Conegliano and Valdobbiadene contribute significantly to the Veneto's status as Italy's largest producer of wines and DOCs, in no small way because, modern Prosecco, originates from this area. In a previous post I discussed DOC(G) Prosecco. Since then I've been reading up on Conegliano and Valdobbiadene as I gear up for a cycling trip between … Continue reading Conegliano – Valdobbiadene and The DOC(G), Part II
The real meaning of enlightenment can be found in the radicchio. That is my philosophy and the philosophy of the Veneto. Like wines that are classified by geographical provenance, Radicchio di Treviso has its own IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) in Italy. And a bit in the way that Prosecco is a modern invention fostered by … Continue reading Raddicchio
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
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