I had this interesting chat with a fellow wine worker person type who just so happens to be Italian, from Piedmont, imports wines of Italy and has pretty strong opinions on the topic. He isn't convinced at all by Australian nebbiolo, but I recalled to him how this Pannell 2008 nebbiolo was slid into a [...]
…times. Now all that remains is a palimpsest-like reminder of an era and a leader who almost destroyed Italy. "Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Staying at a winery agritourismo near Udine, yesterday we tasted almost 50 Pinot Grigio wines, from the Veneto, Friuli and Alto Adige. Why, one might ask? Where are those famous vertical tastings of great Baroli? Those would be easier found back in America. Italy is still open for business and we must feed the hungry …
Of course, the AVA system is based on the models used in France, Italy, Spain, Germany and elsewhere in the traditional wine-growing regions of Europe. But unlike Old World appellations, American AVA's are not restricted to specific grapes. It may not be traditional to grow Tempranillo in Napa or Cabernet in Santa Maria, but you're welcome to do so. The AVA just specifies where the grapes are grown, and it's up to you to make your case for the quality of …
pineapple and apple skin along with some lime zest
and vanilla backing
(*** 1/2+) Alpha Zeta 2010 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso ($24.00) - Italy
cocoa, cherry and blackberry
(****) Empordalia Verdera Negre 2011 ($13.50) - Spain
nice fruit with cherry and blackberry tones
nice length to the finish and great value
…, . lead a tasting and seminar of the wines of Italy's most northern region.
It was an interesting seminar ... the focus was on the multitude of varieties grown and unique microclimates within the region.
I was in the focus was on the sparkling wines of the region. Today it was on the dry whites and the reds. a few months back ...
Geoff Kruth who is a key person at the Guild of Sommeliers was an energetic and engaging …
…Fattoria Casabianca 2009 Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva - $ 19.95 ( Italy)
great value in a delicious Chianti
think not Alsace, this one is dry and mineral driven
nice grapefruit and mineral character
NZ Pinot Grises are coming on strong and this is no exception …
…wine to share. We called out to him as we drove by; stopped to see him. His eyes weren't as sad. Thehelped. Not being alone did even more. Fabrizio was counting down the days. 709 days to go.
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Regular Retail Price: $ 38.00
Region: Italy: Piedmont
Volume: 750 ml
Alcohol %: 13.5
…Gigante Adriano 2010. . Italy. Pale copper. Served very cold, so not much initially on the nose. Later - (cheese), citrus, wax and lavender. Expressive and clean, gripping and slightly twisted, a suggestion of nuttiness and maybe an opening note of oxidation.
#2. Again sealed with stelvin. Somewhat nonspecific to smell, it's firm and flamboyant with tea leaf tannins and a workman like handshake.e Olena Cepparello 2007 .
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