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monday 17 june
Italian wines in the world: Vigna Dogarina's Prosecco Spumante Brut Millesimato 2018
We have tasted for you Vigna Dogarina's Prosecco Spumante Brut Millesimato 2018
Year of production: 2018
Price: € 5.90
Annual production: 250,000 bottles
Denomination: DOC TREVISO
Aging: 30 days in autoclave
Grapes: 100% Glera
An elegant bottle with a truly distinctive image, the 2018 Prosecco millesimato is the product of one of the most traditional, remarkable and memorable vintages in history. This Prosecco is processed with cutting-edge techniques and special care in maintaining the unique features of healthy grapes at the right point of ripeness. As soon as it is opened, it produces a bouquet of white-fleshed fruit and sweet notes of wild flowers that are exalted as it is poured into a glass which is filled with a delicate, never invasive froth. Its perlage is rich, vivid, extremely fine in its sparkling notes and definitely impacting in terms of olfactory balance, enriched with scents of tropical fruit still unripe mixed with touches of grapefruit and jasmine that refine it.
The taste is full, strong, wide-ranging, enjoyable and never disturbing in terms of effervescence, perfectly balanced with the olfactory feelings, leaving an aftertaste that mirrors a low sugar concentration, with a long lasting effect.
A sparkling classy wine, extremely pleasant to drink, with an overall sunny flavor, well balanced in taste and harmonized by an acidity that fully expresses the traits of the land of origin.
It is recommended to accompany cocktail with finger food based on fish from the Adriatic Sea, since its features favor the cleaning of the palate and allows us to enjoy great celebrations with friends.
Vigna Dogarina - Vi.V.O. Agricola, a company of the Vi.V.O. Cantine Group since 2016, is a wine-growing company producing quality wines, a place where the utmost attention is given to every single detail, from the management of the vineyards to the bottling, thus granting an excellent production process.
A solid experience, combined with the use of the latest modern technologies, allows the production of modern and elegant wines, the highest expression of the territory of origin, an historically rich areas between Venice and Treviso.
Via Arzeri 35 Salgareda 31040 IT
+39 0422 80419
monday 03 june
Italian wines in the world: Vigna Belvedere's Najma 2017
We have tasted for you Vigna Belvedere's Prosecco DOC Najma 2017 Brut
Year of production: 2017
Price: € 8.00
Annual production: 7,000 bottles
Aging: sparkling in autoclave 4 months
Grapes: 100% Glera
It's easy to say Prosecco. A single denomination and different nuances of a story that starts from the vineyard and reaches the glass. Different territorial origins even if located in the same north-eastern area of Italy and coming from 4 provinces of Friuli Venezia Giulia (Gorizia, Pordenone, Trieste, Udine) and 5 provinces of Veneto (Belluno, Vicenza, Padua, Treviso, Venice), places from the unique pedoclimatic conditions. Vigna Belvedere, a farm in the province of Pordenone is located in places particularly suited for the production of Prosecco, plains with loamy clay soils with sandy layers that move from the Alps towards the sea. With great passion for its land and with the knowledge of the traditional Simonit Sirch Pruning School behind it, it works eight hectares of vineyards of four different clones of Glera grapes. And if we still could not explain the success of Prosecco Doc, the suggestion remains to choose a glass of Najma 2017 Vigna Belvedere Brut. It will meet the favor and taste of all those who approach wine in a "pop" way while satisfying the desires of the most demanding palates. An elegant bubble, a glass with a pale straw yellow color and a fine, continuous and persistent perlage. Intriguing thanks to the olfactory and gustatory suggestions it offers, a concrete wine for the freshness of the aromas of apple and pear, white acacia flowers, hawthorn and delicate citrus scents. Fresh and slightly savory it is recommended to taste it in combination with a Prosecco Doc risotto and a sprinkling of lime and pecorino. To be served at a service temperature of 8 degrees.
