While browsing in any US liquor store in the Italian wine section, I often see other shoppers totally mystified by the label on a bottle of wine from Italy. We are accustomed to selecting our wines via the type of grape (varietal), which on wines produced here in the US is front and center – Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Grigio. Italian wines are labelled quite differently, and can be difficult, especially when unfamiliar with the language, to tell what is what – producer, location, region, varietal. Guests on our private Italy tours are both fascinated and frustrated with the sheer number of new, wonderful, but unfamiliar wines to explore. We discover together during our week that there is some method to all of this madness, and our clients leave with a great appreciation for the long history and traditions behind wine production in Italy.
Azienda Agricola Vigna Rionda was established in 1896 by Giovanni Massolino and over the 120 years that have passed since then the winery has become known by the Massolino family’s surname rather than its former moniker. Today Franco Massolino is the man at the helm and he became the fourth generation of the Massolino family to run this winery when he took control in 1994. The family’s vineyard holdings currently extend to cover 23 hectares and around 120,000 bottles of wine are produced annually.
During my semester studying abroad in Florence, my favorite restaurant was a tiny place tucked away just around the corner from the sprawling Mercato Centrale. I always ordered the same thing: ribollita, a traditional Tuscan soup made with day-old bread, cannellini beans, and cavolo nero. Now, every Christmas, my husband and I make ribollita and there is always a bottle of Italian wine to accompany it. It's an old saying, but in Italy, what grows together truly goes together. If you love Italian food like I do—the pasta, the prosciutto, the olive oil—exploring Italian wine is a fun next step.
Firenze è una città perennemente “da scoprire”, le sue stradine, l’Oltrarno e le sue botteghe storiche ormai sempre più rare, i viali che portano fino al Piazzale Michelangelo, i cancelli chiusi, i portoni….ma se si riesce a scorgere attraverso i muri, i pergolati, le grate e le persiane si possono scoprire dei mondi impensabili, dei giardini dalla bellezza sconcertante, celati, ma spudorati nella loro bellezza. E così anche il centro storico, fatto di palazzoni severi, eleganti, classicheggianti ma che si aprono ad attività nuove, ad artigiani illuminati, arte e cultura, a collezioni impensate, a musei….
Le Marche (The Marches) is located on the Adriatic coast toward the top of the Italian peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Ancona. In the wine world, Marche is best known for white wines made from Verdicchio and perhaps for Montepulciano-based red wines like Rosso Cònero and Rosso Piceno. It has 5 DOCGs, 15 DOCs (see map), and 1 IGP. In 2012, Marche produced 920,000 hl (10.2 million cases) of wine.
The region’s primary grape varieties are Sangiovese (22%), Montepulciano (20%), and Verdicchio (14%).
Vintage and vinification: - The grapes, which are completely covered by the 'noble mould', are harvested in an exceptionally advanced stage of ripeness (at the end of November – the beginning of December) and taken to the winery in small baskets to avoid damage to the individual grapes.
- the wine is obtained using white wine vinification methods: • Crushing of whole grape clusters • Extraction of the flower must only • Must clarification by cold settling • Temperature controlled fermentation • Aging in part in burnt wood barrels and in part in stainless steel tanks where full maturity is reached after 18-24 months • Tartaric stabilisation refrigeration at -4° C for 6 days • Cold sterile bottling with microfiltration • Aging in bottles for at least 6-12 months
.We all know what happens when you leave a glass of wine out overnight. Travesty. However, until recently there have been no tools to measure the effect of oxygen on wine over time. Oxygen is both a necessity and a detriment to wine. It enters a wine bottle through the cork. What you might not know is that oxygen is dissolved in the wine itself.
Learn about the 5 major styles of dessert wine, from light and fizzy wines like Moscato d’Asti to rich and age-worthy vintage Port. This guide offers examples and flavor profiles to describe the 5 categories of dessert wine.
Just Le Marche's insight:
Skip the heavy dessert option for something that will make your mouth twinkle. Dessert wines are meant to be enjoyed in small glasses and treasured like a glass of Scotch. Learn about the 5 major styles of dessert wine, from delicately fizzy Moscato d’Asti to rich brooding vintage Port.
Dessert Wine Basics Sweet wine is produced with extra sweet wine grapes. In order to make them sweet, the fermentation is stopped before the yeast turns all the natural grape sugar into alcohol. There are several ways to stop the fermentation, including super-cooling or adding brandy to wine. Both methods create an environment where yeast won’t survive. While there are hundreds of different types of dessert wines available in the market, most fall into 5 main styles. This guide outlines the 5 styles and includes examples of each.
