I’m thrilled to let you know that WineShop At Home’s 2015 Milano Cellars Dolcetto wine is available! For those of who aren’t yet on the Dolcetto bandwagon, this is an amazing red wine that originates in the Piedmont region of Italy. Italian expatriates brought the grape to CA in the late 1800s. Only 10 or so CA vineyards grow the grape, and only 10 or so CA wineries make the wine. WineShop At Home is lucky enough to be one of those wineries. [Read more…]
To chill or not to chill red wine. That is the big question.
One of my favorite wines is WineShop At Home Dolcetto. This red wine is originally from the Piedmont region of Italy. It’s a very fruity wine that is typically served slightly chilled.
Last night, at the wine tasting I led, I poured each person two sips of Dolcetto, one at room temperature and the other chilled. Every person at the tasting preferred the chilled Dolcetto.
Why does chilling make such a difference? [Read more…]
I’m excited to introduce you to Dolcetto, a beautiful red wine that originates in the Piedmont region of Italy. I believe there are 5 CA vineyards that grow this grape, and 10 CA wineries that make Dolcetto wine. I’m incredibly lucky to be affiliated with WineShop At Home, one of those 10 Dolcetto wineries.
We just released our latest vintage, a 2014, under our Milano Cellars label, the label we use for wines with an Italian origin.
Our Dolcetto has somewhat of a cult following and usually sells out within 6 to 8 weeks of being released. So I’m encouraging you to try the wine very quickly. [Read more…]
Wines from Liguria unfortunately are not well known in the United States. The Ligurian terrain is extensively terraced, producing fairly low yields, and creating a relatively more expensive wine due to higher production costs. After servicing local markets, little volume is left for export. Most Ligurian varietals are used in blending, with the exception of white Pigato and red Ormeasco, the two varietals we will explore in this article.
From a geographical standpoint, of all of Italy’s wine regions, the tiny region of Liguria is considered one of the most interesting. According to Discover Italy’s website, “The Cinque Terre and the Gulf of Poets, the Gulf of Tigullio, Genoa and Paradise Gulf, the Riviera delle Palme and the Riviera dei Fiori make up the famous coast of Liguria which stretches from Ameglia to Ventimiglia, for more than 300 km (186 mi).” [Read more…]
Please join me as I continue to explore the many wonderful Italian wine regions. This week, I decided to take a slightly different approach. I will compare and contrast two Italian regions that are about as different as they come: Piedmont and Basilicata. In looking at these two regions, you don’t get many more exact opposites in a single country. Not only are these regions located completely opposite one another; their cuisine and wines are a study in contrasts borne by geography and history. [Read more…]