Vigna Belvedere owes its history to the passionate work of a family of timber traders and landowners active in the north-east of Italy since the fifteenth century and who at the beginning of the nineteenth century decided to invest in different lands and real estate, on which the vineyards are now located, on the plain between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto, in order to facilitate the transportation of timber from the lush forests of Cadore to the lagoon of the ancient maritime Republic of Venice. After a period of interruption during the 1980s, in 2017 thanks to a total renewal of the vineyards, the company took a brand new road, without forgetting tradition.
Via Belvedere, 8 - 33087 Pasiano Di Pordenone (PN) - ITALIA
Tel. +39 340 6098086
saturday 18 may
Italian wines in the world: DOMENIS1898's Grappa Storica Nera Bio
We have tasted for you DOMENIS1898's Grappa Storica Nera Bio
Color: paper white
Year of production: NS
Price: 34.00 euros
Annual production: about 8000 bottles
Aging: 12 months in steel
Grapes: certified organic black berry grapes.
Storica Nera BIO is a 50° grappa obtained exclusively from pomace of Friulian organic certified black berry vines by the CCPB, authorized by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (MIPAAF) (pursuant to Legislative Decree 220/1995). The pomace of black grapes have, in fact, the ability to give a rounder and softer product than white grapes, giving an important alcohol content that remains much more delicate from a taste point of view. It is called Storica precisely because of the historical slow method. The low distillation temperature favors the recovery of the best aromas, thanks to an accurate direct steam discontinuous plant, invented by Domenis.
Storica Nera is a grappa of complete frankness and responding to the genus, that is, responding to the typical Friulian grappa, extremely distinctive and made even more intense by the alcohol content.
The white paper colour is decidedly transparent and brilliant. On the nose so much finesse and a harmonious, sincere and very intense bouquet, the latter characteristics, which make it of great value. A bouquet that embraces all the aromas, from orange peel to white floral; it is good to remember that in the olfactory approach it is increasingly important to focus on the search for intensity and finesse rather than on the individual descriptors. In the mouth, the heat exercised is completely blunted and attenuated by the softness that makes it "gentle" in the sip. The retro-olfactory perception confirms the refinement, the gracefulness and the decisive persistence. Serve at a temperature of 18 degrees, in a tall tulip-shaped glass. For all those who know how to indulge in the pleasures of life.
In 1898 the Domenis family settled in Cividale del Friuli and the ancestor Pietro Domenis founded the distillery that began to distribute its products in the Friuli area. In 1986, Storica was born: the perfect combination of alcohol content and aroma kit make this young grappa a product of immediate success that allows Domenis to establish itself as a recognized leader in the spirits market. After celebrating the first 100 years of distillation activity, in 1998 Storica Nera was born, the company's spearhead. Domenis pushes his art creating Secolo, a 60° grappa and a tribute to the founder Pietro. In 1999, the biological line of Domenis was born, and finally with 2016 the start of a new course for the historic DOMENIS® brand and for the prestigious distillery of Cividale del Friuli, which returns to the forefront of the market for distillates high quality as "DOMENIS1898 srl".
Via Darnazzacco 30
Cividale del Friuli
thursday 02 may
Italian wines in the world: Gotto D'Oro's Roma Rosso DOC Vinea Domini
We have tasted for you Gotto D'Oro's Roma Rosso DOC Vinea Domini
Year of production: 2017
Price: 7.50 euros
Annual production: 6000 bottles
Aging: barrique 1 year
Grapes: Montepulciano 60% and Sangiovese 40%
Lazio, Roma Doc and the Castelli Romani: denominations that boast tradition and culture. Since the Etruscan period, in fact, the Romans reached levels of excellence in learning the techniques of viticulture, they destined the best lands to become vineyards, choosing, in particular, plots of volcanic soils. From these generous places with a long winemaking tradition, in 1945 the “Gotto D’Oro” Social Winery was born. 1200 hectares of vineyards for 210 members, which today face a careful and conscious market with the Vinea Domini, the excellence line of the winery. Native and varietal vines in the wake of tradition and cultural interaction, with the cultivation of grapes such as petit verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon , syrah, Chardonnay, viognier e Sauvignon. Roma Doc Rosso Vinea Domini represents, instead, the enological culture of central Italy: traditional vines on tuffaceous and volcanic soils, a favorable climatic situation that allows quality and excellence. An increasingly "emerging" territory in the Italian wine scene.
