevostini for a few years. First because the wines are wonderful, second they are available in the US, third he is the…

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Braulio – An Amaro from Lombardy

Today's post is about Braulio, which is a well-known brand from Lombardy, specifically from the Valtellina region and the town of Bormio. The brand is now owned by the Campari Group. Braulio has a distinctly alpine flower note that characterizes it and also hints of sage. Braulio has a long history that started with Francesco... Continue Reading →

Lombardia: A Wealth of Wine

When one thinks of Lombardy or Lombardia as the Italians call it, they don't often think of wine. Milan, the principal city in the region, is known for finance, fashion, industry and much else. Wine is never what one first thinks of although even Milan has it's own DOC. San Colombano d.o.c. wine. This is... Continue Reading →

Italian Wine Regions: Lombardy

As I sit in my office in New York, currently without any windows, I am traveling virtually through Italy while looking at a big map of the wine regions. I am also cleaning up as one does for Spring and I have come upon all of my great material from a tasting I did last... Continue Reading →

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