Cantina Tudernum is one of the largest wineries in Umbria, founded in 1958 it is located on the Umbrian hillside next to the river Tiber in the beautiful historic city of Todi. The original company was started by 57 vineyard owners with a total of over 650 hectares of vines under cultivation, this was then reduced to 400 hectares in 1995 and this is still the current size of the vineyard. In the last ten years Cantina Tudernum has worked closely with the University of Milan to research the rare Grechetto di Todi grape variety which is different from the normal Grechetto grape varieties used and grown in other parts of Umbria. Research is currently taking place to rediscover the Grechetto Nero grape type, bring this lost variety back into production and make the wine produced from this grape available once again. The winery has been at the forefront of wine making in Umbria and has continued this trend over the past few years by investing more than 2 million Euros in new machinery and infrastructure. Their constant striving to produce only the best wines that are typical of this part of Umbria has allowed them to offer exceptional value to customers with a range of wines that offer a choice of basic wines through to the very highest quality wines available.
La Cantina Tudernum è una delle più estese presenti sul territorio umbro dal 1958 e si trova sulle colline vicine al fiume Tevere nei pressi della città storica di Todi. La cantina fu originariamente avviata da 57 soci produttori per un totale di 650 ettari di vigneti che nel 1995 si sono ridotti a 400 e questa è ancora la corrente dimensione delle vigne odierne. Negli ultimi dieci anni Cantina Tudernum ha lavorato a stretto contatto con l'Università di Milano nella ricerca e riscoperta di antiche varietà di Grechetto di Todi, un uva differente dalla più comune varietà di Grechetto usata in altri parti della regione. Recentemente questa collaborazione ha portato alla riscoperta della varietà di vite Grechetto Nero ed alla sua conseguente rimessa in coltivazione e produzione offrendo a tutti la possibilità di degustare nuovamente questa antica varietà. L'azienda è stata sempre leader nel settore vinicolo in Umbria e negli ultimi anni un nuovo investimento di 2 milioni di Euro in macchinari ed infrastrutture la conferma ancora una volta centro importante per questo settore nella regione. I costanti sforzi per la realizzazione di ottimi vini legati alla tipicità regionale ed in particolare di questa parte dell'Umbria, hanno permesso di offrire ai clienti una scelta di vini ampia e completa, da una linea base ad una di elevatissima qualità.
The Marches (Marche) has a beautiful and diverse landscape of mountains, hills and rivers. The capital is Ancona and has a port through which the city also has much importance. You will find no great historical treasures or exclusive restaurants
Wine lovers might treasure the oaky, full-bodied taste of a cabernet sauvignon or the light and fruity aroma of a pinot grigio. But if the bottle is stopped with a low-quality cork, they can kiss that meticulously cultivated flavor goodbye.
Many people may only worry about corks when it's time to pop the Champagne, but some experts are worried about wine cork quality, which has been mysteriously in decline for almost 20 years.
Corks are made from the bark of Quercus suber trees, commonly called cork oaks, which grow only in southwest Europe and northwest Africa. More and more low-quality cork trees with thin bark are sprouting up.
You’re probably wondering why some people are such sticklers about wine glasses. What’s the big deal if you prefer your wine out of a Solo cup? If the wine is cheap and you only want it for its ‘therapeutic’ benefits, then a Solo cup is fine! However, if you’re trying to understand wine and want to be able to taste all of the nuanced flavors, then you may want a proper glass.
Trama: la seconda lezione del Non-Corso incentrata sul tema degustazione. Regia: Emanuele Giannone. Ambientazione: un’enoteca romana. Cast: i simposianti. Il film riprende dove era stato interrotto la scorsa volta.: “Il ruolo del vino nel corso della Storia, le sue funzioni sacrali – rituali, mediche, curative“. E poi lo sviluppo di una sensibilità verso il vino come altro da tutto questo. Per raggiungere i primi “oltre”: wine, as poetry in a bottle.
Rosati non pervenuti – verrebbe da dire scorrendo i dati sui consumi italiani del vino, nell’indagine condotta recentemente da Iri per Vinitaly 2014. I vini bianchi sono in crescita sui rossi, i vini frizzanti avanzano sui fermi; non viene invece fornito alcun dato relativo al consumo dei vini rosati.
Dal 5 al 7 aprile potremo incntrare 140 vignaioli di sei diversi paesi, uniti da una sola idea: un vino senza pesticidi e senza manipolazioni chimiche, che riscopra i profumi originali della terra e dell'uva. Un vino naturale insomma.
Nella splendida cornice di Villa Da Porto Zordan della "La favorita", in via F. Muttoni a Monticello di Fara - Serengo (Vi), per l'undicesimo anno consecutivo un pubblico di appassionati e professionisti potrà degustare centinaia di vini veri proposti direttamente dai produttori.
VinNatur, l'associazione senza fini di lucro presieduta da Angiolino Maule, è la più grande associazione di produttori naturali e soprattutto l'unica che analizza il vino dei propri associati per valutarne la conformità all'autocertificazione.
La manifestazione si svolgerà dalle 10:00 alle 18:00 del 5-6-7 aprile. Il costo del biglietto di entrata è di 20 euro al giorno, comprensivi di guida della manifestazione e bicchiere da degustazione.
If wine is made from just grapes how come some people can taste different fruits like cherry, pear or passion fruit? You often hear descriptions like butter, vanilla, clove and even bacon. So where do these flavors come from and what are the most common in wine?
Let’s break down flavors in wine and classify some familiar grape varieties so you can explore wine through flavor.
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