But not all limoncellos are created equal. Many use cheap commercial lemons, not the sweet, fragrant lemons grown near the sea. This one, from a tiny artisanal producer in Ravello, is made exclusively from the peels of Amalfi Coast lemons, steeped with alcohol, water and sugar. LA Times
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A champagne “blanc de blancs” is made only Chardonnay. These are Champagnes filled with finesse, subtlety, refinement are dominated by white orchard fruit notes.
Color: Light straw yellow with gold-green highlights.
Bouquet: Fragrant with outstanding notes of citrus and a smokey minerality.
Palate: Citrus and white orchard fruit, with a fresh, delicate mouthfeel.
The Ar. Pe. Pe. Rosso di Valtellina has a nose of ripe, dried cherries, with mint and wild mountain herbs. This wine is ethereal, bright and lithe in the mouth and finishes with a spice box warmth that lands gently on the palate and persists.
"The Ar. Pe. Pe. Rosso di Valtellina is very pretty and lifted in feel. Crushed flowers, sweet red berry fruit, mint and white pepper give this an attractive top register of aromatic intensity as this airy, mid-weight Valtellina red opens up in the glass. This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for at least a handful of years. I find it irresistibly delicious right now. Drinking window: 2020 - 2027
Comprised of 85% Sangiovese and a balance of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this laid-back Chianti offers red-skinned berry and baking spice aromas. The palate is simple, with easygoing tannins and ripe red cherry and clove flavors. Enjoy soon.
100% Nebbiolo grapes grown in the hills above Barbaresco. Delicate perfume with aromas of dark cherry and black pepper and a hint of tobacco from a fine cigar.
Elegant and fully ripe with intense fruit and wonderful structure and balance.
Aged two years in oak and one year in the bottle, this wine is drinking very well now
and will age for many years.
Ripe plum and fresh cherry flavors are supported by nice mineral tannins which give this wine great elegance. Let it open and it becomes succulent with a lovely long finish. This wine will age nicely, but it is so delicious and tempting it is hard to wait.
Pale straw yellow with golden hues. Green apple and floral notes combine with a cream texture on the palate.
Serving Suggestions: Perfect for any celebration. Serve as an aperitif or with hors d’oeuvres, cold cuts and fish dishes.
Delightfully pale and frothy, this stylish Prosecco shows traditional flavors of pear and apricot along with a dash of sweetness. Very subtle underlying creamy notes lend texture and depth to this classic example.
New leather, woodland berry, dark spice, and menthol aromas unfold in the glass. It's bright and juicy, offering tight layers of raspberry compote, morello cherry, cinnamon and clove alongside firm, chewy tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance while a graphite note energizes the finish. Give this time to unwind and develop even more complexity. Drink 2023–2038
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Here is a textbook wine from Etna. The 2015 Etna Rosso reflects the basic promises of this exciting appellation. The wine offers power and grace with territory-specific aromas of cigar ash, dark granite and dried black currant. Background tones of wild sage, balsam herb and tar give the wine a greater sense of dimension and depth. The finish is balanced and silky in texture, yet Nerello Mascalese always delivers a firm tannic backbone. Graci lets the fruit speak for itself.
Poured in the glass it looks like liquid gold; rich, warm, glorious.
A cornucopia of ripe fruits and flowers welcome the nose. Notes of apricot, peach, mango, honey, saffron. The taste offers an exotic smoky note that underlines the fruitiness, but with a surprising lively mineral touch and good acidity, making the wine suitable for longevity.
Taurasi is a town in the province of Avellino, Campania, Italy. Taurasi is a historic town which is located in the region of Sannio. The town’s name probably derives from the Latin Taurus. Taurasi and Taurasi riserva are red, still Italian wines based principally on the Aglianico grape. Small percentages of Barbera and Piedirosso are sometimes included. Taurasi received the DOCG status in 1993.
The production of the Aglianico d’Irpinia I.G.T. and Taurasi D.O.C.G wines begins exactly the same: selection of the best grapes, then vinification and fermentation in large steel tanks, followed by racking into large oak barrels (botti). After about 12 months of aging, the part of the wine destined to become Taurasi continues aging in botti, while the wine assigned to become Aglianico I.G.T. is declassified, removed from botti, allowed to soften for around two months in large steel tanks, aged for at least two more months in bottle, and then released for sale.
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Ah, Italia! On the Amalfi Coast, the after-dinner drink of choice is limoncello, an aromatic lemon liqueur served very cold in tiny chilled glasses. Having a late-night limoncello in the piazza--any piazza--quickly becomes a ritual.
Weissburgunder is Pinot Bianco is Pinot Blanc — same grape, grown in the spectacular alpine setting of Alto Adige. From the importer: "The winery Gump (Gumphof) is nestled in the steep slopes at the entry of the Isarco Valley and its vineyards stretch from an altitude of 350 to 550 metres (1,150-1,800 feet) above sea level. The five hectare (ten acres) are planted with Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, Schiava and Pinot Noir wines. At an age of 28, Markus Prackwieser started a quiet transformation and has produced his own wine since. His wines have been sought after both nationally and internationally, especially his outstanding Praesulis Selection wine range. The name Praesulis derives from the nearby Castle of Presule."
The red Vernatsch grape is also known as Schiava which hails from the Alto-Adige region of northern Italy. The vines are trained in the old Pergola system at altitudes ranging from 400 to 450 meters in elevation. Vernatsch is an addictive, lightly hued red wine that works wonders with appetizers and fish alike. Fermented in stainless steel tanks then transferred to old wood barrels to settle for around 7 months before bottling. Serve slightly chilled.
The geographic designation Colli Aprutini, can be used by wines from the province of Teramo. The first historical evidence of winemaking in Abruzzo dates back to Polybius, a Greek historian who lived between 205 and 123 BC. Polybius describes the quality of wines from Piceno-Aprutina, an area which corresponds roughly to modern-day Teramo.
Massetti Francesco uses no chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
Color: golden light color with greenish reflections Bouquet: pleasing and delicate scent, recalls flowers and tropical fruits Taste: Full flavor, harmonious, with persistent aromatic aftertaste Food Pairings: Great for hors d’oeuvres and first courses Serve: tastes best when served at 10˚ to 12˚ C or 50˚– 54˚ F