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saturday 11 november

Italian Wines in the world: Raboso Piave DOC 2015

We tasted for you Cecchetto’s Raboso Piave DOC 2015


Italian Wines in the world: Raboso Piave DOC 2015
Raboso Piave Doc 2015

Wine: Red
Year: 2015
Price: 9.50 €
Annual Production: 12.800 bottles
Designation: Piave DOC
Aging: 60% in barriques and the remaining in slavonian oak barrels of 30hl for minimum 12 months
Grapes: Raboso Piave 100%

There are wines that are strongly tied to some producers who, first or before others, have realized their extraordinary potentials and have had the courage, the foresight and the ability to give them out.
An excelent example in this direction is represented by Raboso who has found in the company Cecchetto di Tezze di Piave (Treviso) not only an excellent interpreter but also a sort of wine ambassador all over the world.
In the mid-1980s Giorgio Cecchetto, picked up the witness from his father and began to make clear what wine could be obtained from a vine, defined “poor”. Giorgio has been able to give concrete evidence of this wine's potential, which has found an ideal habitat in the valley of Treviso, crossed by Piave river.
And year after year, Cecchetto’s Raboso del Piave wine demonstrates to be exuberant, powerful but at the same time, thanks to Giorgio's hand, also of unexpected elegance.
We liked the 2015 vintage with its explosion of red fruits, especially marasca, but also berries such as blackberry and currant. Spicy notes of cloves and tobacco are also evident. In the mouth you can taste the power, the tannic structure, but always “controlled” by a careful wood refinement (60% in barriques and the remaining in Slavonian oak barrels of 30 hl for minimum12 months). Extraordinary persistence and drinkability are the best features of this Raboso.
We paired it with a simple but tasty beef stew with baked potatoes and it was a superb match.

CECCHETTO'S WINERY

Giorgio Cecchetto was born and raised in a family of farmers with long experience in vine growing in the Piave area where the Piave Raboso variety has been grown for over 500 years, at short distance from the renowned Conegliano oenological school: these factors have marked his life. He started to grow vines and make wine following his father’s example, but in 1986 he felt he needed to move away from that track and had to face a new challenge. The family business had to grow bigger, and Giorgio wanted Raboso, a wine that is a landmark in his region, to be known and appreciated outside the boundaries of its area of origin. Such important legacy must be protected and handed over undamaged to future generations, and such awareness urges him to respect the soil, water and plants of this land through the careful use of pruning techniques and low-input treatments.

AZIENDA VINICOLA CECCHETTO
Via Piave, 67 - Tezze di Piave (TV) Tezze di Piave,
TV 31028 IT
+39 0438 28598
info@rabosopiave.com
Italian Wines in the world: Raboso Piave DOC 2015


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saturday 21 october

Italian Wines in The World: “Anthium” Igt 2016

We tasted for you Casale del Giglio's “Anthium” Bellone Lazio igt 2016


Italian Wines in The World: “Anthium” Igt 2016

“Anthium” Bellone Lazio IGT 2016

Wine: white
Year: 2016
Price: 10,50 € (VAT included)
Annual Production: 15.000 bottles
Designation: I.G.T. Lazio
Aging: Steel
Grapes: 100% Bellone

We have known Casale del Giglio for a long time, one of the most representative wineries of Lazio region, which is still too little known, unfortunately, for its oenological vocation.
It was the first time we tasted their "Anthium" and we have to admit that we loved it. It raised our awareness about an autochthonous grape like Bellone (an ancient Lazio variety, already known during Roman era and quoted by Plinio), which we knew a little about and literally made us fall in love.
A completely compelling wine, for its tropical fruits notes (mango, passion fruit), but also for its distinctive citrus and floral hints (orange blossoms) and a pleasing note of elder. In the mouth the pleasure is even more evident thanks to a mixture between perfect harmony, a surprising abundance and an ideal balance between sapidity, minerality and more, at the end of the sip, the fruity notes that recur.
We paired it with a dish of delicious pumpkin ravioli and we hit the jackpot.

CASALE DEL GIGLIO WINERY

Casale del Giglio is a winery located in the Agro Pontino valley, around 30 miles south of Rome. Unlike other parts of the Latium region, or other regions of Italy, this territory was still uncharted in viticultural terms when Berardino Santarelli and his son Antonio launched their research project in 1985. To date, Casale del Giglio has converted its 200 hectares selecting those grape varieties which have proved to interact best with the territory and produce the best quality wines.
Casale del Giglio currently offers a range of twenty products - seven white wines, one rosé, seven reds, one passito, three grappas and an extra virgin olive oil.

