Category Archives: ITALY

Italian terminology

Italian wine terminology, work in progress … – A – aciaio  stainless steel. acidità  acidity. affinare  to mature. affinato  matured. amabile  medium-sweet. amarone  a type of passito and recioto, with grapes dessicated for 100-120 days, fermented to dryness, so alcohol is high, … Continue reading

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Chianti Classico Gran Selezione London 2014

The UK Debut of Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, London, 25 November 2014 A Hunt and Coady event for the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico. New regulations In 2013 the Consorzio approved new regulations for the Chianti Classico denomination (and approved by EC … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – Moscato d’Asti

What A sweet, low alcohol, sweet sparkling wine.  Moscato d’Asti has much in common with Asti, including production area and methods and variety; but it is dominated by small artisan producers and is becoming more of a cru wine, is … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – Asti

What In the majority this is an industrially produced wine of a standard brand-specific character, dominated by a small number of NMs.  Fully sparkling with the usual aroma and flavour profile of moscato bianco aka muscat blanc a petit grains. … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – Prosecco

Latest news Italian authorities crackdown on fake Prosecco – the 2009 reassignment of IGT classified wines to DOC, with the requisite reduction in yield from 250 to 180hl/ha, has left growers worse off.  So some have been importing grapes and … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – Franciacorta

What A DOCG metodo classico full sparkling wine, from chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot blanc, with some varietal chardonnay.   18-60 months lees ageing. NV and vintage. All designed to compete with Champagne, at a better price point. Mainly a … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – Lambrusco

What Mostly industrially co-op produced tank method non-DOC wines, with a simple profile of red berry fruit, sweet, low alcohol and frizzante – slightly sparkling; DOC wines have higher quality, are off-dry to medium sweet, with a characteristic bitter finish, and a … Continue reading

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