Tag Archives: Chianti

Classic Chianti – The Rodney Dangerfield Of Italian Wine

Classic Chianti – The Rodney Dangerfield Of Italian Wine

“So why is Chianti so unappreciated? Including my (Nick Passmore) pick of the ten best Chiantis. A few years ago I was talking to the sommelier of a high-end Italian restaurant in New York, and he complained that the hardest wine on his list to sell was Chianti. But why? He had no real explanation, and […]

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• Visit 100 year old wine in a wine cellar

Visit 100 year old wine in a wine cellar

Do you know where the oldest classified wine region is in Europe? (Don’t worry, I didn’t). It’s not Bordeaux, it’s not Porto in Portugal or Chianti in Italy. In a corner of Northeast Hungary is the little-known Tokaj wine trail, and here, many of the stone wine cellars were built as early as the the mid-1500s. […]

• Love Italian wines? WineFest this Saturday at The Wine House

Love Italian wines? WineFest this Saturday at The Wine House

Dalla Terra Italian Fest Saturday, February 23, 2013 1:00- 3:00PM With Passed Appetizers $45. Dalla Terra has long been considered one of the finest importers of Italian wines. Their selection has few rivals and we are pleased to give you the opportunity to taste through their portfolio. We will taste the wines of some of […]

• Fine Italian Wines, Vintage Cars & the Ghost of Biggie Smalls

Fine Italian Wines, Vintage Cars & the Ghost of Biggie Smalls

Sometimes when cursing the gods you forget they let you go to amazing events like today’s Dalla Terra Winery Direct Annual Portfolio Tasting.  Done on the roof-top of the Peterson Automotive Museum (yes, the one where Biggie was gunned down by the unknown assailant) -– it had 19 Italian Wineries for perusing. I thought it would […]

• Cooks discover the distinctive flavors of traditional grappa, limoncello

Cooks discover the distinctive flavors of traditional grappa, limoncello

Grappa is generally thought of as firewater, 90-proof rocket fuel. The spirit, which originated in southern Italy and Sicily in the Middle Ages, has been described as the cheap and portable form of central heating for peasants. Fermented from the dregs of the wine-making process — seeds, pulp, skin and stems — it traditionally was scorned […]

• Prosecco is so yesterday. Franciacorta, the Italian sparkling wine you'll be hearing more about

Prosecco is so yesterday. Franciacorta, the Italian sparkling wine you'll be hearing more about

Franciacorta – Italy’s little known sparkling wine – rivals champagne in taste and quality, but not price. Mark it down for your next Italy travel. Franciacorta is a wine production zone similar to Chianti or Valpolicella. The picturesque area is in the province of Brescia, midway between Verona and Milan. It has lush rolling hills […]