Prosecco is today an internationally famous brand. A wine rightly appreciated all over the world for the surprising versatility that makes it easy to match with a multitude of dishes as a great choice for every occasion. Its aromatic and delicate taste also makes it a widely accessible wine, while remaining a wine that is anything but obvious.
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This popular proverb has a long tradition: «in the small barrel there is good wine».
And if, before arriving in the barrel, the grapes are already ‘little’?
Sommelier Roberto Matetich tells us the secrets of Lugana, the official wine of the 77th Italian Open
The Milanese September temperatures, much softer than the oppressive heat of the nearby August but still far from the autumnal greyness, encourage you to discover and discover. On this occasion, we went towards a rediscovery, participating in the “Armonie senza tempo” (Timeless Harmony) Masterclass, held by the Lugana DOC Consortium to tell the public about the lesser-known aspects of a wine that is often an underrated protagonist of our tables.
Brunello di Montalcino is the Tuscan wine with the longest maturation: it requires over 4 years of ageing. By law, it must remain in wooden barrels for at least 24 months and can only be put on sale starting from January of the fifth year following the harvest. So, this year the 2015’s Brunello are coming out (2016’s Brunello will be released from January 2021).
On our left, the vineyard extends along the slopes of a small closed and concave valley, protected by winds and sudden changes of temperature and guarded by the castle of Albana, rising at the beginning of the valley.
Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is a successful grape of the Bordeaux region in France, that has been planted all over the world. There are sought-after wines made with Merlot like Château Petrus in Pomerol (France). At the same time, Merlot is sometimes blamed for its simplicity.
In a border area between the Chianti Classico and the Val d’Elsa, halfway from Florence and Siena, overlooking the marvellous city of San Gimignano and its towers, for almost 40 years I Balzini has been producing long-lived, elegant wines. The winery was founded by Vincenzo D’Isanto, later joined by his wife Antonella and more recently by his daughter Diana. Since few years Diana is leading the family business.
The boom in winemaking along the coast of Tuscany is relatively recent. Sassicaia, on the market since 1972 (harvest 1968), acted as a trailblazer of an incredible enological progress of the area to the south of Pisa (province of Livorno).