Traditionally, we often think of white wines as crisp and dry. This lovely wine, Castello Del Poggio Moscato Veneto, does not fit that mold. A sweet white wine from Italy, its makers describe it as the product of what they call a “lighthearted way of life.” A delicate Moscato, it offers a “boquet” of musk, peach, honey and white flowers.
They suggest pairing it with barbecue or other spicy dishes, pastas, salads and “guilt-free desserts” along with, they add, “a candid smile” as you sip and declare: “Hello Sweet Life”!
We enjoyed it as an after dinner beverage in lieu, perhaps, of dessert, but look forward to exploring other pairings. It’s imported by Zonin USA Inc. in Charlottesville, VA.
The valley outside Valdobiaddene sees temperatures day and night that allow the Glera grapes to mature with complexity of scent and flavor, thanks to the combination of the sun shining on a steep hill at the base of a mountain that faces South. Grapes are able to mature evenly with a high sugar count, as breezes drive out humidity. Prosecco is exclusively found in Northeast Italy in Veneto and the Friuli Venezia Giulia regions.
The Cartizze valley forms a natural amphitheater where the vines grow healthy and strong. Clay in the soil allows rapid rain drainage. This wine from the Mionetto Luxury Collection is often called the Grand Cru of Prosecco, with complex flavors of apple and pear and has won gold, silver and bronze medals in a large number of international wine competitions.
This wine comes from Lombardia where it is produced in Agienda Agricola Matilde. The grapes are originally from Croatina, a red variety from central northern Italy, which produce an intensely ruby red color. The wine is 10.5 to 11 percent alcohol content with a slightly tannic taste, dry, fresh with notes of berries and sometimes sparkling. The alcohol content ranges from a minimum of 85 percent for Croatina with a maximum of 15 percent Barbera, Uva Rara and/or Vespolina. The Oltrepo Pavese DOC became a separate DOC in 2010. The vineyard area is comprised of 6,662 acres.
BOSTON – At a recent trade tasting, Vino Nobile de Montepulciano introduced a selection of outstanding recent vintages. One of our favorites out of the group of nine producers was La Ciarliana which presented three beautiful Tuscan Montepulcianos from 2010, 2013 and 2014 vintages. Well structured, they included Vino Nobile de Montepulciano 2013, with 95% Sangiovese and 5% Mammolo, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Vigna Scianello, 2010, made with 100% Sangiovese and Rosso di Montepulciano 2014, with 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canailo and 10% Merlot.
Rich in flavor, fruit forward and elegant, these wines are made by the family-owned winery originally begun by owner Louis Frangiosa’s grandfather. Alas, they are currently seeking an importer. We urge importers to seek out the wines and consider bringing them into the U.S.
Over the last decade, producers in Vino Nobile have invested more than eight million Euros in environmental sustainability projects. More than 250 vintners take part in farming the Vino Nobile vineyards and employ an estimated 1,000 workers permanently, plus that many seasonal workers as well. Last year, seven million domestic bottles of Vino Nobile and 2.5 million of Rosso di Montepulciano DOC were offered on the market. The U.S. market is responsible for an estimated 21% share of Nobile export sales. We enjoyed these wines and look forward to learning and writing more about them in the months ahead.