CASALE DEL GIGLIO 
Strada Cisterna-Nettuno Km 13
04100 Le Ferriere (LT)
Tel: +39 06/92902530
Email: export@casaledelgiglio.it; info@casaledelgiglio.it
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saturday 14 october

Italian Wines in The World: Prosecco DOC “Mini Prosecco” 2016

We tasted for you Anna Spinato Winery's Prosecco DOC “Mini Prosecco” 2016.


Italian Wines in The World: Prosecco DOC “Mini Prosecco” 2016

Mini Prosecco


Prosecco DOC “Mini Prosecco” 2016

Wine: Sparkling white
Year: 2016
Price: 2,50 € (VAT included)
Annual Production: 93.000 bottles
Designation: DOC Prosecco
Aging: No
Grapes: 100% Glera

We have written it in other occasions, we are convinced fans of Anna Spinato, a company which combines high-quality productions with courage and innovation also on the packaging side.
A further example (in this direction) is in their “Mini Prosecco”, a 100% Glera Prosecco enclosed in a 187/200ml bottle, enveloped by a white sleeve with the stylized design of the 70s figures dressed up in a cloud of bubbles. A strongly innovative image and, for some aspects, revolutionary that is well suited to the message, to the Prosecco's icon, especially on the Internation Market.
But also the 187/200 ml content makes it very easy to consume our popular bubble, becoming more and more trendy and adaptable to the most varied contexts (from the diner to the wine bar).
But this does not have to be deceived, it's a Prosecco that has definitely passed the tasting exam giving us the typical Glera features, a nice nose of yellow fruit, peach and apricot first, a pleasing freshness in the mouth and nothing sickening.
We enjoyed it with a delicious aperitif of tuna carpaccio and the "Mini Prosecco" was well maintained by the royal marine wedding.

ANNA SPINATO WINERY

Anna Spinato is a winery situated in the Veneto region, in the North-East of Italy and has its headquarters in Ponte di Piave, which is only 40 km away from the romantic city of Venice. It is in this area, with its soil particularly suitable for the cultivation of vines, that the company was born.
It was back in 1952 when the enological potentialities of this land touched by the water of the river Piave took shape in the form of Spinato’s wines. A thrilling and grounded start thanks to the charismatic figure of Pietro, Anna’s father. In 2002, driven by the love for her land and following her father’s precious teaching, Anna became the leading figure of the company with her same name. Undertaking this journey in the world of wine and carrying on her family’s tradition, she has managed to give every single bottle all the best features of the land and she has worked hard in order to make her quality wines well known and appreciated even abroad.
Today, she is supported by her son Roberto, who is in charge of supervising the production line through the collaboration with professional figures such as technicians and winemaker. Together, they have been pushing the company towards new future ideas but by always keeping an eye on tradition.

AZIENDA VINICOLA ANNA SPINATO
 
Via Roma 106
31047 | Ponte di Piave (TV), Italia
Tel. +39 0422 857927

Italian Wines in The World: Prosecco DOC “Mini Prosecco” 2016

Anna Spinato and her son Roberto




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saturday 30 september

Italian Wines in the World: Quattro Canti Syrah - Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOP 2014

We tasted for you Principe di Corleone's Quattro Canti Syrah - Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOP 2014


Italian Wines in the World:  Quattro Canti Syrah - Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOP 2014
Quattro Canti Syrah - Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOP 2014
Wine: red


Year: 2014

Price: 9,00 € (VAT included)

Annual Production: 5,200 bottles

Designation: DOP

Aging: in French oak barriques

Grapes: Syrah (50%) - Nero d’Avola (50%)


We have long been following this Sicilian company, The Principe di Corleone, of the Pollara family, and we appreciate the constant dedication and passion. A brand that already by itself expresses 'sicilianity' in an extraordinary way. This “sicilianity” we can find in their excellent blend (50 and 50%) of Syrah and Nero d'Avola 'Quattro Canti' (this is the name of the exclusive line dedicated to the horeca channel), a year, 2014, that testifying how this period was negative almost everywhere in Italy except for Sicily. It expresses immediately an excellent vitality to the nose with evident notes of berries, blackberry and raspberry, but also of elegant violet and in the end balsamic notes of mint and cloves. In the mouth you can notice the full structure but with silky tannins and in the aftertaste you will find nice notes of red fruit.
We combined it with exquisite Mexican tacos, well savory and spicy and we made a very excellent impression.