Roma Doc Rosso is a fruity and floral chalice with a ruby red color and purple reflections. Delicate nuances of carnation flowers, potpourri, dried herbs, spices, peel of red oranges open to a taste of dark red fruits, blackberries and cherries. A finish of spices, cocoa and the sweetness of a passage in wise and generous wood that harmonizes taste and plays with tannins. A wine of good structure and persistence, it goes well with Roman dishes, or more simply with a grilled meat. To be served at a temperature of 18 degrees.
Gotto d’oro winery preserves the ancient wine making tradition of the fertile Castelli Romani area to the south of Rome, which traces its roots back to Roman times, and gives the company its brand name “Gotto” (goblet).
In fact, the term derives from the Latin guttus, an alternative form of gutus (jug or flask), and indicates a vessel used for drinking wine.
The international reputation of Grotto d’oro's products is such that they have come to be associated with the history and monuments of Rome itself, the Eternal City.
Azienda Gotto D'Oro
Via Del Divino Amore, 347 Marino, RM 00047 IT
Tel. +39 06 9302 2227
saturday 20 april
Italian wines in the world: Azienda Ronco Margherita's Ribolla Gialla
We have tasted for you Azienda Ronco Margherita's Ribolla Gialla
Color: pale straw yellow
Year of production: NS
Price: 7 euros
Annual production: NS
Denomination: DOC Friuli Venezia Giulia
Aging: inox steel + autoclave for 6 months + aging the bottle
Grapes:100% Ribolla Gialla
The combination that binds Ronco Margherita to his land comes from love. In this case, it is not only love for a territory, for the vine or for the opportunity to give such great value to work, but above all a love that binds two people, Alessandro, a good wine entrepreneur and Margherita, a girl with her own stubbornness that she met among the rows of her company.
In this wonderful Italian region that bears the name of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the vineyards form a panorama that makes all that vision that, as far as the eye can see, impact the hills that are the preview of those alps that together with the streams and their winds help to create a truly unique microclimate.
Here the local vines have always been valued, and Alessandro Bellio, wanted to ennoble them in the bottles that carry on their labels the symbol of his creed, his Margherita, a name and a flower that brings back the naturalness and respect for the territory, so much that the company will be certified organic as early as next year.
One of the wines produced by Ronco Margherita is Ribolla Gialla, both in the still and sparkling version, but on the latter we want to pay attention to the tasting of a product obtained from a long Charmat method (at least 6 months of aging on the yeasts) which allows a so fine and persistent perlage that when immersed in a bright yellow color brings to mind the best Italian sparkling wines made with this method. On the nose it is elegant, with floral notes typical of the vine, which are accompanied by nuances of fresh fruit, in the mouth it maintains this elegance, never intrusive and its bubbles wet the palate accompanied by an acidity that recalls the drink.
A wine that we recommend with a fried fish or a toast with anchovies. So let's toast to the love that has accompanied this wine on our tables.
Founded in 2009 by Alessandro Bellio and his partner Margherita, from whom the company is named, Ronco Margherita is located in Pinzano al Tagliamento, a little village in the hills of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
The particular position of the region by the Alpes and the Dolomites in the north and the Adriatic sea in the south, gives to this terroir the perfect conditions to produce wine of excellence.
Via XX Settembre, 106 A, 33094 Pinzano Al Tagliamento PN
+39 0432 950845
saturday 13 april
Italian wines in the world: Principe di Corleone's San Loé Metodo Classico
We have tasted for you Principe di Corleone's San Loé Metodo Classico
Year of production: 2016
Price: 12.00 euros
Annual production: 5,000 bottles
Denomination: V.S.Q. Quality Sparkling Wine
Aging: 18 months on the lees
Grapes: Nerello Mascalese
In the heart of eastern Sicily, the Nerello Mascalese, a red grape variety, native to the Mascali plain, is located in Contrada San Loé (San Lorenzo) a few kilometers from the city of Palermo, a unique habitat for climate and territory. The foresight of the Pollara family has led to the enhancement of this grape variety, creating an important Classic Method that would allow it to reach a wider and international audience. San Loé, contains all the tradition and the warmth of this island, a sip that speaks about the territory and the varied biodiversity of these places.
