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Provence Wines: Domaine Des Planes

Provence Wines: Domaine Des Planes | Vino in Love | Scoop.it
In this post we'll take a closer look at four of the wines from Provençal winery Domaine Des Planes which is based in Saint Raphael in the Var department. 
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Introducing Abbazia Santa Anastasia

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Abbazia Santa Anastasia was founded in the 12th century as by members of House Hauteville, a petty baronial Norman family, as an abbey for monks. The monks quickly discovered that the terrain was perfectly suited to plan vines and that tradition was passed on for generations.

The present-day winery, however, was founded in 1982. All . . . 

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Abbazia Sana Anastasia makes high quality wines on the beautiful island of Sicily. We reviewed six of their wines for you. 

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High Expectations: 2006 Guerrieri Gonzaga - San Leonardo

High Expectations: 2006 Guerrieri Gonzaga - San Leonardo | Vino in Love | Scoop.it
San Leonardo is a red wine from the Trentino-Alto Adige region in Italy which has been recommended to me by friends and fellow wine lovers alike. Some praised it as one of the best Italian reds. Ot...
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One of the best cold-climate Cabernet Sauvignon! You gotta try this wine!

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Mini Reviews: March 2015

Mini Reviews: March 2015 | Vino in Love | Scoop.it
Because of my travels in March I had less time to write about all the wines that I tasted throughout the month. So I thought I revive the end of the month Mini-Review theme. If you are not familiar...
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Spring is coming: This Custoza Superiore has style

Spring is coming: This Custoza Superiore has style | Vino in Love | Scoop.it

Granted, Custoza does not have the best reputation. For decades high yield and an on average low quality were responsible for the wine’s rather poor standing. This trend is starting to change and Custoza now exists in a variety of qualities. Last December, I received a bottle of 2013 Cantina Gorgo Summa Custoza Superiore DOC as gift. Spring is coming and this white wine should definitely be on your to-buy list. It has style and is a perfect choice for warm evenings on the porch.


Bianco di Custoza, which is often simply called Custoza, is a white wine of Italy’s Veneto region. First created in 1963 by Cavalchina which began calling their white win Custoza. Calvachina produced this wine with a blend of Garganega, Trebbiano and Cortese which is called Bianca Fernanda in Veneto. Eight years passed before . . . Continue reading on Vino in Love: http://vinoinlove.com/spring-is-coming-this-custoza-superiore-has-style/

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Weekly Wine Quiz #33 - Aosta Valley

Weekly Wine Quiz #33 - Aosta Valley | Vino in Love | Scoop.it

The Aosta Valley is the smallest of Italy’s 20 regions and borders Switzerland to the north, France to the west, and the Piedmont the east and south. French is next to Italian one of the two official languages of the region. The Aosta Valley is an Alpine valley and is therefore by nature very mountainous. Severe, cold winters make any form of agriculture difficult but this hasn’t stopped the locals from . . . Continue reading on Vino in Love: http://vinoinlove.com/weekly-wine-quiz-33-aosta-valley/

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Wednesday is wine quiz time on Vino in Love. Can you answer these five questions about Aosta Valley wine? Cheers! 

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The Valpolicella and its Wines

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The Valpolicella

The Valpolicella is a pattern of different valleys between Lake Garda and the mountain chain of the Monti Lessini in Veneto, Italy.

The viticulture zone is divided into three subregions:

Valpolicella Classica: The Valpolicella Classica lies in the west and is the heart of the region. Some of the best vineyards are found here. It is entered around the town of Negrar. It is the traditional viticulture zone of the Valpolicella.Valpolicella Valpantena: This sub-region is named after a Pantheon in the village Santa Maria in Stelle and only became part of the Valpolicella viticulture zone in the 1960s. One fifth of the Valpolicella productions come from the Valpantena.Valpolicella: Wines labeled Valpolicella are produced in the east of the region near the villages Squaranto and Illasi. However, wineries in the Valpolicella Classica and Valpantena can also decide to label their wines Valpolicella. There is no obligation to label wines Classico or Valpantena.

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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve tasted a bunch of wines from the Valpolicella and have also attended two Valpolicella tastings. At the end of this post I will share all my tasting notes with you.