Principe di Corleone

In 1892 Giuseppe Pollara began cultivating the vineyards which today, continue to provide top quality grapes for Principe di Corleone wines. From generation to generation, the Pollara family has transformed the original small family business into the thriving winery that it is today, with passion, talent and hard work. Vincenzo and Lea Pollara, the executing managers of the family business, strongly believe that the quality of wine begins in the vineyards.
Therefore, their priorities are a continuing dedication to the maintenance of their grapevines, the ongoing development of their winery, and a research plan that envelops all aspects of the wine making process.

Principe di Corleone 

Contrada Malvello
90046 | Monreale (PA)
Ph: +39.0918462922 - +39.0918463512
info@principedicorleone.it

Italian Wines in the World:  Quattro Canti Syrah - Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOP 2014


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saturday 16 september

Italian Wines in the World: Scriani's Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc 2015

We tasted for you Scriani's Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc 2015


Italian Wines in the World: Scriani's Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc 2015
Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc 2015 
Wine: red

Year: 2015

Price: 8,00 € (VAT included)

Annual Production: 20.000/25.000 bottles

Designation: DOC

Aging: aging in oak barrels of 26 hl for about 12 months, followed by 3 months in bottle
Grapes: corvina 60%, corvinone 20%, rondinella 10%, croatina 7%, oseleta 3%.


We are in the heart of Valpolicella Classica, in the hills of Fumane, and this Valpolicella Classica superiore of Scriani expresses the 'typical characteristic' of this terroir. For us, respecting the authentic 'typical characteristic' of Valpolicella Classica means guaranteeing wines that combine great drinkability with excellent elegance. A typical characteristic of Scriani style is represented by sharp scents of red fruits and pleasant spicy and balsamic notes. Great wood aging for this wine: it is almost impossible to perceive it except in the slight round tannins. In the mouth it is enveloping, silky, and it shows that it is not always necessary to dry the grapes to ensure an elegant softness.
We have combined it with excellent Abruzzo roasted lamb skewers and the contamination between Italian regions' savors was great.

CANTINA SCRIANI
The Scriani’s wine cellar, with its 28 hectares of vineyards, is a small jewel of classic Valpolicella’s heart, a corner of land in which the nature present extraordinary products of high quality.
The Cottini is a family with an old tradition of wines producers built in time on the passion and the farmers’ culture handed down generation after generation. ‘Mandolari’,’Bosco’,’Carpanè’,’Tondin’, ‘la Costa’, ‘Ronchiel’ are vineyards in which grows vines of 9 till 52 years old, raised with Pergola system, simple and double, with a density of 3.300 vines per hectare. The wines are the result of a selection in which body, perfume and taste are perfectly combined with particulars shades derived by the grapes variety: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara and others more.
The produced wines are: Valpolicella Superiore doc Ripasso, Corvina igt 'Carpanè', Valpolicella doc Superiore , Valpolicella doc and the diamond, Amarone. Awards and reviews obtained during the most important wines events are the confirmation of the seriousness and hard work of Scriani Cellar and the importance of this brand in the Italians wines reality.
The cellar, also, welcome in his wonderful barriques room visitors and organize tasting by appointment.


Via Ponte Scrivan, 7
37022 | Fumane (VR)
T: +39 045 6839251
M: info@scriani.it

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friday 25 august

Italian Wines in the World: Tenuta Sant’Antonio’s Télos Il Bianco 2016

We tasted for you Télos Il Bianco 2016, Tenuta Sant’Antonio’s white wine without added sulphates


Italian Wines in the World: Tenuta Sant’Antonio’s Télos Il Bianco 2016


Télos “Il Bianco” 2016
Wine: white
Year: 2016

Price: 16,00 € (VAT included)

Annual Production: 50.000 bottles

Designation: IGT

Aging: inox
Grapes: Garganega 80% - Chardonnay 20%.

We have followed Tenuta Sant’Antonio’s Télos "non-sulphite" line since its origin (in 2010) and each time we taste it we remain fascinated and astonished at the same time. These are wines of amazing identity and vitality and they deny with facts all the fears associated with the difficulty of producing good wines without the addition of sulfur dioxide. Tenuta Sant’Antonio is, in our opinion, a reference winery in Italy for this type of wine-making thanks to huge investments in research and a real "revolution" both in the vineyard and in the cellar.
We tasted Télos "Il Bianco" 2016, a blend of Garganega (80%) and Chardonnay (20%) and we really liked it.
It is a very atypical white, with a “red wine" structure, but also freshness and sapidity of an extraordinary white. Medicinal herbs like mint and sage, but also citrus (cedar) and almond final notes, came to our nose. In the mouth it is enveloping, velvety, but never heavy thanks to a sapid acidity that makes it infinitely drinkable.
We paired it with an excellent Thai style chicken curry on a warm summer evening and wanted to have many more bottles.

