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  • Valcalepio DOC - Italian Wines

      This area is situated on both sides of Lago d'Iseo, near Bergamo. To the east of Bergamo the soil is a mixture of clay and chalk, while in the north it consists of shingle, shale, and slate.

     The wines are made from ancient native grapes (Moscato di Scanzo, Merera, and Incrocio Terzi) and more modern varieties (Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Pranc). These wines are sold under the name of either Valcalepio Rosso (red) or Valcalepio Bianco (white) . Both types of wine are the realisation of a successful combination of tradition and modern methods. Valcalepio Rosso is chiefly made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to which the wine-maker adds various supplementary grapes.

    The colour is usually ruby red with tinges of granite red. The bouquet is pleasing, vinous, and aromatic. The taste is dry and typical of the grapes used (black currant, pepper, and cherry). Riserva wines must be aged for at least three years and contain at least 12.5% alcohol. Drink at 57.2-60.8°F (14-16°C).

    Valcalepio Bianco is usually made with Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio, in a variety of blends within these grapes. Each wine is unique but the best are intensely straw yellow and have a refined bouquet and a well-balanced and characteristic taste. Drink at 10-12°C (SO-S3.6°F).

    Finally there is also the old-fashioned style Oscato Passito, which is of outstanding quality. Remember though that this is a sweet red wine that is ruby to cherry red, with hints of granite red. The nose is typical of red Moscato in its intensity and characteristic sensuality.

      The taste is sweet, but wellbalanced thanks to its fine acidity. Bitter notes of almond can be detected in the finish. This wine must be aged for at least eighteen months and contain at least 17% alcohol. Drinking temperature is 8- 12°C (46.4-S3.6°F ) depending on season and personal preference.

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  • Veneto - Italian wine area

      The region of Veneto is a veritable paradise for lovers of nature, history and gastronomy. The area has been successful in agriculture for centuries.

    Stretching from the Dolomites in the north to the fertile Po valley and from Lake Garda to the Venetian coast, everything seems filled with the joy of living. The landscape is gently undulating, green and inviting. The climate is ideal, moderated and mildly continental in the north and Mediterranean in the south.

     

    BARDOLINO DOC

    The vineyards of this famous denomination are situated on alluvial soil deposited in the distant ice age between the right shore of Lake Garda and the city of Verona. Wine has been made here since before the time of the Roman empire. Bardolino is permitted to use the Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Molinara, and Negrara (not less than 85%),supplemented if required to a maximum of 15 % with Bardolino,Rossignola, Barbera, Sangiovese, and Garganega.

    Bardolino is a ruby red wine that sometimes has a touch of cherry red in its colour. As it ages the colour darkens towards granite red. The wine smells fresh and fruity (cherry), sometimes with a touch of herbs, and it has a pleasant taste that is mellow and fruity with a discernible slightly bitter finish. The young wine can be a little sharp but this mellows quickly with age. Drink at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C) when young to 53.6-57.2°F (12-14°C) when mature.

    The Bardolino which originates from the historical heart of this region carries Classico on its label. Wines with a slightly higher level of alcohol (at least 11.5%) may be called Superiore. You may well encounter lighter coloured Bardolino wines (mainly in Italy). These are made with the short steeping method and are called Chiaretto. This type of wine is lighter in body than the normal Bardolino, but it is more full-bodied than most rose wines.

    Pinally there are also red Bardolino Spumante wines, with and without the addition of Classico and/or Superiore. This dark pink to pale red wine has a fine sparkle, a fairly muted bouquet, and a pleasant taste that is filled with juicy flavour. These wines have a slight bitter note in their finish. Drink at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).{jcomments on}

  • White Grapes

    White grapes wine

    The taste of a wine depends principally on the grapes from which it is made. Different climates, soils and winemaking tehniques also play a part.

    White wine is almost always made from white grapes, although black grapes can be uses if contact between the skins (where colour is obtained) and the juice is avoided. All grapes varieties have individual characteristics and ripen at different times, the type of grape exerting a heavy influence an the taste of a wine.

    Categories

    Broadly speaking the style of white wine produced can be broken down into three categories: light-bodies white wines such as German Riesling, aromatic white wines such as Gewürztraminer, and full-bodied and wooded white wines such as Chardonnay or Sémillon.

    Chardonnay Grapes

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    Today world's most popular white grape, Chadonnay express its varietal character in many forms: from the racy, steely, and nervy wines of Chablis, to the fuller-bodied, buttery rich wine made in the Napa Vally, California. 

    Sauvignon Blanc Grapes

    Sauvignon Blanc Grapes white-grapes

    This is an aromatic grape, which ripens early and is mostly grown in cool-climate vineyards.   Its range extends from featherweight tangy, dry white wines like Sauvignon de Touraine, to the ripe, almost tropical-like fruitiness obtained in California, where the less common addition of oak is often adopted and labelled 'Fume Blanc'. Sauvignon Blanc thrives on chalk or gravel soil.

    Riesling Grapes

    Riesling Grapes white-grapes

    The Riesling grape is seen by many as the most versatile variety of white grape in the world. It is without doubt a class act with a number of strengths, not least its ability to outperform Chardonnay in the longevity stakes.

    Semillon Grapes

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    Arguably one fo the most underrated verieties of grapes, Sémillon, Bordeaux's most widely planted white grape, makes delicious dry and sweet wines. With an almost honeyed texture, Sémillon is often partnered by Sauvignon Blanc to lift the acidity, although Australian winemakers also blend Sémillon Trebbiano.

    Chenin Blanc Grapes

    Chenin Blanc Grapeswhite-grapes

    An extremely versatile variety of grapes, Chenin Blanc is capable of making dry and crisp white wines that are great as an aperitif, through to medium, unctuous and sweet styles. Due to the keeen and vibrant acidity often found in Chenin Blanc grape, they make brilliant food wines and can stay in good shape for many years after the vitange.

    Other white grapes

    Other white grapeswhite-grapes

     This distinctive grape variety is known by its friends simply as Gewürtz but sometimes also as Traminer. It provides interese aromas, reminiscent of lychee, rose petals and spice.

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