It is a Classic Method Brut dosage from pure Nerello Mascalese grapes, vinified as white. The grapes are harvested by hand and placed in boxes, followed by a soft pressing and subsequent fermentation at a controlled temperature. It will stand on its lees for at least 24 months, time needed to obtain complexity and pleasure. The glass has a white paper color, bright and with a fine and elegant perlage. The nose is yellow peach, lychee, citrus aromas and floral notes of jasmine. The mouth is creamy, citrine; the lime chases the bitter bitterness of bitter almond that closes with great freshness and a slight sapidity. Excellent with shrimp tempura and courgette flowers, we recommend a service temperature of 8 degrees.
Principe di Corleone was established by the Pollara family with the intention of telling a story through unique wines. It is located in Monreale, a few kilometers from Palermo and extends for 100 hectares north-west of Corleone. The hillside vineyards located between 350 and 550 meters high, enjoy a unique climate that allows a quality production. Native grapes and international varieties tell the uniqueness of a territory through unmistakable wines.
Principe di Corleone
C/da Malvello SP4 Bis km 2,00 Corleone, PA 90034 IT
sunday 07 april
Italian wines in the world: Cantina di Soave's "Riserva dei Cinque" Spumante Metodo Classico 120 months, Equipe5
We have tasted for you Cantina di Soave's "Riserva dei Cinque" Spumante Metodo Classico 120 months, Equipe5
Year of production: 2019
Annual production: Limited production
Denomination: VSQ Brut Reserve
Aging: Bottle 120 months
Grapes: 80% Pinot Nero, 20% Chardonnay
Writing about the sparkling history of the beautiful Italic country is always a way to go back to the pioneering origins of people who have dedicated to this type of production, a passion that is a mix of adventure, stimulation and ever more attentive research to those balances that are always born to interior of a vineyard and the result then in the glass wants to be the same blend of emotions, even though sought after by our pioneers, in many years of never perfect balance, never safe investments.
Among the sparkling wines that have made the history of this typology in Italy, there is certainly the Equipe 5, a classic method resulting from the competence and intuition of the time, 5 young winemakers, members of one of the most interesting winemaking adventures in our country: Leonello Letrari, Bepi Andreaus, Ferdinando Tonon, Pietro Tura and Riccardo Zanetti.
Since some years Equipe 5 is managed by Cantina di Soave, that continues in the project of valorization of this historic Italian bubbles.
A new important element is added to the history of this sparkling wine, the Equipe 5 “Riserva dei Cinque”, a fruit of long maturation on yeasts, 10 years of aging in bottle, for a wine obtained from a good percentage of Pinot Noir that, combined with Chardonnay, it enhances the two vines Principles of world sparkling wine.
Pouring this wine, the eye ends up in a yellow color that is still so brilliant, enhanced by very fine and very persistent bubbles that bring an intoxicating perfume of rare elegance into the air.
On the nose this sparkling wine brings out its long pause on the yeasts, with memories of ancient bread making of different grains and well harmonized, with fruit and flowers that are mixed in a perfume of the cellar tied to the experience. On the palate the effervescence balanced with acidity creates a harmony that arrives in the final aftertaste to ennoble together all the emotion of the tasting.
Recommended with dishes that have a good fat component because it amazes in cleanliness and enhances its rich and pleasantly persistent structure
Cantina di Soave: more than 120 years, a long history that has its roots in the earth and in the past. Thanks to the passion of the winemaking partners and to the experience of the team of oenologists and agronomists, the historic soavese winery has been able to combine the expertise acquired in over a century of history with the most modern technologies, to give life to a unique oenological style now known and appreciated all over the world.
