Il Marroneto Madonna delle Grazie 2011 – From “wine game” to Brunello masterpiece

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.

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Bertani 2008, a very long-lived red wine

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.

Leslie Sbrocco (CNN): Sicily Wines in USA? We want some Grillo and Frappato

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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.

Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2002 – The perfect mountain sparkling wine

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.

Rosso Conero (Marche): discovering the Red Marine Wine Montepulciano

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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.

Sweet Island Wine – Malvasia delle Lipari 2014 Barone di Villagrande

I want to tell you about a nice sweet wine that deserves to be known better: Malvasia delle Lipari Passito. Vintage 2014 of this wine is produced by Barone di Villagrande Estate which has its basement in the territory of Milo, to the south shadows of Mount Etna which is the highest active volcano in Europe (3.329 mt altitude). In June 2013 Etna was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.