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Verily, verdicchio, vernaccia and vermentino are the “veni, vidi, vici” of Italian white wine grapes, the Italian Vs of wine. (I could add the grapes verduzzo, verdiso and vespaiolo, but you rarely see them, in this country, as wines.) Verdicchio is also known as trebbiano di Soave and called such when grown in the north of… read more

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How It Feels To Get Drunk On ‘Hangover-Free’ Red Wine

April 7, 2015 1:43 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

In my line of work there are a few perks, and testing out a wine that reduces the dreaded “red-wine headache” is surely one of them. Although I would not go as far to say that Veglio Michelino & Figlio’s low-histamine wine is absolutely hangover-resistant, it did certainly make for a better drinking experience. What Are… read more

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A Trip Report to Sicily

January 17, 2014 2:47 pm - Posted by Jody in Travel
A warm Welcome. I hope you enjoy this Edition with Photos, Information, Impressions and Tips on Sicily, Italy 2013.This is a Travel Report! (via http://www.niusvius.com)

Photos, Information, Impressions and Tips on Sicily, Italy 2013.This is a Travel Report! Dec 12 2013 by admin | 0 Comments Geography/History Sicily is located in the central Mediterranean. It extends from the tip of the Apennine peninsula, from which…

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Ahh we just LOVE Italy

October 18, 2013 9:31 am - Posted by Jody in Drink
Cliff vines and sea cellars: Italy wine region clings on (via AFP)

From the vineyards clinging to seaside cliffs to a unique cellar of bubbly wine stored on the seabed, the off the beaten track wine region of Liguria in northern Italy offers an array of spectacular sights. But as he plucked grapes from his terraced…


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Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2007Tuscany, Italy

WINE NOTES:

Fonterutoli’s Castello is the reward for years of research into the biotypes of Sangiovese found throughout their estate. Blended from 50 separate parcels of vines aged 10-26 years, on a mix of Galestro and Albarese soils. The wine is aged in French barrique (60% new) for 16 months. A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

PRESS:

92 Points — Wine Advocate

The 2007 Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli blossoms on the palate with dark red cherries, flowers, spices and subtle French oak. Darker smoke, tar and licorice nuances develop in the glass, adding notable richness. A juicy, round finish caps off this magnificent wine from Fonterutoli. In fact, this is one of the most refined vintages of the Castello I can remember tasting. As with so many Tuscan reds in 2007, the wine is delicious today, but will acquire further complexity if cellared. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.

Oct 2010

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Wine Of The Week – Argiano Solengo, IGT Rosso Toscana 2007

January 20, 2012 1:11 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

SolengoTuscany, Italy

92 Points, Wine Advocate

The 2007 Solengo is sleek and refined in its blackberries, blueberries, grilled herbs, spices and graphite. The wine reveals gorgeous length and fine balance in a relatively accessible, mid-weight style for this bottling. The 2007 doesn’t appear to have the structure of the 2006 and it should be enjoyed over the next decade, give or take. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019. (#188, April 2010)

92 Points, Wine Spectator

Full and velvety, with so much cassis and sweet tobacco on the nose and palate. A little hard on the long finish. But should open with bottle age. To be released spring 2011. Best after 2012. 750 cases made. -JS (Oct 31st 2010)


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Illuminati “Riparosso” Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2009

September 15, 2011 10:00 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

Abruzzo, Italy

Produced from 100% Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Illuminati’s Riparosso spends 4 months in large Slavonian oak.  Showing plump dark fruit both on the nose and palate, this wine finishes both racy and round.

This has always been one of our top values, and is a perennial favourite around our office.

And, with a recent silver at the Decanter World Wine Awards, it’s an incredible value not to be missed!

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Wine Of The Week – Tenuta Belguardo 2005

August 31, 2011 10:26 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

TenutaIGT Maremma Toscana, Italy

PRESS:

92 Points, Wine Spectator
This is deep red in color, with rich, ripe fruit and smoky, toasty oak. Full-bodied, with supervelvety tannins and a long, rich finish. Balanced. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2011. 2,080 cases made. (Oct 15th 2008).