Cantina di Soave
Viale della Vittoria, 100 Soave, VR 37038 IT
Tel. +39 045 613 9811
saturday 06 april
Italian wines in the world: Siddùra's Nudo rosé 2018
We have tasted for you Siddùra's Nudo rosé 2018
Year of production: 2018
Price: 20.50 euros
Annual production: 10,000 bottles
Aging: The whole grapes are pressed immediately after harvesting and then vinified in white. After a soft pressing, the must stop at low temperature for a few days in stainless steel tanks, before starting the 15-day fermentation.
Grapes: Cannonau di Sardegna rosé
Cantina Siddura is a winery a few kilometers from Costa Smeralda and has always sought a marriage with this part of Sardinia, a meeting that could witness the territorial charm and, at the same time, manage to communicate, even outside the beautiful island, the values and the potential that a young brand can express with the work carried out with the utmost respect for tradition. Cannonau, which remains the symbol of Sardinian red wines, lends itself to aging in wood but can also be tasted young, or naked, without its red skin, giving birth to a wine with a color that is a real petal of rose or - as lovers of food and wine would like to say, a shade reminiscent of onion peel. Nudo is the new Cannonau by Siddùra, an oenological project born in 2017, now in its second year. A product that cannot be considered modern due to the historicity of the grape variety, but it certainly is because of the great appeal that it also releases in accompanying Mediterranean dishes.
The nose is filled with aromas of fresh fruit with hints of acidity typical of plum jam and then evolves into the harmony that a bouquet of seasonal flowers can give, the taste impact is firm and full, well balanced by the flavor which is one of the characteristics of Cannonau. A wine that harmonizes a breadth of fresh and decisive aromas, warm and well structured. It is the finish, the aftertaste, which leaves an important trace for a never banal length in rose wines. Let's match it with an eggplant parmigiana and it will tell us all its truths.
Siddùra was born from the discovery made by two entrepreneurs who identified and fell in love with an abandoned but enchanting property in the heart of Gallura, collecting the legacy of an ancient wine production that in the fifties of the last century already bottled vermentino to sell on the nearby market . The company has made Sardinia a brand of purity, tradition, quality and innovation. Thirty hectares of vineyards that give life to a collection of nine wines: the vermentino of Gallura Spèra, Maìa and Bèru, the rosé cannonau Nudo, the cannonau, DOC and Riserva, Èrema and Fòla, the Cagnulari Bàcco, the international Tìros and the passito Nuali. The wines received over 350 medals.
localita' Siddura Luogosanto, SS 07020 IT
saturday 30 march
Italian wines in the world: Azienda Agricola Accordini Stefano's Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso DOC
We have tasted for you Azienda Agricola Accordini Stefano's Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso DOC
Year of production: 2016
Price: € 11.50
Annual production: 70,000 bottles
Aging: 12 months in french oak
Grapes: 60% Corvina Veronese, 15% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
This wine reveals a family story linked to a territory that has seen alternating fortunes over the centuries and that is the identity that binds this place to its people and their deep rooted sense of belonging.
Valpolicella is an area in the north-west of Verona, that has made peasant culture its strong point, diversifying the products that a territory so small but at the same time complex in terms of geographical conformation was able to offer, thus making the area itself a small rural world and it is the vine that has always accompanied this path. In Valpolicella the stories and the proverbs speak of Acinatico and the value of the grapes that ripened before giving life to wines that could express all their strength. We find this strength in this wine, Valpolicella Ripasso made by Accordini family, which recalls the Acinatico name on the label, to enhance its past tradition. This wine is made with the technique of ripening on the skins of Amarone that, added to the complexity deriving from the soils of "mountain", gives perfumes that anyone who visits this portion of Italy can find in the villages and taverns that welcome you with their specialties.
The intense ruby colour invites the nose to listen to the aromas that are typical of the drying on racks, with this ripe red fruit that is well harmonized with hints of plum and blueberry, never intrusive and very elegant. This brings to the palate the same olfactory emotions with an extraordinary ease of drinking and softness. Great for those who love the company of good meat and for those who are fascinated by peasant history.
