5 Sangiovese, 4 Terroirs, 3 Producers, 2 Regions, 1 Country #ItalianFWT

It’s a countdown: five Sangiovese, four terroirs, three producers, two regions, one country, and one importer — Verovino– for this month’s Italian Food Wine Travel group of wine writers! Here’s the invitation from host, Wendy Klik.

Sangiovese is the grape in that ubiquitous Chianti bottle, you know the one in the straw basket. They used those baskets, called fiasco, (seriously!) to help with shipping back in the day. Learn more about Chianti here.

Sangiovese is grown in other areas of Italy in addition to Chianti, with most of it grown in the central parts of Italy and in Sicily. Today we’ll be looking at five wines: two from Tuscany, home of Chianti, and three from neighboring Emilia-Romagna. One is actually from Chianti, and four from other areas worth exploring.

I’ve been on a deep dive into sangiovese this week, starting with sangiovese based blends from the west coast (read it here), then a focused tasting with a vertical from Ranchita Canyon Vineyard (read about it here), and now, back to the homeland with these five from Italy imported by Verovino.

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Brachetto d’Acqui and Grandma’s Biscotti with red wine poached cherries, marscapone #ItalianFWT

Looking for something different? Something a bit sweet and a bit bubbly? And red but lightly chilled? Maybe something low in alcohol for dessert to pair with chocolate or fruit, or even better, the cookies your Italian Grandma always made?

Then you might find what you’re looking for in Brachetto D’Acqui! Continue reading

UNESCO Proclaims Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene A World Heritage Site: Celebrate on Prosecco Day with Rustico DOCG

With Prosecco DOCG celebrating a thirtieth anniversary and with UNESCO proclaiming the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene a World Heritage Site on July 8, there’s lots to celebrate about Prosecco on this Prosecco Day August 13 — and we know which bubbles to recommend as well!


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The new UNESCO World Heritage Site “The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene” is well known for exceptional wines, and with this designation will be protected and preserved to ensure longevity for future generations. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization aka UNESCO declared the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene the 55th Italian “World Heritage Site”.

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Two Italian Reds To Pair With Fresh Sockeye Salmon on the Grill

With fresh salmon in season, what should you pair with it?

Whether it is Copper River, sockeye salmon, or King, when in doubt, get the Pinot Noir out!

But maybe you’ve been there and done that too many times and you want to venture beyond the tried and true and do something different.

Which is exactly what we did the other night: we tried two Italian RED wines, Italian wines that aren’t pinot noir (aka pinot nero). In fact, these are Italian wines that you may never have heard of but are interpretations of ones that might be more familiar than at first it seems! Continue reading