Télos - The project
The project was conceived because Tenuta Sant’Antonio wanted to provide consumers with a healthier and more natural wine which had the same high quality standards of the estate’s current products. This wine without added sulphates is the end result of deep background knowledge of the Valpolicella and Soave areas and has all the qualities that make a fine wine, with just one addition: purity.
The other wines of the line are Télos Il Rosso (red) and Télos Amarone.
www.so2freewine.com/it/home

TENUTA SANT’ANTONIO
Armando, Tiziano, Paolo and Massimo Castagnedi: four brothers and a single passion that originated among their father’s vineyards at San Zeno di Colognola ai Colli, in Valpolicella where the most famous Veronese wines are made: Amarone, Valpolicella, Soave.

Via Ceriani, 23 località San Zeno 37030 Colognola ai Colli (VR) - ITALY
www.tenutasantantonio.it - info@tenutasantantonio.it 



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sabato 05 agosto

Italian Wines in the World: Paternoster’s Vulcanico, Basilicata IGT Falanghina 2016

We tasted for you Paternoster winery’s Vulcanico, Basilicata IGT Falanghina 2016


Italian Wines in the World: Paternoster’s Vulcanico, Basilicata IGT Falanghina 2016
Vulcanico, Basilicata IGT Falanghina 2016
Wine: white
Year: 2016

Price: 13,50 € (VAT included)

Annual Production: 10.000 bottles

Designation: IGT

Aging: Maturation for about 5 months in stainless steel tanks in contact with its lee
Grapes: 100% Falanghina

This light straw yellow wine affected us for its intense and persistent perfume with sensations of delicate white flowers and fruitfruity blossoms of apricot. Impetuous sweet mustard enlivens an olfactory frame enriched by a pleasing mineral note. This wine, warm and enveloping in the mouth, comes from a sunny region in the south of Italy, Basilicata. Freshness and a savory taste give it the right tonicity.
We chose to pair it with spaghetti and clams.

Lorena Lancia



PATERNOSTER 
Since 1925 Paternoster, one of the most important wineries in Basilicata, has told the story of the excellence in winemaking production, together with the Tommasi family expertise. The result is a range of elegant wines with a strong and authentic character, from over 90 harvests.
Paternoster winery is located in Barile since 1925, in the heart of Basilicata, a generous yet secret region in the south of Italy, with unique soil and climatic conditions. The result is a selection of fine wines with a strong and authentic soul.
The estate extends over 20 hectares divided into several crus, very old vineyards where excellent wines are produced. All vineyards are cultivated on a natural terrace overlooking the Mount Vulture, an extinct volcano that marks the borders of a generous yet misterious land, that preserves the unique and native character of the vineyards.




Paternoster Winery
Contrada Valle del Titolo
Barile 85022 | Potenza
T: +39 0972 770224
F: +39 0972 770658
info@paternostervini.it
www.paternostervini.it





Lorena Lancia (best sommelier FISAR 2016)

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sabato 29 luglio

Italian Wines in the World: Paolo Leo’s Dorso Rosso, Puglia IGT Negroamaro 2013

We tasted for you Paolo Leo’s Dorso Rosso, Puglia IGT Negroamaro 2013


Italian Wines in the World: Paolo Leo’s Dorso Rosso, Puglia IGT Negroamaro 2013
Dorso Rosso, Puglia IGT Negroamaro 2013

Wine: red

Year: 2013

Price: 55,00 € (VAT included) 

Annual production: 4.830 bottles

Designation: IGT
Aging: 3 months in stainless steel tanks, 18 months in tonneaux of French and American oak and 3 months in bottle

Grapes: 100% Negroamaro

We are in front of a deep ruby ​​red wine, accompanied by purple reflections. 
The intense and intriguing nose is a thick texture of fruity notes, like cherry under spirits and dehydrated plum, gently warmed and animated by spicy perceptions of green pepper, nutmeg and cloves. Hints of skin and delicate roasting contribute to enriching the complexity of this bouquet to which the beautiful balsamic note gives momentum.
The drink is easy and elegant; this wine has a good freshness and tannins determine the need for a gastronomic combination. We paired it with a damp lamb but we could not resist to try it with seasoned caciocavallo cheese.



