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      The picturesque valley of Aosta is in the north of Piedmont, at the foot of the mighty Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. The Aosta valley owes more in terms of culture to the Francophone Swiss and the French from Savoie than to the rest of Italy. 

     This can be seen in both the local place names and the names of the wines such as Donnaz, Enfer d'Arvier, Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle. You are unlikely though to encounter the wines from the Valle d'Aosta elsewhere for production is quite limited and the local inhabitants and passing tourists can happily consume it all.



    This is an exceptionally delicious gentle dry white wine that is delicate with a distinctive bouquet of mountain herbs and grass and a fresh taste due to the presence of carbonic acid. This wine is often drunk with the local cheese fondue of Toma and Fontina. Drinking temperature 46.4-50°F (8- 10°C).



       The Valtellina valley is a real wine-lover's paradise and an unforgettable experience for those who enjoy activity and nature. The vines here grow on steep rocky hills that hang over the Adda river.

     The local wine has to adhere to very stringent rules regarding the origin of the grapes, their cultivation, and vinification. The wines must be wholly vinified and aged within the denominated zone.



    This red wine is made from Chiavennasca, which is the local name for Nebbiolo, which may if required be supplemented with some Pinot Nero, Merlot, Rossola, Pignola Valtellinese, or Brugnola. There are numerous types of Valtellina depending on the combinations of grapes used yet despite this Valtellina wines can usually be characterised by their typical bright red colour, the subtle bouquet that is characteristic of the area, and a dry taste that may be strongly tannic.Drinking temperature is 57.2- 60.8°F (14- 16°C).



    This is a special wine from grapes that have been partially dried. This almost orange coloured, powerful sweet wine (minimum alcohol 14.5%), is best with an appropriate dessert. Drink at 42.8-46.4°F (6-8°C) or 50-53.6°F (10-12°C) according to taste.



    Only 5% of other grapes may be added to the Chiavennasca (see Valtellina DOC). The colour is ruby to granite red, the nose is strong when young but more subtle with age. The taste is very strong in tannin and acidity in the early years but this mellows and become broader and rounder with maturity. The ordinary wine may not be sold before two years old and the rare Riserva only after four years. Drink at 53 .6-57.2°F (12-14°C) when young up to 57.2- 60.8°F (14- 16°C) when mature.

     These four wines are all 'crus' of the Valtellina Superiore, meaning they come from rigidly defined areas (Sassella, Inferno, Grumello, and Valgella).These are slightly better than the straightforward Valtellina Superiore, especially the Sassella which is excellent. Drink at 57.2- 60.8°F (14- 16°C).

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  •   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.



    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}



    This is a very fresh and fruity white French wine.


    This is a fruity red wine that can be high in tannin. There is also a rose French Wine.

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    Most Cremant de Bourgogne French wines are made with grapes from the Auxerrois. This is a very fresh, generous, and enjoyable French wine.  {jcomments on}

  • Posavje Slovenian Wine

    Slovenian winePosavje(Posavski Vinorodni Region) means the valley of the Sava, which is the river that together with its tributaries, the Sotla, Savinja, and Krka provides the necessary moisture to this region. Posavje is situated south of Podravje, against the Croatian border. The area has a climate that is principally central European and continental but with moderating Mediterranean influences from the south, especially in Bela Krajina. Every type of this Slovenian wine is produced here from fresh to sweet, from light to moderately full-bodied, and white, rosé, and red, still or sparkling. Posavje is renowned for its excellent late harvest sweet Slovenian wines such as (Pozna Trgatev) and for Eiswein (Ledeno Vino), and others produced from grapes carefully selected such as Izbor, Jagodni Izbor, and Suhi Jagodni Izbor.

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