Tag Archives: Nonino

• 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 […]

• 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 […]