For many of us who enjoy the sensuous profile of a bold, flavourful red wine may already know to seek an Amarone di Valpolicella, a Veneto Region Italian wine that consists of a blend of Corvina, small amounts of Corvinone and sometimes Rondinella grapes. You may be even more impressed with discovering how this amazing unique style of wine is made.
Considered the dominant grape of central Italy, Sangiovese produces everything from everyday drinking to premium wines in a variety of styles. It might surprise one to know that Sangiovese is actually quite scarce outside of Italy. In terms of world plantings, Sangiovese is less abundant than many other popular grown grape varieties.
There is something unmistakably ceremonial about opening a bottle of wine that contains a cork. Even romantic in its ritual, that many swear by. This visceral experience has helped cork retain its public persona but is the wine industry moving in another direction?
So revered all over the world, it is iconically referred to by one name as with the likes of famous one-named celebrities. Despite its prominence in the wine industry, ‘Cabernet’ Sauvignon is a relatively new grape variety.
A key factor in the finished product of many wines is the age and type of the wood it is fermented or contained in before it is bottled. Winemakers often refer to the use of new oak, old oak or neutral oak. What are some of the differences?
Taming the Sagrantino Grape in Umbria (A Legend Reborn)
Who would dare to attempt to tame the massive tannin Sagrantino grape into a drinkable wine? Often a bottle of Sagrantino wine takes years of aging before it can be approached and enjoyed. However, Lungarotti-Montefalco winery, has managed to produce some of the highest quality Sagrantino in the world.
Subtle and Complex Armagnac Brandy (One of France’s Best Kept Secrets)
French Armagnac brandy has been produced for seven hundred years—centuries longer than Cognac brandy. These spirits differ in several key ways. The French do not mind that we all become further aware of their delicious Armagnac secret.