Monthly Archives: December 2015

San Giacomo Cantina #abruzzo #sangiacomo #wine

Cantina San Giacomo

San Giacomo Cantina is located in Rocca San Giovanni, in Chieti province, between Trabocchi coast and luxuriant hills, a perfect combination of natural environments.  San Giacomo winery offers wines of aromatic fragrances, fullbodied red wines and white wines of exquisite and delicate tastes. The most famous local white grapes are Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Chardonnay, Pecorino and Moscato, whereas red grapes are Montepulciano  d’Abruzzo, San Giovese and Merlot, other than renowned sparkling wines and excellent fine liquors.

The cellar also produces genuine food of extraordinary quality such as jams, pasta, marinated preserves and the savory Pecorino d’Abruzzo cheese. All these products are made by the passion and the enthusiasm of the almost two hundred workers, who collaborate to improve the production, recently the Cantina has started to produce wine made by organic grapes.

Near San Giacomo Cantina there is a shop where you can have an amazing gastronomic experience and you can choose between a wide variety of goods that will satisfy your desires.

San Giacomo Cantina website:

http://www.cantinasangiacomo.it/web/it/?lang=en

Valentina Gagliano

 

 

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Padelletti winery #tuscany #montalcino #wine

Brunello Padelletti

In Montalcino town, close to Siena, in the beautiful area nearby Monte Amiata and Val d’Orcia, Padelletti family is one of the oldest and famous vintner, since 1571.

All members of the family have been involved in military and political affairs of their hometown. They have traveled abroad for work reasons, however they have always been maintained a close bond with their land and never forgot to take care of their winery and enrich family tradition with modernity and innovation they have experienced during their several trips abroad.

The wines produced by the family have incredible features due to the fertile soil, in which vineyards are extended. Thanks to this particular ground, rich in water and cinders, coming from eruptions of Monte Amiata, the wine is characterized by aroma and notes extremely hard to reproduce.

In order to have a very high quality wine, family members carry out a meticulous selection of fine red grapes (Sangiovese grape) every year. Among about 480 quintals of grapes, only 100 quintals are chosen, for a maximum production of 7000/8000 bottles of wine. The result is a full-bodied red wine, the so-called “Brunello”, well known for its special intense colour and strong taste, a combination of history and culture.

Brunello is aged in barrels made of the Slavonic wood for many years, a valuable type of wood, that has made the wine very expensive. A really high level of tannins is contained in these barrels, so it is important to constantly control wine, in order to avoid to have an unpleasant taste.

The two iconic wines produced by Padelletti family are Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino, powerful wines but gentle and velvety wines at the same time. By tasting these strong flavoured wines, your palate will be overwhelmed by vivid emotions.

They are perfect to be paired with red and white meat, salmon and tuna.

Padelletti wine estate website: http://www.padelletti.it/azienda_en.html

Valentina Gagliano

 

Col d’Orcia wine estate #wine #montalcino #tuscany

Surrounded by a beautiful natural scenery, Col d’Orcia winery is situatedCOL6near the fabulous medieval village of Montalcino, in Siena province of Tuscany. It offers fantastic views with its Montalcino hills, Monte Amiata and Brunello vineyards. In this scenic location you will have the opportunity to taste delicious products like wines, organic extra virgin olive oil and grappa.

The wine estate is considered as the largest organic wine farm in Tuscany, it obtained organic certification in 2010. Col d’Orcia literary means “windy hill”, that is the amazing place where you can find Poggio al Vento vineyard.  The company is owned by Cinzano family since 1973.

DOCG wines produced have a very high quality and the most important are wide range of fine Montalcino red wines, Chianti DOCG and Pinot Grigio. Moreover Col d’Orcia is well-known for its unique patrimony of more than 50,000 bottles of vintages Brunello di Montalcino.

Col d’Orcia regularly opens its cellars to all wine lovers and connoisseurs, you can take part of a tour discovering the estate and tasting wines.

We have been charmed by the taste of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG, that we really liked it. It is a deep and dense ruby red wine made from a rigorous selection of best bunches of Sangiovese grape, locally called “Brunello”.  It requires a long maturation of more than four years in steel tanks first and then in Slavonian oak barrels.

This pure Sangiovese variety has an elegant body and a firm acidity, slightly attenuated by fruit fragrances. A full-bodied, powerful wine with a long and memorable aftertaste.

Col d’Orcia estate website: http://www.coldorcia.com/

Valentina Gagliano

 

Champagne Taittinger moves across England #france #england #wine

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French champagne house is about to make history by producing sparkling wine in England.

Taittinger estate will be the first to invest in the UK, in particular in Kent, whose chalk soil is considered ideal for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines. Recently, climate change has led to effects of rising temperatures in England and it can create favorable conditions for rich growing vines.

“We believe we can produce a high quality English sparkling wine, drawing on our 80 years of wine-making expertise,” stated the president Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger.

TheTaittinger-English-sparkling-wine deal between Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger and Patrick McGrath of British winemaker Hatch Mansfield shows a sincere friendship between the two countries.

