At the HK Wine Fair last month, I began a new series of wine courses that I call "Taste For Pleasure". Here, the focus is obviously on pleasure, but I want to tell stories about the wines so that participants can relate to the emotions of the winemakers, the beauty of his region and the traditions and culture that invariably influence the final style and quality of the wine.
At the Hong Kong Wine Fair earlier in November, we presented a series of 15 tastings on the beautiful wines of #Italy. During 3 masterclasses held each day of the fair, we discovered 18 wonderful wines of Franciacorta.
I am not shy to admit that, until last April, my love affair with Nebbiolo, the grape responsible for the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco, was not on solid grounds. But, a meeting with ArPePe's Isabella Pelizzatti Perego at Vinitaly in Verona changed that forever...
A work in progress, these are notes gathered during my study of the excellent & award winning book by Ian D'Agata on Native Grapes of Italy (http://amzn.to/1QKvmrC). As well, I used the thorough website of the Italian National Registry (http://bit.ly/1Q7IqE7) for photos & other information.
Il 24 Settembre 1716 Cosimo III de' Medici con il bando "sopra la dichiarazione de' confini delle quattro regioni Chianti, Pomino, Carmignano, e Vald'Arno di Sopra" definiva i confini di alcuni territori particolarmente adatti alla produzione di Vini di Qualità. Con questo bando veniva a crearsi quell'area in cui nasceva il Chianti oggi meglio conosciuta come Chianti Classico. Il 15 e 16 Febbraio 2016 nella prestigiosa cornice della Stazione Leopolda di Firenze si sono festeggiati i 300 anni del "Primo territorio di Vino" all'interno della manifestazione "Chianti Classico Collection".
Here is what i call “comfort wine”, beautifully paired w/ a rack of lamb this evening… Exactly at the moment when I like my wines aged, velvety but still firm, still fruity but mellowed w/ a touch of leather, game, & tobacco. Caressing texture w/ a bit of grip. Lip-smacking finish… Impossible to resist another glass…
A visit at Ca' del Bosco was the cherry on top. But the core of the visit was a fabulous tasting of 18 different sparkling wines made in the traditional method from this wonderful region of Northern Italy.
I am so bored of bloggers who, when writing about wine, especially about Italian wine, always take the moral high ground from their pedestal and use controversy in order to push for their own agenda and attract attention to themselves. Here is an opinion piece by Jeremy Parzen that is distorted and misrepresentative.
Leonardo Mustilli of the high quality Cantine Mustilli was the 1st to bottle a monovarietal Falanghina wine... His best is "Vigna Segreta"...
Falanghina is a very ancient grape that was probably brought by the greeks in the olden days. Some say its name come from the latin "phalanga", the word to describe wooden poles the greeks used for wine training. It almost came to extinction in Campania until Leonardo Mustilli decided in 1979 to seriously consider how to make fine wines out of the grape. Since, several producers have caught on and planted the grapes in various terroir around the region producing some very interesting and rewarding whites.
Many questions of the MW (now) paper 4 on business are focused on topics along the lines of: "what can be done to revitalize this or that segment of the wine industry". As the wine industry is sooo conservative, surely, one of the key answer must be: INNOVATE.
Actually for me, the real beauty of this wine is in its spirit, it is a wine about a family, about a land, and about the circle of life. When he created “Dino”, Giovanni Manetti did not only create a new wine for Fontondi, he created a tribute. Named in honor of his father who passed away in the early 2000, it links the winery back to its roots. where it all began.
In un tranquillo pomeriggio di Settembre e’ stato piacevole incontrare per alcune ore ed in via informale Giovanni Manetti titolare dell’Azienda Agricola Fontodi. Passeggiando per le vigne abbiamo raggiunto la stalla dove, con un progetto nato nell’anno 2000, si sono raggiunti gli obbiettivi di reintrodurre l’allevamento delle mucche di razza Chianina in Panzano in Chianti (Conca d’oro) e produrre il compost necessario alla coltivazione organica dei vigneti in maniera autonoma. In passato tali bovini usati principalmente per lavori agricoli venivano macellati solo alla fine della carriera di lavoro sviluppando gli arti anteriori, la parte meno pregiata.
Travelling to Venice can be as frustrating as it can be thrilling & unforgetable. In fact, Venice is my favourite city in the entire world. I love her w/ a passion. The thing is, it takes patience & curiosity to reap the rewards that she can offer. Especially in "calle" off the beaten path. Actually, it is the only that Venice can be appreciated to its gloriest.
It is always very exciting to meet someone who is trying to do things differently and spares no efforts into finding a way to make them work. More especially in a country like Italy, where everybody keeps saying that the economy is a total disaster and that nothing is happening.
Alessandro Fedalto is such a person. His project, Charling, is a sparkling wine made in the Charmat method from organic Chardonnay and Riesling grapes grown in the region of Treviso of Northern Italy.