Tag Archives: Grappa

• ADI’s 7th Annual Judging of Artisan American Spirits

ADI’s 7th Annual Judging of Artisan American Spirits

Every year ADI (American Distilling Institute) conducts the only major spirits competition in the U.S. that focuses exclusively on artisan spirits. The evaluation is “blind,” and conducted with perfect transparency with a distinct panel of judges.  This year’s categories include the addition of Gin, as well as Brandy (including Eaux de Vie and Grappa), Whiskey […]

• Not your grandfather’s grappa

Not your grandfather’s grappa

If you think of grappa as a harsh after-dinner drink you have to swill down quickly as a shot, it’s time to re-explore this distilled spirit, made from the pomace of wine grapes. New World producers are refining the spirit into something wholly enjoyable and diverse, an effective digestif that can also be paired throughout […]

• Grappa: The much-maligned digestif has evolved

Grappa: The much-maligned digestif has evolved

The bar at CinCin in Vancouver is a shrine to the ascent of grappa, Italy’s often maligned signature after-dinner spirit. Eighty-five bottles glisten from three semi-circular shelves, some of them beautifully hand-blown. Among the treasures is Gaja Sperss, from the famous Barbaresco wine producer. It’s not your father’s grappa, or, at least, not my Italian […]

• 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 […]

• Great Way To Try Grappa: Sage-Pear-Grappa Summer Punch

Great Way To Try Grappa: Sage-Pear-Grappa Summer Punch

This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Party Drink. I came up with this recipe to go with a pork dinner, when our sage bush was going wild. It’s fruity but not too sweet, summery but sophisticated. It pairs well with figs, dates, pesto, & pork. It’s also lovely, light, & summery […]

• Pisco – the Latin Libation

Pisco – the Latin Libation

Pisco. ( Pronounced Peace-co) It’s the Peruvian version of Grappa. To those who haven’t had it before, Grappa is a rough brandy made from the leavings of wine production, the stems and skins and seeds of which are pressed (Grappa is “press” or “clamp” in Italian) and distilled to a high-temperature, sometimes rugged brandy. Pisco has […]

• Glorious Grappa! Artisanal producers reinvent Italy’s signature spirit

Glorious Grappa! Artisanal producers reinvent Italy’s signature spirit

Artisanal grappa producers reinvent Italy’s signature spirit. Some beverage enthusiasts have a bias against grappa. And it’s clear (pardon the pun) how that bias originated. Grappa is a clear spirit made from the leftovers of winemaking; how can you make a fine spirit from grape garbage…Dionysian detritus? But grappa detractors need to taste some of […]

Grappa finally getting some respect

Grappa finally getting some respect

Grappa, a grape-based brandy made from the residual gunk left from the winemaking process, is one of those genius creations that is basically something made with leftovers, a way of making the most of the materials at hand. But, like patched blue jeans, sausage, and chicken stock, it has a utility and a spirit all […]

Read More

• Dream about being a craft distiller? Reigister for ADI's Craft Distilling Conference

Dream about being a craft distiller? Reigister for ADI's Craft Distilling Conference

FOCUS on APPLE BRANDY Brandies, Grappa, Fortified Wines & Cognac The Benson Hotel, Portland, Oregon April 4-8, 2011

• Grappa, the fiery spirit lives on

Grappa, the fiery spirit lives on

Once the crude, fiery drink of Italian peasants, grappa has now acquired top-shelf status alongside single-malt Scotch and great Cognac. And some of the very best examples of this husk spirit are proudly South African.  South Africa boasts a long and proud brandy tradition, but production of pomace brandy or grappa only dates back […]

• Italian distiller produces premium native beverage, GRAPPA

Italian distiller produces premium native beverage, GRAPPA

An Italian company with 103 years in the distillation business knows that it must have superior distilling equipment and supplies to produce a high quality grappa, an alcoholic beverage that is native to Italy. That’s why Bonollo uses only Tudertechnica’s Tusil Bright silicone hose to produce its premium native beverage. Italy is the world leader […]

• When flavors collide. Marolo camomile infused grappa.

When flavors collide. Marolo camomile infused grappa.

If you drink grappa you know it can be an eye squinting affair while you get this often harsh drink down your throat. Not the case with this one. I recommend trying this stuff if you get a chance. A full bottle can a little expensive but luckily they have these small sampler bottles at […]

• Spray your food with Bling!

Spray your food with Bling!

Not quite booze news, although ingredients include grappa and brandy, we couldn’t resist alerting you to the fact that you might have been missing out on ‘blinging’ your food.  Here are two kitchen mists  one a brandy, chilli and gold flake mix, the other a blend of grappa and silver, which you spray on drinks, […]

• Ever try a grappa cocktail? Try one, you'll like it

Ever try a grappa cocktail? Try one, you'll like it

Grappa is a classic spirit that is often found in the back of your bar cabinet, but now’s the time to dig it out. It is becoming the fashionable spirit to mix in a cocktail. Grappa is also the alternative digestive to cognac.

Grappa – Try It, You'll Like It! Here's a Grappa primer to get you started

Grappa is a distillate made from grape skins and residues after pressing. The history of grappa goes back to 1000 A.D. when the Medical School of Salerno codified the rules for the concentration of alcohol through distillation and prescribed its use as a cure for various diseases.

Read More