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Vina in Love goes Rioja: 2001 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza

Vina in Love goes Rioja: 2001 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza | Vino in Love | Scoop.it

Todays’s wine highlight is the Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial from La Rioja Alta.

Rioja Alta

The Rioja Alta is one of the three sub-regions in Spain’s world-famous Rioja wine region – the other two sub-regions are Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. It is centred around the town Haro and covers the western territory of the Rioja, which has a higher elevation that the other sub-regions. This high elevation of the Rioja Alta also explains its name: Alta is Spanish for high. Rioja Alta therefore means High Rioja.

The majority of the vineyards lie south of the Ebro river where the soils and the continental climate are ideal for Tempranillo  – the ‘star’ of the Rioja. Graciano and Garnacha (called Cannonau on Sardinia and Grenache in France) are the other two important grape varieties of the region. Garnacha is Spain’s second most planted red grape variety; Tempranillo is the most planted one. Because of the vast difference between the Rioja Alta and the Rioja Baja, some wineries . . .

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The 2001 Vina Ardanza is among the best wines I tasted in the last couple of years. This Rioja is a must-try! What are you waiting for?!

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Wine Review: 2010 Cantina Mesa - Buio Buio - Vino in Love

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Cantina Mesa owns 70 hectares of vineyards in the historical region Sulcis-Iglesiente, which is part of present day southwest Sardinia. The winery focuses on wines that best represent the terroir of the island and so it is only natural that Cannonau, Carignano and Vermentino are grown in their vineyards. The soils are naturally sandy and chalky and rocky. Cantina Mesa is currently owned by Gavino Sanno, an Italian author and renowned advertising professional. In 2006, Sanno left his advertising company to devote himself to his winery. With an annual production of 500.000 bottles, Cantina Mesa is one of Sardinia’s larger wineries and . . .

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Son Of The Wind: 2008 Donnafugata Ben Ryé | Vino in Love

Son Of The Wind: 2008 Donnafugata Ben Ryé | Vino in Love | Vino in Love | Scoop.it

Pantelleria is a tiny volcanic island in the Straits of Sicily just 60 km east of the Tunisian coast. Although Pantelleria belongs to Italy it has been influenced by many cultures in the past and in fact it was first settled by Iberians and Romans but was conquered in the 8th century the island was conquered by Arabs and ever since the Arab culture has remained omnipresent. The Arabs influenced many things on Pantelleria – including winemaking. They brought new grape varieties to the island with the most famous one being Muscat of Alexandria, which is better known as Zibibbo on . . .
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Exploring Cannonau: Meloni Vini | Vino in Love

Exploring Cannonau: Meloni Vini | Vino in Love | Vino in Love | Scoop.it

Today’s post is dedicating to the one of the oldest – if not the oldest - grape variety grown in the Mediterranean Basin: Cannonau. For centuries it was believed that Cannonau is actually just a clone of Garnacha (a.k.a Grenache) and that the grape variety was brought to Sardinia in the 14th century by the Crown of Aragon, which ruled the Mediterranean island for over a century and studies in Spain revealed that Cannonau and Garnacha have a lot in common. However, more recent studies have proven that . . . Continue reading on Vino in Love 

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Chianti Revisited - 2010 Ricasoli - Brolio - Chianti Classico | Vino in Love

Chianti Revisited - 2010 Ricasoli - Brolio - Chianti Classico | Vino in Love | Vino in Love | Scoop.it

Castello di Brolio lies on one of the scenic hills in the heart of the Chianti Classico area. In the 1860s Baron Ricasoli met with fellow local wine producers at Castello di Brolio to develop the formula for Chianti blends. These regulations have only been changed a few. The winery is considered one of the oldest wineries of the world and still owned by the Ricasoli family that received ownership of the castle in 1141.  The castle was the sight of numerous battles between the rivaling Republic of Florence and Republic of Siena because it is located exactly on the historic border between the two republics. During World War II Castello di Brolio was bombarded, partly destroyed and repaired after the war. It is surrounded by 230 hectares of vineyards and some olive and lemon trees.