Lorena Lancia



CANTINE PAOLO LEO
The qualitative growth of the wine industry is mainly attributed to the growing commitment of wine  producers who became aware of the generosity of their territory. They have made important choices for the development of the grapes and indigenous cultivars.
The history of the Leo family has always been characterized by their love and passion for vines and wines, since the early '900. In those years, the company's founder, the grandfather and namesake of the last heir Paolo Leo, began making wine from grapes picked in “Palmento”, the old underground tanks he used before, were now restored and used as a cellar for storing and ageing wine.
The new company headquarters, founded in 1989, occupies a total area of ​​about 15,000 square meters. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art vinification system. It has a barrel room of 400 square meters containing 500 oak barrels with a capacity of  225 liters. However, these modern winemaking technologies were used in harmony with ancient tradition of which the Leo family has always respected.
Their mission remains unchangeable; to offer consumers wines that mirror the smell, flavors and the character of Puglia. To guarantee high-quality products and highly-rated services by customers and consumers, the company introduced a certification and traceability system. The system was a must, to document the entire winemaking process starting from picking vines till grape transformation and processing.



Cantine Paolo Leo SRL
Via Tuturano, 21
72025 San Donaci (BR) ��" Italia
(+39) 0831 635 073
 
info@paololeo.it
www.paololeo.it

Lorena Lancia (miglior sommelier FISAR 2016)

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saturday 15 july

Italian Wines in the World: Tommasi's Le Fornaci, Lugana DOC 2016

We tasted for you Tommasi's Lugana Doc 2016 Le Fornaci


Italian Wines in the World: Tommasi's Le Fornaci, Lugana DOC 2016
Le Fornaci, Lugana DOC 2016, Tommasi

Wine: white

Year: 2016
Price: 12 € (VAT included) 
Annual production: 35,000 bottles
Designation: DOC
Aging: 5 months in stainless steel tanks
Grapes: 100% Turbiana

In this light straw-yellow wine the unmistakable tropical flavors of passion fruit accompanied by Kaiser pear and Golden apple emerge; moreover, floral notes of jasmine and helichrysum corroborate the nose and stimulate to drink it.
Taste perceptions are characterized by an immediate softness, enlivened by a clear freshness of the sip.
We paired it with a delicate cream of zucchini soup.

TOMMASI 
The Tommasi family has been involved in the production of wine for over 100 years, ever since, in 1902, Giacomo Battista Tommasi bought a little vineyard in Valpolicella Classica. During this entire period, through four generations, the family has always directly managed this activity with innovative decisions, while maintaining the fundamental respect, understanding and love for tradition and for the territory unaltered.
Attention for changes, respect for the environment and quality of the product have been the three driving principles leading the Tommasi family to become a leader in Italian wines. Tommasi means the strength of the Family.


via Ronchetto, 4
37029 Pedemonte - Verona
T. +39 045 7701266
@ wine@tommasi.com

www.tommasi.com
Italian Wines in the World: Tommasi's Le Fornaci, Lugana DOC 2016

Tommasi family


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saturday 01 july

Italian Wines in the World: Rosa Bruna, Brut 2011 Quality Sparkling Wine

We tasted for you Cecchetto's Rosa Bruna, Brut 2011 Quality Sparkling Wine


Italian Wines in the World: Rosa Bruna, Brut 2011 Quality Sparkling Wine
Rosa Bruna, Brut 2011 Quality Sparkling Wine

Wine: sparkling rosè
Year: 2011
Price: 12,00 Euro
Annual production: 3.000 bottles
Aging: 12 hours maceration, aging in bottle.
Grapes: Raboso Piave 100%

It has a lobster-colored robe this Raboso del Piave that expressed itself with sweet tenderness fruity tones of strawberry, Sanguinella orange and pomegranate made more vivacious by the floral presence of rose petals.
The fruity start anticipates the intriguing freshness accompanied by mineral hints and finds the same notes sensations perceived by the olfactory organ.
We wanted to taste it with salmon fillets canapé.

Lorena Lancia 

Az. Agr. CECCHETTO GIORGIO
Giorgio Cecchetto was born and raised in a family of farmers with long experience in vine growing in the Piave area where the Piave Raboso variety has been grown for over 500 years, at short distance from the renowned Conegliano oenological school: these factors have marked his life. He started to grow vines and make wine following his father’s example, but in 1986 he felt he needed to move away from that track and had to face a new challenge. The family business had to grow bigger, and Giorgio wanted Raboso, a wine that is a landmark in his region, to be known and appreciated outside the boundaries of its area of origin. Such important legacy must be protected and handed over undamaged to future generations, and such awareness urges him to respect the soil, water and plants of this land through the careful use of pruning techniques and low-input treatments.



AG. AGR. CECCHETTO GIORGIO 
VIA PIAVE 67, TEZZE DI PIAVE (TV)
info@rabosopiave.com
Lorena Lancia

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