Sparkling Wine Secrets: Seven Grapes, Seven Styles from Italy With Finger Foods

6 sparkling wines from Italy

Garganega. Glera. Grechetto. Lambrusco. Moscato. Pinot Nero.  These are all grapes made into sparkling wines in Italy, so if you thought Italian sparkling wine came from one place, and in one style, and one grape only –I’m looking at you PROSECCO!– do I have a holiday sparkling wine secret surprise for you! How about seven styles of sparkling wine made from seven different grapes paired with Italian inspired festive finger foods? 

festive finger foods inspired bu Italian cuisine paired with Italian sparkling wine

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California Nebbiolo? Yes! Madroña and Soquel Vineyards

Barolo and Barbaresco are two of the most iconic Italian wines. Made from the Nebbiolo grape, the vines  grow in Piemonte, in the hills of northern Italy, and the wines are famous for being pale in color yet powerful on the palate. But California Nebbiolo? Continue reading

Sparkling Wine Secrets: Celebrate the Season with Biodynamic Bubbles from Bourgogne and Alsace with Festive Finger Foods #Winophiles

Biodynamic Bubbles? Yes please! From France? For sure! Charlot Champagne? Nope, not in this case! We’re talking Crémant which means Continue reading

Dreaming of a WINE CHRISTMAS? Check Out These Sparkling Gift Ideas!

Santa’s Secret– yes that’s Wine Predator on the right!

Last year, I did a wine lover’s gift guide with 12 Days of Christmas with wine related gifts:

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2 Greek Wines with Grilled Eggplant, Black Cod, Lamb Kebabs #WinePW

Greek wine and cuisine: so distinct, so delicious, so ideal for our grill friendly lifestyle! So why don’t we do Greek wines more often? Perhaps it’s because the wines aren’t easy to find — or easy to say! Names like Assyrtiko, Moschofilero, Malagousia, Savatiano, Retsina, Agiorgitiko, Xinomavro, Rapsani, Vinsanto, and Mavrodaphne may be challenging to most Americans to say, but it’s time to Go Greek and give Greek wine a try in 2022! The Greeks have 200 indigenous grape varieties with 50 used commer­cially for you to sample.  Continue reading

In Memoriam: Lorenzo Corino and His Beyond Biodynamic Nebbiolo

Centin by Lorenzo Corino

In late August 2020, just before harvest started in earnest, I sat and enjoyed a glass of wine and the sunset with the legendary Lorenzo Corino where I learned about the patented Metodo Corino, the vegan biodynamic system he developed with La Maliosa’s Antonella Manulli.  They worked together to develop a protocol and a process which lab tests showed significant enough differences, so that with the production of a scientific paper, they received their patent in May 2019.

“Biodynamics is yesterday,” said Lorenzo. But the moon is eternal: “I trust the moon. The moon is very important. When a new moon, the vines grow faster. The moon is something we know well and follow.” 

Lorenzo Corino 1947-2021; photo courtesy VeroVinoGusto

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Not Just A Blending Grape: 4 Cabernet Franc for Holiday Happenings

“Cabernet Franc? Isn’t that a blending grape?” my friend Kathy asked. “You’re right,” I assured her. “It’s probably best known as part of a Bordeaux blend. But in the Loire in places like Amirault and Tete Rouge, all biodynamic certified, Cabernet Franc stands alone. And people in the US and other parts of the world are growing it too to make stand alone wines!” 

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