The French estate, one of the largest and oldest in France, has bought 69 hectares in the English village Chilham, and the wine is supposed to be ready in five years. It will be significantly named Domaine Evremond, a famous diplomat very esteemed in England, who worked to abolish frontiers between UK and France.

Taittinger wine house has already gained a considerable success planting sparkling wine vineyards in USA, now it hopes to obtain the same results in England.

The main aim is to create a wine which has its own personality and singular characteristics, completely different from the others, a real expression of British terroir and tradition.

Valentina Gagliano

 

 

Weingut Herbert Pazen wine estate #germany #moselleriver #wine

Zeltingen-Rachtig-Schleuse

 

Weingut Herbert Pazen winery is placed in Zeltingen-Rachtig, a small town in Germany. Its vineyards are settled along the famous Moselle river.

The beautiful Moselle valley region extends in north eastern France, south western Germany and eastern Luxembourg. The surrounding area has developed a strong tourist industry, thanks to its exceptional natural landscape.

 All wines produced are multifaceted and have various fruity and spicy flavors. Riesling grape is the most important variety of the region.

The wide range of wines includes:

  • Herbert Pazen, Riesling Kabinett, exotic fruity tones,
  • Herbert Pazen Secco, semi sparkling and dry wine
  • Feinster Apfelbrand, pure apple brandy.

 

Weingut Herbert Pazen winery website: http://www.herbert-pazen.de/index.php?p=1000

Valentina Gagliano

In the heart of Chianti: la Castellina winery #chianti #tuscany #wine

La castellina Rugiada

If you are looking for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday, immerse yourself in the peaceful and uncontaminated nature of “La Ferrozzola” guest house, in the heart of Chianti, in Tuscany. Not too far from that, in the historic centre of the medieval village of Castellina, there are the wonderful Hotel “Palazzo Squarcialupi”, full of elegant rooms and old paintings, and the family farm, excellent synthesis of history and nature.

The winery has its origins from the past properties of the noble Squarcialupi family. Today, the farm belongs to the Bojola-Targioni, Monica Targioni and her husband Tommaso Bojola have been restored the property and took care of vineyards with great passion and devotion over the years. The farm is exactly settled in the amazing Palazzo Squarcialupi, with its cellars and shop, where family organizes wine tours to discover cellars and taste wine, as well as workshops about family and farm history.

The farm produces red, white and rosé wines, grappa, extra virgin olive oil and the traditional Vinsanto, typical Italian dessert wine. These wines are multifaceted, with particular blend of flavors, wild fruit scents and nuances of spices.

The most sought wine is the Chianti Classico, with its intense ruby color.

We were very pleased to taste the white wine called “Rugiada”. It is made up of 50% of Chardonnay grape and 50% of Malvasia del Chianti. All grapes are hand harvested. With its characteristic intense straw-yellow hue, this wine is lightly aromatic of powerful tropical fruits notes and fresh white flowers nose.

A balanced wine with a lovely almond aftertaste. It needs to be seasoned for six/eight months, poured into appropriate French oak barrels.

Fine accompaniments: pasta, risotto, fish, poultry.

La Castellina website: http://www.lacastellina.it/index_en.asp

Valentina Gagliano

Lanius-Knab wine estate #wine #rhine #germany

Lanius-Knab

We are in Oberwesel, a small town on the left bank of Rhine river, in Rhineland-Palatinate State, in Germany. Lanius-Knab is located in this fantastic landscape. The propriety belongs to VDP, the national German association of top quality wine production.

Winemakers themselves affirmed that their high quality wines are made thanks to excellent production process in their cellars and to the quality of their grapes as well, coming from vineyards of the middle Rhine valley.

All the wines of this region are, indeed, well-known for the variety of their splendid nuances, essentially influenced by the different “terroirs” where grapes grow, so weather and territory morphology are the two main elements that made wines singular in their style.Lanius

Modernity and tradition are combined together to produce the wines of the company. First of all, wine is poured into big steel tanks of great value, and then it is refined in traditional seasoned oak barrels.

Engehöller Bernstein vineyard represents more than half of total vineyards of the firm. The basic soil component, the slate, enriches wine of unique peach and apricot aromas. Wines produced in Engehöller Goldmund vineyard have peculiar lemon and apple notes.

Whereas Oberweseler Oelsberg vine has a soil composed of humus, sandstone and slate, which gives special flavors to wines.

We have greatly enjoyed Riesling, all wines are under VDP quality certification:

Riesling 2014, a superb wine.  We can define it as a light, fresh, fruity and mineral wine. Citrus notes strengthen its freshness and make the wine a pleasure for the palate.

Riesling GG (Gewächs lordi) Engehöller Bernstein is an extraordinary wine variety. It has the same particular characteristics of classic Riesling, but it stands out for its strong fragrances. This is more mineral and softer body then others, and very intense too. We really appreciated its lemon aroma and we have been charmed by the production of Riesling carried out in a classic and traditional way, that we didn’t find in other German winemakers instead.

A wonderful winery that we really recommend to visit.

Lanius-Knab company website: http://www.lanius-knab.de/en/

Valentina Gagliano (translation)

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