Vermentino is a surprisingly eclectic grape variety. It grows in Liguria, Tuscany, Corsica and even in Spain and it's rich in taste and olfactory impressions, as well as versatile on the table. In short: an excellent companion of for the everyday table.
As I put my glass back down on the table, my nostrils are filled with heady and ripe aromas and my mind overcome by amazing sensations: the Brunello.
The history of Amarone is closely tied to that of Recioto and the ancient Romans. The Romans were the first to understand the real potential of this land for making wine.
Albana di Romagna’s first claim to fame came about in the year 453 CE. Legend has it that a noble woman, Galla Placidia, sang its praises after having drunk a glass of it. Her exclamation - “You should not drink this wine in such a humble container.
These days, tocai cannot be called such because of a legal battle Italy lost to Hungary, who claims the rights to the origins of the name. The problem is, Italian tocai has no relationship whatsoever with the tokaji Aszú.
Prosecco is available all over the world now, but it is also a wine of great contrasts. It has a very long history and even the Romans seemed to have enjoyed, calling it pucino.
All too often the mention of Lambrusco brings to mind a sparkly wine of little import. But there’s something wrong with that, it’s not right, especially for this wine and the great history it has behind it.
Cirò is a name we don’t usually associate with wine. But it is not just a town in Calabria, it is also a wine denomination. Legends tell us about how the Greeks used the grapes of the vineyards in the Cirò district to make an exquisite wine that was even drunk during the era’s Olympic games.
This characteristic wine from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean began attracting the interest of winemakers in the mid-1800s. Cultivated all over California, it was hugely popular until the early 1900s, when the abundance of wine made with it undermined its quality.
Kerner is a white wine which, up until recently, could really only be found on the tables of connoisseurs. Now, however, it is starting to attract the attention of the public at large, people who, once they have tried it, fall in love with it.
Maybe it’s a sense of nostalgia for that which is such an important part of our history, but Tuscan Chianti remains one of the most popular wines in the centre-north of Italy and abroad. The Chianti does not, however, just mean a wine.