The wine producer Stefano Accordini comes from a hold farming background, first as sharecroppers, then as owners and finally as wine producer. The Company is run by the Accordini family with the involvement of their wives and sons, each carrying their specific responsibilities. The historic vineyards of Bessole and Fornetto were planted by Stefano in the 70s and were joined in the year 2000 by the purchase of new land in the high Valpolicella Classico area, where we laid the foundation for a mountain viticulture, then building a new and efficient Cellar in 2010. The new vineyards are at Cavalo and Mazzurega, at an altitude of 550 meters, today represent for the Accordini family the recovery of a lost wine production with historic tastes of Valpolicella Classico, creating wines with flavours of the past, clearly recognizable and unique. The magnificent landscape, in which it is the company located, looks out in one direction over the Lessini mountain chain and in the other a terrace that overlooks the city of Verona. The customary welcome of the Accordini family, together the very pleasant tasting room create an indissoluble union between the wines and territory, which are to visit and discover.
Azienda Agricola Accordini Stefano
Loc. Camparol 10, Cavalo di Fumane, Verona. Fumane, VR 37022 IT
+39 045 776 0138
saturday 23 march
Italian wines in the world: Cantina Santa Maria La Palma's Ràfia
We have tasted for you Cantina Santa Maria La Palma's Ràfia Vermentino di Sardegna DOC
Color: straw yellow with golden shades
Year of production: 2017
Price: 15,70 euro
Annual production: 6.000 bottles
Denomination: Vermentino di Sardegna DOC
Aging: inox steel + fermentation in oak barrels + bâtonnage + aging in steel for one year
Grapes: 100% Vermentino di Sardegna DOC
Ràfia is a name that evokes a charm and a peasant and rural symbol, a real instrument that unites thanks to its strong fiber and, above all, builds or generates robust products with character. And the more it waves, the more it makes these bonds unique and powerful.
But ràfia is also a plant, with very long leaves touching the land, from where this shrub grows and joins with the land, almost creating an indissoluble bond with the environment that surrounds it.
Ràfia is the name that Cantina Santa Maria La Palma gave to a wine, thus linking a vine like Vermentino, with the history of the members that are part of this important cooperative of Sardinia.
The Vermentino Ràfia is therefore a strong human and territorial bond, which thanks to its passage in oak wood for a short period, to then refine in steel for at least a year, is presented to the eye with a straw yellow color that tends to golden shades. The sensation to the nose expresses the important selection in the plant because notes of bergamot and fresh fruit emerge, with scents reminiscent of the summer breeze that, coming from the sea, is filled with the aromas of the spontaneous aromatic plants that it finds in its passage with notes that suggest myrtle and wild rosemary.
The taste is well structured and with a body that makes it full and strong, never cloying but with a nice acidity and flavor that recalls drinking, a wine of great harmony and with that complexity that binds it pleasantly to its important personality.
The Vermentino Ràfia can be appreciated with structured dishes, but it can give important emotions while tasting the fragrance that comes from the sea in the evening.
It all began in 1946, in the Nurra area, which had been reclaimed and given to the farmworkers following the Agrarian Reform that was implemented in Sardinia in the immediate post-war period. The locals were blessed with skilled, courageous hands that had the capacity to capture the soul of a part of the island that seems to have been designed for winemaking. And so, in 1959, one hundred of them decided to enter into a co-operative and to found the Cantina Santa Maria la Palma (Santa Maria la Palma Winery).
Today, past and future are being combined seamlessly through the new technologies deployed in every project put together by the Winery, which can leverage a tradition that has always married innovation to love for the local soil.
700 hectares of land on the estate are under vine, giving rise to a wealth of highly nuanced Sardinian wines, all made with the same passion and dedication as always, while also taking advantage of everything that state-of-the-art technology has to offer.
Cantina Santa Maria la Palma
Loc. Santa Maria La Palma Cantina Alghero, SS 07041 IT
+39 079 999008
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We have tasted for you Cantina Santa Maria La Palma's Cannonau di Sardegna DOC Riserva 2015
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