VENETO

 

Col del Sole  

Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry DOC - NV  

Caterina Zardini 

Valpolicella ico Superiore DOC - 2013

Giuseppe Campagnola 

Pinot Grigio - Screw Cap IGT - 2015

Chardonnay  IGT - 2014

Valpolicella ico Superiore "Ripasso" DOC - 2014  

Amarone ico WS: 91  DOC - 20

 

Le Bine    

Valpolicella ico Superiore  DOC - 2014  

 

Ornella Molon      

Traminer Riserva  IGT - 2014  

Bianco di Ornello  IGT - 2008

Raboso DOC - 2011

 

Villa Rocca

Pinot Nero - Del Piave  IGT - 2015

Pinot Grigio - Veneto  IGT - 2016

Piemonte, meaning foot of the mountian, is the largest region of the Italian mainland.  Comprised mostly of mountains and rolling foothills, much of the land is too steep or cold for vines and so despite its size, Piemonte is not Italy’s leading producer of wine.  However, if only fine wines are considered then it excels; more than 17 percent of all the DOC and DOCG wines are produced in Piemonte, more than any other region except for the Veneto.

 

Although some of Piemonte’s wines are produced in the north, most of its best wines come from the vineyards further south, in the Langhe and Monferrato hills.  The tiny villages of Barolo and Barbaresco lie about a dozen miles apart on either side of Alba. The soil around Alba is clay, limestone and sand.  The best vineyards, most of which are planted with Nebbiolo are located on the domes of the hills that are tilted south, resulting in maximum exposure to the sun and hence ripeness. 

 

In Piedmontese dialect a “bricco” is the sun-catching crest of a hill and similarly a “sori’” is the south-facing part of a slope where in winter the snow melts first thus giving rise to wine names such as “Bricco Medica” and “Sori’ del Re.”  The hills around Alba are planted with a good amount of barbera and dolcetto vines as well as the white varietal arneis.  Piemonte’s most traditional white grape is however, moscato.  The town forever linked with moscato is Asti and the resulting Moscato’d'Asti is a favorite refined low-alcohol sparkling wine.  At the south-eastern edge of the Monferrato hills is the town of Gavi where the white grape cortese is the sourse of the dry, straightforward, traditional wine that bears the town’s name. 

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