I've dropped the acronyms DOC and DOCG a few times here. As many of you will know, DOC is a quality assurance label in Italy. It stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, literally: Controlled Designation of Origin. It's a key label to know about when buying Italian wines. In the few Italian towns where German … Continue reading Conegliano – Valdobbiadene and The DOC(G), Part I
The Veneto is the largest wine producing region in Italy. The region tops Tuscany in wine production and, alongside Milan's Lombardy and Turin's Piemonte, is a powerhouse of the industrial and industrious North. Experts regard Tuscany, Piemonte and Veneto as producing the highest quality wines in Italy, but Veneto's wine-prowess is popularly overlooked within Italy … Continue reading Veneto’s Industry
One of my favorite Proseccos is the humble Spago. The word spago means 'string' and refers to a small string along the neck to hold in the cork. For me Spago represents a rustic informality that matches the playfulness of a wine that's for everyday enjoyment. The string is hand-tied, by the fast fast hands of the Veneto's … Continue reading Spago
Sometimes Prosecco doesn't have bubbles. It's still Prosecco, it's just still Prosecco. It's typically called tranquillo and you'd be right to ask, 'what's the point of prosecco without fizz?' Zero-bar tranquillo, first and foremost, is cool because it's a way to focus on the character of the Glera grape as it was enjoyed for centuries … Continue reading Va Tranquillo…It’s Still Prosecco!
I'm not immune to the charms of Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel or for that matter Stefan Zweig's The World of Yesterday, but I'm also not an Austro-nostalgic fighting for the return of the Südtirol to Vienna. Turbulent histories have marked Italy's eastern vineyards, inviting comparisons to France's Champagne region, since somehow the celebratory bubbles … Continue reading Vines of a Lost Emprie
In the old world, regions often take the fame, while grapes and wine names can get lost in the mix. In the Veneto it's a little different. Products like Amarone, Soave and Prosecco are bigger names than their grapes and regional affiliation. Prosecco is where most of my money goes these days and that feels … Continue reading Wines of the Veneto
Venice is the best known destination in the region, but I prefer the charming province of Treviso, which is home to Prosecco wine and Pinarello bicycles. La Strada del Prosecco (Prosecco Trail) would be perfect for an extended Venice trip. A lot of cyclists and wine professionals mispronounce the name of the region, rhyming it with … Continue reading VENETO