Valdo Prosecco Brut

Valdo Prosecco BrutIn general, I’m a huge fan of prosecco.  When it comes to sparkling wine, I reckon you get more bang for your buck with prosecco than pretty much any additional option.  And this is a fantastic example of that.  Although the suggested retail fee is $14, I’ve seen this wine for sale at a super-bargain fee of only $10.  And given how much I like this bubbly, that’s an outstanding QPR!
Valdo was started in 1926 by the Societa Anonima Vini Superiori and was bought by The Bolla Family in the 1940’s.  The vineyards are in Valdobbiadene, a town in the province of Treviso, Veneto, Italy.
This wine is a “brut” but it’s at the high limit of sweetness for that classification with 12 grams of residual sugar per liter.  That’s not to say that it’s a sweet wine, it’s not. But is sugar level is high enough to border on the “extra dry” classification. In fact, they could have used that classification if they had wanted to do so. Read more

Peter Zemmer Pinot Nero

Peter Zemmer Pinot NeroPinot Nero sounds like it might be a unique wine variety that you’ve never tried, but it’s in fact just the Italian name for pinot noir.  The Peter Zemmer winery is located in the northernmost part of Italy, Alto Adige, just south of the Austrian border.  More specifically, it’s just southwest of the city of Bolzano.  This is a province with both Italian and German influences, as many of the area’s inhabitants speak German as their primary language.
This is a mountainous province with valleys made by the Adige and Isarco rivers, which merge at Bolzano forming brilliant conditions for vineyards.  The most prominent red wine variety produced in this province is a set alight-bodied wine from the schiava grape.  Lagrein is the second most planted red variety, putting pinot nero in third.  There is also a excellent quantity of colorless wine produced in this province, with pinot grigio, chardonnay and pinot bianco being the most prominent.
The suggested retail fee of this wine is slightly over our predictable $20 limit, but I’m sure it is sold in places for below 20 bucks. Read more

Dievole Fourplay Rosso

Dievole Fourplay RossoOne of the things that wine geeks like me get geeked out about is tasting wine varieties that we don’t get to taste each day.  Here’s a red blend that’s packed with four varieties that are native to Sicily.  Those varieties include Frappato Nero, Nerello Cappuccio, Nebello Mascalese and Nero d’Avola, blended at 25% of each.
That’s not the only thing unique about this wine.  It’s also a field blend.  Most blended wines you taste today are made by fermenting individual varieties and blending them after fermentation.  This is typically done so that the amounts of each variety can be adjusted to the liking of the winemaker.  In a field blend, the grapes are combined at harvest time and are co-fermented.  Proponents of co-fermentation say that it enhances the wines affect and produces more floral aromas. Read more

Sopranos Pinot Grigio and Pinot Grigio Friuli

Sopranos Pinot Grigio and Pinot Grigio FriuliI’ve been slacking on the new posts for the past week, as I’ve been regrouping after the Wine Blogger’s Talks.  But finally, yesterday I pulled together some wines I had in the tasting queue and did a blind tasting with a number of Pinot Grigio wines.  Over the next few posts, I’ll share those reviews and a summary to give you a quick allusion for a few Pinot Grigios.
The first wine that was in my tasting is the first one I’m posting a review about, and in fact I’ll do a link wines in this review since two in my tasting were related.  First up is The Sopranos Pinot Grigio, an Italian PG that is produced via a partnership between Visuvio Wine Import Companionship (named after a restaurant in the series), licensing with HBO and winemakers in Italy.  There are two different Pinot Grigios available below the Sopranos mark and both of them were part of my tasting.
The Sopranos Pinot Grigio Read more

Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero

Riondo Prosecco Spago NeroWhen it comes to finding bubbly wine at bargain prices, Prosecco can’t be beat.  In fact, Prosecco is a grape variety from the Veneto province of Italy and there is some of it produced as subdue wine, but the vast majority of it is bubbly.  Here’s one that is simply awesome and it’s about $10 to boot.
Why spend $40+ on fancy Champagne when this Prosecco is sooooo excellent, and it’s readily available?  And why buy crappy sparkling wine, when you can get this stuff for just over ten bucks?  So many people get crappy, cheap sparkling wine for weddings or New Year’s parties, but I say “no more!”  Seek out the Prosecco section and wow your friends with this stuff. Read more

Vigna Dogarina Prosecco Extra Dry

Vigna Dogarina Prosecco Extra DryTonight we’re tasting another Prosecco, and it happens to be another outstanding value for sparkling wine.
Like most Prosecco, Vigna Dogarina comes from the Veneto province in Italy.  But that’s just the broader province.  This particular Prosecco comes from Valdobbiadene, one of the most prestigious places for Prosecco.
Pay close attention to the “Extra Dry” part of the name too, if that’s what you want, as Vigna Dogarina offers a few different styles of Prosecco. Read more

Villa Erbice Soave Superiore Vigneto Panvinio

Villa Erbice Soave Superiore Vigneto PanvinioOne of the things that I geek out about is introducing wines to those who are learning about them.  A lot of visitors to this site are people who are a small bit into wine, but curious and wanting to learn more.  I can’t encourage you enough to explore new varieties and try wines that may be unfamiliar to you.  You never know what you’ll find.
One type of wine that I really delight in, but you may have never tried is Soave.  It’s pronounced SWAH-vey and each time I say it, I can’t help but reckon of Rico Polite… but that’s not why I like this wine.  I like it because it’s a nice, floral wine with set alight fruit and mineral flavors.
Like many Italian wines, the name represents both the location where it’s grown and the grape variety.  In the case of Soave, Veneto is the province and Garganega is the variety of grape.  But it’s not quite that simple with Soave… within the province there are different classifications, based on location.  Look for Soave Classico or Soave Superiore with a DOCG designation to identify the higher quality wines with more complexity.
The one I’m tasting today is produced by Villa Erbice, which dates back to 1870 and has a gorgeous winery in Veneto. Read more

Cantina del Castello Soave Classico

Cantina del Castello Soave ClassicoTonight we’re tasting another Soave, this time it’s one with the Classico DOC designation produced by Cantina del Castello.  This winery, which translated means “Castle Vineyard,” lies just below Scaligeri Castle in Soave.  A gorgeous and regal location.
This wine is produced from 90% Garganega and 10% Trebbiano di Soave.  This wine has not seen any oak, but was aged in stainless steel tanks previous to bottling. Read more