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LUCIANO SANDRONE – RECOGNITION FROM WINE SPECTATOR

December 20, 2011 by Christine No Comments »

We are very excited to share with you the scores we recently received from Antonio Galloni in the Wine Advocate.  Writing in Issue 197 of October 2011, he said:

 “This is a gorgeous set of entry-level wines from Luciano Sandrone that speak to the estate’s unwavering commitment to quality throughout the range. These are fabulous wines that make a great introduction to the work of one of Piedmont’s leading estates.”

 Thank you Antonio for recognizing that we take quality at every level extremely seriously. We strive to put the same care, passion and dedication into every bottle we make, whether it be the basic Dolcetto or a bottle of Barolo Cannubi Boschis.

 Here are the comments and scores for the entry-level wines just released:

2009 Nebbiolo d’Alba “Valmaggiore”  92 points

 “The 2009 Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore is striking. It flows from the glass with sweet red fruits, flowers, spices and herbs in a very representative expression of this site. This is a gorgeous, poised Nebbiolo with wonderful mid-palate sweetness and fabulous overall balance. A clean, saline finish gives the wine its focus and proportion on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019.”

  2009 Barbera d’Alba  90 points

“The 2009 Barbera d’Alba impresses for its silkiness, finesse and sheer harmony. This is a mid-weight vintage for the Barbera, but here, too, the wine’s balance is totally irresistible. This shows lovely mid-palate pliancy in a feminine style that is incredibly appealing. Sweet dark cherries, flowers and subtle hints of French oak linger on the polished, impeccable finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016.” 

2010 Dolcetto d’Alba  90 points

“The 2010 Dolcetto d’Alba is a beautifully articulated, vibrant wine loaded with varietal character. In keeping with the personality of the year, this is less fruit driven than many other recent vintages, but that is actually a plus here given the low yields that inform the estate’s wines. The Dolcetto shows terrific intensity and verve from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.”

We would also like to thank all of you who have supported and enjoyed our wines over the years. We truly appreciate your continued interest and we will always strive to exceed your expectations for our wines.

 With warmest regards, 

 Luciano Sandrone

Barbara Sandrone

Luca Sandrone

 

You can find Sandrone wines in our on-line shop at www.atasteofitaly.ie

We look forward to seeing you there

 

Vinchio – Vaglio Serra

December 16, 2011 by Christine No Comments »

Vinchio Vaglio Serra is a “Vinegrowers Association” located near Asti in the town of Vinchio. Far from your typical “social winery,” Vinchio Vaglio Serra controls all aspects of the production process from vine to bottle.

Their wines have garnered the highest possible praise from Gambero Rosso, and for good reason. The Barbera grape thrives in the hills of Monferrato, and Vinchio Vaglio Serra truly knows Barbera.

The many growers associated with Vinchio Vaglio Serra have a long history with the cantina. Founded in 1959, the cantina has dedicated itself to promoting the illustrious, if often under-rated Barbera grape. Although they produce many other wines, Barbera is clearly the focus at this modern winery. All of the members of the winery are committed to working with a low environmental impact, reducing the use of pesticides.

The focus on quality in the vineyard is immediately recognisable when opening a bottle, and affirmed when visiting the vineyards surrounding the town of Vinchio. A more peaceful setting cannot be imagined, with the surrounding hills covered in vines, primarily Barbera.

But Vinchio Vaglio Serra is not limited toBarbera.  Their Barolo and Barbaresco are excellent representations of Nebbiolo, and you can also try their Moscato and Brachetto.

Vinchio – Vaglio Serra wines have won awards across the world.

In our shop you can buy La Romantica  2010 – a cabernet merlot mix which won a bronze medal in the Korean wine challenge.

Or if you prefer Barbera, we have I Tre Vescovi 2009 which was awarded a silver medal in the international wine challenge 2011, a bronze medal in Decanter WWA 2011 and silver (best in class) in IWSC 2011.

Sei Vigne Insynthesis has won Gold medals from Decanter and from ISWC as well as 2 red glasses from Gambero Rosso. This isn’t on the website but is available upon request.