91 Points — Wine Advocate
The Cabernet-based 2005 Belguardo is a supple, layered wine with terrific energy. Dark cherries, toasted oak, mint and crushed flowers emerge as this outstanding wine reveals its elegant personality. There is quite a bit of upside here, but the wine requires another year or two to absorb its oak. This is another great example of a successful 2005 from Maremma. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. (June 2008)

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Have a Spring Fling With Verdicchio

April 20, 2011 2:13 pm - Posted by Countess Rose Perry in Drink

Those who are familiar with Verdicchio may [incorrectly] believe that it’s bitter/grassy notes equate to it being a poor quality wine. In actuality, the crispness, acidity and herbal notes coursing through the vines of this grape is perfectly matched with sultry spring days and sensual summer nights.

The home of Verdicchio is in Central Italy, The Marches. It is the principal grape behind two DOC wines produced in the Italian provinces of Ancona and Macerata and is used for both still and sparkling wines. Verdicchio is also the primary grape in a very sweet wine called straw wine [it’s similar to ice wine].

Even the location it comes from is reminiscent of warm weather, creativity, seduction and delight. This region boasts more than 200 museums, picture galleries and nude art collections. Some of the greatest works of Italy and of the world are found right there amongst the vines and grapes of Verdicchio. In addition to being wonderful winemakers and artists, the Italian people of Central and Southern Italy are well known for their for their passion, sensuality and warm, welcoming, loving hearts. It only makes sense they would make a wine that pairs so well with the warmth of the sun on a love filled spring day and the warmth of a passion filled evening.

I favor Gioacchino Garfoli Macrina for my Verdicchio fix. In the glass it looks like a bright ray of sunshine with a tint of greenish hue. The aroma is intoxicating itself, with a blending of thyme, rosemary and lemon peel. The nose prepares you for the pleasantly bitter taste of grassy notes, pineapple, Meyer lemon and Persian lime. The body on this Verdicchio is much fuller than you would expect, with a long, lingering feel of mineral on your tongue. It’s refreshingly acidic and smoothly soothing in an almost oxymoronic way. Rather you are a Verdicchio virgin who likes Sauvignon Blanc or haven’t had Verdicchio from this producer, I implore you to have a spring fling with this one. Drink alone, with friends or with your lover-Verdicchio will leave you titillated and ready to sip yourself seductively into Spring.

Written by Countess Rose Perry

Certified Sommelier, WSET, CM

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DRINK IT! DONT JUST EAT IT!

March 29, 2011 9:45 am - Posted by Countess Rose Perry in Drink

What comes to mind when you hear “Marsala”? I’d bet my 401k you thought of something you eat, not drink. Your mouth waters when you hear Marsala because you associate it with some delicious Italian recipe that includes this Sicilian nectar.  When I hear it however, I immediately think of my grandfather, sipping a unique wine while eating hazelnut gelato. Or, I think of the many dinner parties I hosted and attended years ago where we would sip it as an aperitif.

Out of the 3 types/styles of Marsala, Amber (Ambra), Gold (Oro), and Ruby (Rubino), some can be syrupy sweet, as you may be accustomed to. It also comes dry as a bone. I want to focus on the often-overlooked high quality Marsala, instead of the stuff you cook with. I’ll lay a foundation for you, but it’s up to you to have fun building upon it and discovering Marsala on your own. Think of this as my Twitter-like 140 (give or take) Marsala class.

Marsala comes from the region of Marsala on the western bank of Sicily and made from various grapes like the red, Nero d’ Avola and the green, Inzolia. In the late 1700s, Englishman John Woodhouse came to Marsala, becoming enamored with regional wine. He shipped some back home and… here’s where the history gets a little fuzzy. Depending on who you talk to – Sicilians, Brits, Romans – they all have a slightly different spin. Since I’m part Sicilian, I’m biased toward the Sicilian version. That’s the one you’re going to get. read more

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