Posts tagged IGT

Feudo Di Santa Tresa’s 2007 Sicilia IGT Nivuro, Sicily, Italy

If you want to paint a picture of Sicily fifty years ago, you would think of old ladies in frumpy dresses preparing supper outdoors, kids running around the yard and old men sipping wine, smoking cigarettes and gesticulating frantically about the mundane goings on around them. Feudo Di Santa Tresa's 2007 Sicilia IGT Nivuro tastes just like that glass of wine the geezers were sipping on – including the smoke. 70% Nero D'Avola and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon this wine lives on the fine edge between smooth Read more [...]

Michele Satta Toscana IGT Cavaliere 2004, Tuscany, Italy

Wine producer Michele Satta from Tuscany, Italy produces a wide range of wines. Relying on some traditional DOC blends and branching out with non DOC conforming products – he really adopts the principle of variety being the spice of life. One of the best value wines he offers is his Toscana IGT Cavaliere. I sampled the 2004 version and this 100% Sangiovese in the company of vineyard big-wig Fabio Motta. He talked about the taste and mentioned Cocoa – I tasted truffle, the chocolate variety of Read more [...]

Toscana IGT Quattro Chiacchiere 2004, Tuscany, Italy

Tuscan Whites are traditionally made from the Vernaccia di San Gimignano grape. The two wines I will be music matching today represent the traditional and a “Super”Tuscan made from the ubiquitous Chardonnay grape. Azienda Agricola Colognole has planted Chardonnay grapes in their fertile Tuscan vineyards – eschewing traditional techniques and concocting a mature, and sensual wine that could be best paired with some Barry White, candlelight evenings and a bear-skin rug lying in front of a smouldering Read more [...]

Tasting Notes: Unfamiliar Italy.

If only somebody would write a geography text book based on wine making, we would all have a better understanding of the world we live in and we would learn to enjoy wonderful wines made with a greater variety of grapes, winemakers and winemaking techniques. During my last blog I made mention of a couple tools that we all use in our daily lives but wine enthusiasts could make better use of when educating themselves about their wines. Google and Wikipedia. Use maps and varietel descriptions to familiarize Read more [...]

Tastng Notes: Puglia, and Sardegna

Most wine stores stock Italian wines the same way tour operators offer trips to the Mediterranean country. You might see a 10 day trip to Italy advertised as, 4 days in Rome, 3 in Milan, 2 in Tuscany and 1 day somewhere else to make you think you saw the entire country. Wine stores are much the same, 40% Tuscany, 30% Veneto, 20% Piemonte and 10% falling under the not so sexy header of “Other Italian.” My apologies to all the wine store managers out there reading this and feeling self conscious. I Read more [...]
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