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An exploration of the fabulous Höpler winery #wine #austria #höpler

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Höpler wine estate, placed in the small village of Breitenbrunn, in the Austrian State of Burgenland, has 46 hectares, whose 50% white wine, 45% red wine and 5% sweet wine.

The Pannonian climate, with hot summers and temperate winters, is the optimal condition to allow the growth of good quality grapes, all hand-picked. The soil, composed by different rocks such as clay, limestone and gravel, gives to wines special characteristics.

Exquisite quality of Blaufränkish, St. Laurent, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes perfectly ripe with their particular flavors.

Gradual implementations of technology in the winery are determining evolution of wine production since 2005.

The property has several wine rooms: Aroma room, Treasure room, Sound room, Tasting room etc, where you have the opportunity to gradually discover the world of wine and sharpen your senses. After this unique experience you can go to the cellar and buy wines you have tasted at a completely convenient price.

The company produces world renowned wines: superb reds, fine whites and special sweet wines.

In particular, we have been fascinated by Pinot White, a light yellow wine, very juicy and mouth-filling. It has the unique flavor of the Chinese fruit lychee, mixed with ananas aroma that make it inimitable.

It suits well with white meat and Asian dishes.

Höpler winery website: http://www.hoepler.at/1-1-Home.html

 

 

 

 

 

Wine Advocate reviews about Castello di Bossi wines #wine #siena

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Castello di Bossi winery has received really good reviews by the famous wine critic Robert Parker of Wine Advocate on 30 October 2015.

In particular the three wines reviewed were: Castello di Bossi Girolamo, Castello di Bossi Corbaia and Castello di Bossi Berardo; the first is a Merlot, the second one is a Cabernet Toscana IGT and the other one is a Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG.

The three wines have reached very high scores in 100 points wine scoring-scale: respectively 94/100, 93/100 and 92/100.

All commentaries are extremely detailed about characteristics of wines and enhance their attractive peculiarities and high qualities.

 

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Valentina Gagliano

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

 

 

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

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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

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