How does altitude influence the wine? Alto Adige is the ideal wine region to analyse this point. We've already explored its main characteristics and its seven wine growing regions (Bassa Atesina, Oltradige, Bolzano, Adige Valley, Merano, Isarco Valley, and Val Venosta). Alto Adige offers a huge range of altitude where the vineyards are cultivated. They stretch from 200 m to 1,000 m above sea level. You can find the same grape variety grown at a lower altitude as well as at a higher altitude. The characteristics of Alto Adige wine from lower altitude will be different from that at higher altitude. Now, I'll share with you all the essential information about the influence of altitude on wine. In addition, we'll compare three grape varieties (Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, and Riesling) from Alto Adige wines at different altitudes. Are you ready? Let's start!
Would you like to learn more about wine in Italy, but you don't know where to start? Degustibuss is your answer. Nowadays there are a lot of courses to help you understand wine (sometimes free courses). You should be careful though because when you chose a wine course, it is like laying the foundations of your house. Get it wrong, and over time cracks will appear. You don't learn about all the individual wines with a wine course, but a method of approach. The best way to learn about wine is to travel and taste, after learning the correct method from professionals. Cristina Mercuri is the co-founder of Degustibuss - the Italian Wine Academy. It was founded in 2018. Now, I want to give you more information about the academy and why it should be your starting point in Italy. In addition, I've put some questions to Cristina. Are you ready? Let's start!
Have you ever been to Alto Adige? It's one of my favourite Italian wine regions. Alto Adige is based at the foothills of the Alps. Austria has influenced this region so much that the majority first language is German. In fact, Alto Adige is also called Südtirol. Alto Adige is amazing, not only in terms of wine but throughout the region. You can enjoy unforgettable experiences, from hiking to winter sports, and from Christmas markets to thermal spas. Not to mention the food specialities such as canederli, strudel, or spätzle. My suggestion is to visit in different seasons in order to have a full overview of the region. But back to talking about wine from Alto Adige. I'll give you all the info that you need to know about the territory. In addition, I recently took part in an online masterclass about weather conditions during the 2019 vintage (the last available on the market) with Eros Teboni. Great, in a nutshell. I'll share all the details with you. Are you ready? Let's start!
Who is the first person that you meet when you arrive at a restaurant? Usually, it's not the chef. Have you ever thought that you spend the most of your lunch or dinner with the food and wine service? It's the only link between you and the kitchen. There can be the most awarded chef to cook for you but you will not feel satisfied if the food and wine service is not experienced. Maybe because you didn't feel cuddled during the meal or you didn't like the wine suggested. I will discuss and analyse with three recognised industry professionals why the world of food and wine service is so important to the dining experience. Are you ready? Let's start!
What's your favourite wine from Franciacorta? It's a very large and famous area for sparkling wine production. There is something for all tastes. Without doubt, Guido Berlucchi is one of my favourite wineries. It has written the history of Franciacorta! The cellar is so amazing and magical to see (put a visit on your bucket list). If you are a zero dosage lover, you should certainly taste the Berlucchi '61 Franciacorta Nature collection. You'll be pleased! The lineup is composed of three vintage wines: Berlucchi '61 Nature (first vintage, 2009), Berlucchi '61 Nature Blanc de Blancs (first vintage, 2012), and Berlucchi '61 Nature Rosé (first vintage, 2011).