These wines and more are available from our on line shop at www.atasteofitaly.ie

Enjoy a bottle of Vinchio Vaglio Serra wine today

 

Salcheto – the only energy self sufficient winery in Italy

December 8, 2011 by Christine No Comments »

This years harvest was an important one for Salcheto. The 2011 vintage was harvested, is being and will be vinified without any use of fossil fuels! In fact Salcheto managed to cut itself off from the national grid this year and is now wholly self sufficient for its energy needs.

Salcheto have achieved this in part by reducing their need for electricity through innovative energy saving tenchniques such as solar collectors, vertical gardens and the capture and circulation of cool night air to provide air conditioning in the summer. The gases produced during the fermentation process can be used to stir the must.

35% of the energy  gained from biomass is obtained from the vines themselves with sustainable hedge, bush and tree management providing the rest of the biomass energy.

Geothermic energy is used through 400 meters of probes buried throughout the vineyards.

Solar energy provides the remaining needs.

Salcheto have created their new innovative winery with accessiblilty for visitors and would welcome anybody who wishes to take a stroll along the paths through the terrain or browse through the visitor centre.

Salcheto have also made the notable achievement of being able to provide the first European Carbon Footprint for a bottle of wine, thanks to a scientific committee established around the company’s projects and coordinated by Prof. Domenico Andreis of Siena University. The result of this research which constitutes a first benchmark for the industry is 2.02 kg CO2 equivalent per 750 ml bottle of wine, first index of such a kind to be certified worldwide inside an inventory based on ISO 14064 standard.

Well done Salcheto.

 

 

Vallersoa Bonci

November 14, 2011 by Christine 2 Comments »

VALLEROSA BONCI

 

 Cupramontana, the ancient native land of verdicchio, is situated in the heart of the Marches, on one of the sunny, green hills bordering the valley of the Esino river.
There the Bonci family has been producing and marketing wine for at least three generations.

The special microclimate, the careful selection of grape, the careful selection of grapes, many years of artisan experience in wine making, combined with the use of the most up to date techniques, make Vallerosa Bonci a leading farm in the field of quality wines.

 

ROSSO PICENO DOC 2009

 

Made from Montepulciano and Sangiovese grapes, this ruby red wine has marked fruity and floral aromas. On the palate it is rich and full-bodied with traces of plum and carob.

It matches perfectly with all pasta, meat and cheese dishes.

 

 

 

VERDICCHIO CLASSICO DOC 2010

This is a Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi made with 100% verdicchio grapes. It has a straw colour with green reflections. The aroma is fresh and aromatic and on the palate it is caressing and sapid with a good persistence.

It should be drunk with pasta, risotto or soup as well as white meats, fish and fresh cheese.

 

 

 

Even more great wines

August 22, 2011 by Christine No Comments »

I hope you’ve all been enjoying your summer. We’ve been busy sourcing even more new wines for you to try. 

WHITE WINES

 

Podere Castorani (Jarno Trulli) 

Amorino Pecorino Abruzzo DOC 2010

A Pecorino with an intense straw yellow colouring and an aroma of pears, white flowers and exotic fruit.

To the palate it is well structured with exotic and citrus fruit, full and caressing, with an aftertaste of ripe fruit.

Gianni Gagliardo

Fallegro Langhe DOC 2010

Made from favorita grapes in the Roero region, this white has a delicate aroma, reminiscent of acacia flowers and an elegantly tart, slightly fizzy taste.

It is perfect as an aperitif or ideal on pate, with oily dishes, tarts with butter, smoked salmon caviar, fish.

