Today’s featured wine of the week “magically” takes us to a land that really deserves a closer look: I’d like to tell you about the area immediately south of Lake Garda, the biggest lake in Italy and a popular tourist destination. There, straddling the nearby regions of Lombardy and Veneto, lies the Lugana Doc wine cultivation territory.
Elegance, intense aroma and a noticeable mineral component: there are the three qualities possessed by Classic Method (the same Champenois) Trentodoc sparkling wine, produced by the 45 companies adhering to Trento Doc Institute. This is far from a given, but Trentino people are gifted with precision, rigor and foresight, and that goes doubly so for vintners.
Irpinia is, without a doubt, a great land for red wine (but also for white wines). Also known as the province of Avellino, north of Naples, it’s the home of Aglianico, its most important red vine and the source of the most structured wines on the market. Such grapes are particularly suited for cultivation in the Taurasi Docg territory, which employs them in order to produce an excellent southern Italian red wine: the Taurasi, which some oenological critics have described as “Barolo of the South”.
The first Brunello di Montalcino I’m going to present on this blog is one I’ve already tasted on two different occasions, months apart, and both times I was left simply astounded. The first time was last February, as part of “Benvenuto Brunello”, a preview of the new vintages of this extraordinary wine that takes place each year in Montalcino. I assume by now you’ve all heard of Montalcino, the historic town in the Siena province known worldwide precisely for its excellent red wine of Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin.
Barolo (along with Brunello di Montalcino) is undoubtedly the most famous Italian red wine in the world, a well-deserved reputation that has consolidated over the past 20 years of oenological history, mainly thanks to several top quality bottles made possible by the efforts of growers who have made rigor and dedication to land and vine their only creed.
Amarone della Valpolicella ranks among the best of Italian red wines, and it’s a real point of pride for our viticulture and enology. The highest quality bottles of this (in some ways “extreme”) wine are appreciated the world over. The Classic Valpolicella area is located north of Verona (Veneto), in a hilly land near Lake Garda, where it forms a series of valleys that spread out like the five fingers of a hand. The region is further divided into the sub-areas of Sant’Ambrogio, San Pietro in Cariano, Fumane, Negrar and Marano. The vineyards are mostly cultivated using the traditional “Pergola Veronese” method, but many growers have introduced innovations in the vineyard and in the winery both.
The last month in Sicily there was a female press tour, to promote the local wines and lands. It was organized by Doc Sicilia Consortium: five american journalists of specialized press and overseas lifestyle have visited eleven sicilian wine cellars and the beautiful places of the Oriental Sicily as Caltagirone downtown, Ragusa Ibla, Noto, Modica and Taormina. A tour was based on the stimulation of sensation through the wine, the winery and the story of the fascinating Sicily.
There is a particular kind of red grape called Piedirosso considered a small metter or, more precisely, it was useless by the native varieties of Campania, until few years ago.
The wine made by this grape was almost exclusively used as a blending wine because it isn’t much tannic, so it was more difficult realize softer and less aggressive full-bodied and structured wines such as Aglianico.
Dear friends, I admit my crazy love for sparkling wines and specially for the Italian Metodo Classico sparkling wines (the same as Champagne method). Since several years these kind of wines are produced in many Italian regions, not only in those so-called “traditional regions”.
But the first choice for this Blog between Metodo Classico comes from Trentino (both Lombardia produces many wines Metodo Classico sparkling wine, right on the top). The Trentodoc producers define their excellent wines as “Mountain Bubbles”. Today I will tell about a really number one sparkling wine.
That’s a breaking news already known to all wine lovers: Italy is a country rich in local vines and wines derived from them. One of the most characteristic red varieties, especially in the central regions, is Montepulciano grape. But there isn’t only one type of Montepulciano. We know Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, that’s a real Doc, and Montepulciano in the Marche region from which are born red Conero wines. Mount Conero is a small mountain of 572 meters above sea level near the city of Ancona, the regional capital. I want to talk today just about Rosso Conero wines.