Have you ever been to Diano d'Alba? It's a small village - around 3,500 residents - in the Langhe region, 15 minutes by car from Alba. Diano d'Alba is located 509 m above sea level and it has a panoramic viewpoint. You can admire the Alps, the amazing vineyards and the castles such as Grinzane Cavour, Serralunga d'Alba and Barolo. It's right here that there is an important production of Dolcetto wine. In fact, Diano d'Alba is one of the three DOCGs based on Dolcetto, the others are Dogliani and Ovada. The potential viticulture for Diano d'Alba DOCG is 242 ha (based on data relased in 2017). All local people have a particular attachment to this black grape variety.
When was the last time that you tasted an Amarone wine? It's a full-bodied wine with high alcohol and sometimes it's too heavy. Usually, you have to find the right occasion or the best paring to open a bottle of Amarone. In a nutshell, it's hard to drink it. Ok, this might have been true in past, but now its style is quite different! A "slimming" transformation is underway on Amarone and this operation is not easy without distorting the wine. But some wineries have been successful. They obtained a more drinkable Amarone and always worked to high quality. I appreciated this good job by tasting several Amarone 2016 wines during the official preview last week. Some were bottled, others were barrel samples. Here, I'll give you my impressions about. Are you ready? Let's start!
What comes to mind when you hear Dolcetto? The Italian translation means "little sweet one". Trust me, it's anything except sweet! Dolcetto is a red grape variety from Piedmont. We've already seen Brachetto. Unfortunately it's very underrated. It has to compete with Nebbiolo (especially from Barolo and Barbaresco) and Barbera. It's not easy at all! Piedmont is a very complex region. It's composed of: 17 DOCG (Denominazione d'Origine Controllata e Garantita);42 DOC (Denominazione d'Origine Controllata). Microclimate, soil, and a lot of indigenous grape varieties are key factors of this complexity. But our focus is on Dolcetto and I want to give you more info. Are you ready? Let's start!
How many wines from the South of Italy do you know? Italy is a wonderful wine region, but it's immensely difficult to know all its wines. More than 350 indigenous grape varieties, a lot of subregions, small and big productions. There's something for every taste! Mercato dei Vini FIVI is the right place for all the wine lovers. You can improve your knowledge of wine there. I'm not an expert in the South of Italy, so I took the opportunity. First I'll tell you the reasons why you should take part in this fair, then I'll share my favourite tastings. Are you ready? Let's start!
Have you ever heard about Acqui DOCG Rosé? In the last article, I gave you more details about Brachetto d'Acqui, talking about the grape, the styles, and the food pairings. Now it's time to talk about Acqui DOCG Rosé, the last-born wine in Alto Monferrato and regulated by the Consortium of Brachetto d'Acqui. You should know that it's not really "last-born" because there was a dry style of Brachetto already in 1873! It has not been promoted over time and was reintroduced in 2017. I'll tell you more details about the winemaking techniques and the profile tasting. Are you ready? Let's start!