 RED WINES

 San Fabiano Calcinaia

Chianti Classico DOCG 2008

From the Sangiovese vineyards of San Fabiano (250 m). It ages in barrels of 2nd and 3rd passage for a period of 12 months and then it stays in the bottle at least three months. It is the synthesis of Chianti tradition: land and vines, combined with modern winemaking and more time to care quality. Suitable for ready consumption, however, it improves after a medium period of ageing

 SPARKLING WINES

 

          Nino Franco

          Faíve Rosé Brut

          Variety and grapes: 80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
         Type: Rosé Brut
         The wine has a rose petal pink colour. A long persistence, creamy, brut but with natural softness and fruity aromas of red fruit and pears

It is very good as an aperitif but also perfect throughout the whole meal

 

Selva Capuzza – Two new wines

July 25, 2011 by Christine No Comments »

In the hills south of Lake Garda lies Selva Capuzza with their vineyards, olive groves and truffle producing woodlands.

The winery was first built in 1908 and has been operating under the name of Selva Capuzza since 1983.

These wines are produced with full commitment to the local and indigenous grape varieties through the experience of four generations of wine making.

Selva Capuzza is a peculiar place located between the lake and the hills, it shows unique characters such as the particular soil made of clay and stones and a height that offers a healthy ventilation.

These wines want to express the feeling of the place, the character of the local tradition, the identity of the indigenous grapes.

A Taste of Italy now offers two of these exceptional wines – Lugana San Vigilio and Garda Classico Groppello San Bagio.

 

Gorey Agricultural Show

June 16, 2011 by Christine 2 Comments »

If anyone is in North Wexford this weekend, come and find us at Gorey Agricultural Show (www.goreyagriculturalshow.com). You’ll have a chance to taste all of the Tola wines and try some prosecco too.

We’ll also have some great pasta, sauces, breadsticks and dips on sale.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Christine

 

TOLA – A Taste of Sicily

June 8, 2011 by Christine No Comments »

   The Tola Winery (www.vinitola.it/EN/index.html) produces wine from their  vineyards which are situated in Tola’s estate of Bosco Falconeria and Giambascio at about 400 mt above sea level, in the most glamorous Sicilian ” terroir ” , between Palermo and Trapani, where the planes blown by warm Scirocco winds and light sea breezes give way to the sweet and sunny hills.

Love for the land, great respect for the nature, enthusiasm and pleasure in creating along with passion for the wine, characterise our way of living and our philosophy of work.
The Tola family has been taking care of their vineyards and creating a range of high quality wines for over three generations.

A Taste of Italy offers you the basic range from Tola at less than €10.00 per bottle in our on line shop. Have a look at the Njiro range and enjoy the taste of the sun. We’re offering a special discount on these wine until 8th July

 

 

On-Line Shop – Loads of New Wines

June 7, 2011 by Christine 1 Comment »

For all those of you who use our on-line shop or who would like to check it out, we’ve just finished updating it with plenty of new wines. We’ve also added a couple of categories to make it easier for you.

Have a look at our under €10.00 section for some great wines from Sicily and Abruzzo.

Or try our half bottle selection to be brave with some amazing wines without the cost of a full bottle.

www.atasteofitaly.ie

Happy Shopping.


 

Starters in Cristina’s Italian Restaurant

May 23, 2011 by Christine No Comments »

Recently we ate in Cristina’s Italian Restuarant in Main Street, Gorey (053-9480808)  for a special occasion. Cristina’s is new blood in an old venue and works well. Ivan, the chef, comes from Naples and brings passion into cooking. So although they do offer chips with everything (you have to survive!), they are not compulsory and for anyone who wants real Italian cooking in North Wexford, this is a must. 

 

 The cold meats and cheese platter

 

I’d like to share our starters with you. We had, very simply, bruschette with a cheese and cold meats platter. The cheese and cold meats were well presented and offered a wide selection. The bruschette were simple – as they should be. Lightly toasted thick cut white bread topped with extra virgin olive oil, fresh chopped tomatoes and a sprinkle of salt and oregano. The proof that food doesn’t necessarily need hours of cooking to be a taste sensation.

And what to drink with this? Our choice was a Trebbiano D’Abbruzzo by Pietrantonj. This decisive, full bodied and lively white wine is well priced for today’s difficult times. Of course, for those who still want to splash out, Jarno Trulli (the formula one driver) also produces a couple of very good Trebbianos  in his vineyards – Podere Castorani.

Well done Cristina’s. We’ll definitely be back.