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Visiting Le Marche - Part I | Vino in Love

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Grape growing has a long tradition in Ascoli Piceno but only in the last two decades wine making has become more serious but even today the majority of the grape growers in the region sell their grapes to a third party instead of making wine out of them. This applies not only to Ascoli Piceno but to all of Le Marche. Too little was invested and without proper marketing the wines of Ascoli Piceno were destined to be overlooked by its neighboring competitors – especially Abruzzo managed to bring  the grape varieties from Le Marche to a big success. Montepulciano, one of the most important red grape varieties of Le Marche, is today mostly associated with Abruzzo (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC) and intact the Abruzzesi managed to . . . 

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Chilled Red Wine

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The temperatures in Munich keep surpassing the 30°C mark. Naturally, during summer the demand for red wine decreases as people drink more whites and rosé. But for those who still prefer drinking reds over anything else I have a suggestion: Drink your red wine chilled.

 

Not every red wine is ideal for being served chilled and wine makers as well professional wine snobs might as well discourage you from doing so but a chilled red wine can be something truly wonderful when it’s hot outside.

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Not your typical Brunello

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Tenuta Vitanza is a rather young winery and was founded about 23 years ago in 1991 by Rosalba Vitanza. Rosalba had initially purchased about 16 hectares and after immense success she slowly expanded her vineyard area. She is being consulted by Paolo Vagaggini, a renowned Italian wine maker who was nominated by Wine Enthusiast in 2013 for a Wine Star Award in the category best wine maker of the year. Vagaggini also consults wineries like Biondi Santi and Poggio Antico. 

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Summer White Wine Recommendations

Summer White Wine Recommendations | Vino in Love | Scoop.it

It's hot these days in Munich with temperatures of about 30°C. This dwelling heat is perfect for fresh summer wines. Below is a list of wines which I recommend for this warm period of the year. 

 

The Veneto is one of my favorite regions in Italy for refreshing white wines: Lugana, Soave, Custoza or varietal Pinot Grigio – to name just a few. Hundreds of producers, competitive prices and quality wines. The list is endless. For this post, we will concentrate on three Custoza and three Soave wines.



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Stunning Pinotage from Stellenbosch

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Stellenbosch is probably Africa’s best known viticulture area and named after a town which is located in the Western Cape region of South Africa about 50 kilometres east of Cape Town. The town lies along the Eerste River and is one of the oldest European settlements in the region. Stellenbosch was originally colonized by Dutch and French settlers in the 17th century who began growing vines after an unsuccessful attempt of oak tree reforestation. The soil within Stellenbosch varies a lot which allows wine makers to grow a variety of different grape varieties with the most-planted one being . . .Continue reading on Vino in Love: 

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Not Your Typical Sauvignon Blanc

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Schiava, Lagrein and Gewürztraminer are among the most commonly associated grape varieties with South Tyrol but the region is also home to some astonishing white wines from international varieties like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Tenute Loacker is one of the wineries that produces varietals out of these international varieties and in today’s wine review we will take a closer look at the 2011 Tenute Loacker Tasnim - a varietal Sauvignon Blanc.

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Mini Reviews: October 2014

Mini Reviews: October 2014 | Vino in Love | Scoop.it

This month's edition includes wines from South Africa, Germany and Italy.

 

2011 Spier – Gables 21 Pinotage – Stellenbosch (100% Pinotage; French/Hungarian/American oak): Aromas of cocoa, caramelized oranges, blackberries, cherries – dry, medium-body, mellow tannins, well-balanced, elegant, notes of dark chocolate and tobacco – Lovely Pinotage!

Rating 4/5 stars Average price: €19

 

2010 Neethlingshof Estate – The Owl City – Stellenbosch (100% Pinotage; Hungarian oak): Viola, black fruit, vanilla and pepper aromas – dry, full-bodied, rich, elegant.

Rating 3.5/5 stars Average price: €15

 

2011 K. Keller – Riesling Trocken – Rheinhessen QbA (100% Riesling; stainless steel): On the nose lime zest, stones and . . . Continue reading on Vino in Love: http://vinoinlove.com/mini-reviews-october-2014/

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I taste lots of wine every month that doesn’t get its own dedicated post. The monthly Mini-Reviews allow me to share these tasting notes with you. One post – many reviews!

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Weekly Wine Quiz #32 - Piedmont - Vino in Love

Weekly Wine Quiz #32 - Piedmont - Vino in Love | Vino in Love | Scoop.it

On to this week’s quiz. We are continuing the Italian Regions theme and today we are focusing on Piedmont.

