Verdicchio? Is That A Vegetable? Does It Go With Carbonara? #ItalianFWT

Verdicchio from Marche and Lugana, Italy

“Verdicchio? Is that a vegetable?” My writing partner Sue Hills was asked this question twice in twenty four hours. While Verdicchio may sound like some sort of green vegetable, it’s actually a green fruit — a grape to be exact, and not surprisingly, a greenish grape. To make it even more complicated, Verdicchio is known by many other names, and combined, it’s one of the most planted grapes in the world — and likely one that you don’t know! Continue reading

Ramato, the copper colored “orange” wine of Italy — and Oregon! #ItalianFWT

2 Ramato wines from Oregon

Ramato means copper in Italian.

And while you might think when you look at a Ramato wine that it’s a Rosé wine — a wine made by pressing red wine grapes with brief skin contact so little color from the skins is imparted in to the wine– 

Ramato is actually more like the opposite of a Rosé!

Ramato is made from a “white” grape, not red. Continue reading

2017 Aldo Clerico Barbera D’ Alba with Anchovies, Pizza, Sausage Orecchiette #ItalianFWT

Aldo Clerico Barbera d’Alba imported into the US by Verovinogusto

 
 
Do you know Barbera?
 
If you do, you already know about this high acid low tannin, full bodied, intensely colored and flavored red wine that in 2000 was the third most planted grape in Italy!
 
And if you don’t know Barbera yet — or very well — you’re in luck because this month here at Wine Predator we’re hosting the Italian Food Wine Travel group for “It’s All About Barbera.” Read the invitation post here with a California Barbera in “5 Reasons Why We Love Barbera“ and the Preview post here with an organic Tomisa Barbera.  Scroll down to see the titles and links to the ten participants as well as the prompts for the 8am May 1 twitter chat. 

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2016 Tomisa Barbera + Bagna Cauda, Focaccia, Pizza: Preview #ItalianFWT

Tomissa Barbera

Have you ever had Bagna Cauda, the Piedmonte anchovy butter sauce? With Barbera? 

Then you have not lived!

This month here at Wine Predator we’re hosting the Italian Food Wine Travel group for “It’s All About Barbera.” Read the invitation post here “5 Reasons Why we Love Barbera“. Scroll down to see the titles and links to the ten participants. 

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Lazio to Paso Robles: “if you see kay” #ItalianFWT

if you see kay from Lazio

April is Earth Month, so each April here on Wine Predator we try to turn our attention to wines that pay attention to the triple bottom line: planet, people, AND profit. That’s typically organic and biodynamic wines, and we’ve also discussed the different and somewhat confusing plethora of certifications amid concerns of greenwashing. 

One way that people are trying to save a buck AND the planet is by Continue reading