Piedmont is located in the northwest of Italy and is also the second-largest region of the country. It borders France to the west, the Aosta Valley to the Aosta Valley to the north-east, Switzerland to the north, Lombardy to the east, the Emilia-Romagna to the south-east and Liguria to the south. The terrain is an alpine with lots of rivers, which explains the name of the region: Piedmont means the foot of the mountain.  There are sources that indicate that grapes have been cultivated in Piedmont since 4000 B.C.

Thanks to wines like Barolo and Barbaresco, the Piedmont became one of the world’s finest and most prestigious wine regions. No other region in Italy produces more DOCG wines than the Piedmont. Of course, Piedmont is not just a . . . Continue reading on Vino in Love: http://vinoinlove.com/weekly-wine-quiz-32-piedmont/

 

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This week's wine quiz is all about wine from the prestigious Piedmont. Can you answer these five questions? Unlimited bragging rights are up for grabs! 

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Weekly Wine Quiz #31 - Trentino-Alto Adige - Vino in Love

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On to this week’s quiz. We are continuing the Italian Regions theme and today we are focusing on Trentino-Alto Adige.

Trentino-Alto Adige is Italy’s northernmost region and since the 1970s it is made up of two autonomous provinces: Trentino and South Tyrol.

 

With an annual wine production of roughly 1.2 million hectolitres, Trentino-Alto Adige accounts for just over 3% of Italy’s annual wine production. Due to the region’s geo-political situation its winemaking traditions, which can be traced back to ~1000 B.C., are heavily influenced by German-speaking countries – after all South Tyrol was part of Austria for nearly 600 years and only became . . . Continue reading on Vino in Love

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This week's wine quiz is all about wine from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy's northernmost wine region. Can you answer these five questions? Unlimited bragging rights are up for grabs! 

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Weekly Wine Quiz #30 - Lombardy - Vino in Love

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The first theme is called Italian Regions and will focus on Italy’s twenty regions. Today we will start with Lombardy.

 

Lombardy is situated in Northern Italy and borders Switzerland as well as the Italian regions Veneto and South Tyrol in the east, Piedmont in the west and Emilia-Romagna in the south. Roughly 1.5 million hectolitres of wine are produced in the region every year. The region’s winemaking traditions date back to the Greeks who settled along the Po river. Later on Etruscans, Romans and Venetians helped refining Lombard winemaking.

 

Famous poets like Horace and Virgil had praised the wines from Lombardy already in ancient Roman times. The region is especially known for its classic-method sparkling wines called Franciacorta and is also Italy’s production leader when it comes to those. The mountainous Valtellina valley on the Lombard-Swiss border and the . . . Continue Reading on Vino in Love: http://vinoinlove.com/weekly-wine-quiz-30-lombardy/

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Vino in Love's weekly wine quiz series is back! Can you answer these five wine-related questions? 

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2013 Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg - Lössterrassen Grüner Veltliner

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The Kamptal is one of Austria’s most successful white wine regions and centered around Langenlois, the largest Austrian wine-growing municipality. Named after the river Kamp, a left tributary of the Danube, the Kamptal has earned itself an international reputation for outstanding Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. The Kamptal has a vineyard area of more than 3.800 hectares with a terroir that ranges from volcanic soil to loess, and bedrock and is more than 200.000.000 years old. For more background . . .

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Wine Review: 2001 Beringer - Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley | Vino in Love

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In the late 19th century two Germans, Jacob and Frederick Beringer, left their hometown Mainz and sailed for the New World. After arriving in New York, they decide to traveled to California, purchased around 200 acres of land in Napa Valley and opened a winery.

In the 19th century, most vineyards in the United States were cultivated by European immigrants and the largest group of them was German so it was no surprise that the Beringer brothers decided to get involved in the wine business. For more . . . Continue reading on Vino in Love.

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Madeira Wine | Vino in Love

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Vintage LoveThe body, the legs, the breathing time, the fruitiness — there are so many ways to judge a glass of wine that many sophisticated palettes are easily offended by a ‘lesser’ wine. One example of a vintage scorned is world-famous Madeira wine which has endured years of sniffing noses being turned up at its humble presence. But it wasn’t always that way…
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