Adami ‘Bosco di Gica’ Prosecco Superiore Brut Valdobbiadene DOCG NV

The Adami Winery was founded by “Grandfather Abele” when he purchased the “Giardino” vineyard (whose name “Zardini” dates to 1717) from Count Balbi-Valier in 1920. Located in the Alta Marca area near Treviso, the land was renowned for its white wines as far back as the Middle Ages. Documents dated in 1606 show the wines “were exported and appreciated “in Venice, Germany and as far afield as Poland”.

Today, the 3rd generation of the family, Armando and Franco, are producing “some of the best spumante wines of the Valdobbiadene”. The family has 12 hectares of vineyards along with 38 hectares farmed by “other small growers with time-honored links to the winery, and sharing its commitment to quality.”

Philosophy: “This is how the family expresses the values of their land: sound work, respect for human relationships, a sense of hospitality and continuity between past and present. An estate, and above all, a family.”

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from vineyards with mixed soils; glacial soil in the hills, shallow clay and calcareous soils at higher elevations. Bosco di Gica is the name of the forest first documented 600 years ago, near where the grapes are harvested.

Tasting Notes: Gold in colour with aromas of apple, lemon, honeysuckle and a trace of fresh bread. Golden apple, citrus, honey and white flowers glide atop solid little bubbles. A hint of buttery bread with a drizzle of honey lingers between each dry, fizzy sip. Bright acidity maintains balance and freshness.

Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Ideal as an aperitif, but also a wine to be enjoyed throughout a meal, especially with cacio e pepe pasta.

95-97% Glera, 3-5% Chardonnay
Valdobbiadene DOCG
Bottled by Adami SRL
11% Alcohol
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The United Wines of Veneto Master Class at Eataly, NYC


I was delighted to attend The United Wines of Veneto Master Class held at Eataly NYC last month. The class was presented by the Consortium for all Veneto Wines or Unione Consorzi Vini Veneti DOC [U.Vi.Ve.], who represent the wide variety of Veneto wines. Veneto is located in the northeastern corner of Italy, and is the country’s foremost wine producing region. Veneto wines are amongst the most recognized names in Italian wine; Valpolicella, Soave, Amarone and the seemingly unstoppable Prosecco, to name a few. This was such a richly comprehensive experience, [including a surprise guest appearance by the incredible chef and author Lidia Bastianich] so I have attempted to distill all the information down to a manageable piece, below are my abridged highlights of the afternoon.


Lidia Bastianich, Arturo Stocchetti , President of the Unione Consorzi Vini Veneti DOC and Nazareno Vicenzi, who acted as interpreter and speaker for the class.

Led by Unione Consorzi Vini Veneti DOC president Arturo Stocchetti [in addition he is also the Consorzio Soave president] the presidents and directors of 6 of the 21 Consortiums of Veneto discussed their wines and regions. Each one of these consortiums within Veneto is responsible for protecting the quality of wine, specifications, traditions and innovation of the region, along with its promotion. The purpose of the Unione Consorzi Vini Veneti is “to represent the region as a whole, the history and the unique wine-making traditions”. The title, “United Wines of Veneto” is a reflection of the “strong collaboration between world renowned Prosecco and Amarone producers along with a wide culture of smaller high quality wineries and working together to represent our traditions, character and characteristics”. The predominate theme was that Veneto wines “are approachable because of price, variety and food friendliness”. The nearly universal belief that food and wine go together in Italy is spreading globally, and friendly Veneto wines can be paired with all types of cuisine.

Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG


Giulia Pussini of Consorzio Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore and Nazareno Vicenzi

The Consorzio has only protected the Prosecco region since 2009. It is a highly productive area that currently exports about 65% of its 300 million bottles produced. With a 33.5% increase in export in 2014, the US is the region’s 3rd largest market, following behind the UK and Germany. President of the Prosecco DOC Consortium, Stefano Zanette along with the Director of the Consortium believe that due to the modern characteristics of Prosecco, such as its low alcohol content and delicate flavours, the US market will only continue to grow. It has a way to go to unseat the UK in the number one spot, especially considering the recent numbers associated with New Year’s Eve purchases, the Daily Mail reported “that Marks & Spencer’s Prosecco sales were up by 45% on the same period in the previous year”. Excitement for Prosecco has only increased with The Drinks Business reporting that 2014 was a spectacular year for Prosecco, as its demand “had seen global sales overtake Champagne for the first time”.

Astoria Conegliano Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene DOCG Extra Dry Millesimato 2012
Pale gold in colour with summery aromas of peach and fresh hay. Light apple and melon flavours along with delicate bubbles culminate in a slightly sweet, crisp finish.
100% Glera
11-12% Alcohol
$21 [average price]
Winery pairing suggestions: Fish dishes, appetizers and desserts.

Custoza DOC vineyards are in the southern area of the Bardolino region. Custoza wines are characterized by the fact that they are a blend, rather then a singular varietal. The most predominate grapes used in the blend are Garganega, Trebbianello and Bianca Fernanda, although other grapes grown in the area are permitted, such as Fernanda and Trebbiano. Overall the wines are known for their delicate fruit notes, herbaceousness, minerality and almond finish.

Azienda Agricola Cavalchina Custoza DOC 2013
Fresh and bright with ripe tropical fruits and an herbaceous undercurrent, finishing with clean minerals. Wonderfully delicate and refreshing.
40% Garganega, 30% Fernanda, 15% Trebbianello, 15% Trebbiano
13.5% Alcohol
$15 [average price]
Winery pairing suggestions: Fish dishes and appetizers.

Lugana DOC
Presented by Carlo Veronese, Director of the Consorzio per la Tutela Lugana DOC, the Lugana DOC is a small region located on the southern coast of Lake Garda. The area has a little over 100 producers that generate about 13 million bottles of mainly white wine made from the Turbiana grape wine a year. A combination of the clay soil left behind by glaciers and winemaking techniques, the wines are known for their dry, unoaked, easy-drinking style and refreshing acidity. Germany is their biggest export market; the US is a new market and focus, as the charming grape with unclear origins is becoming known for its distinctive flavours.

Ottella ‘Le Creete’ Lugana DOC 2013
Brillliant gold in colour, smooth and buttery with an engaging balance of sweet honeysuckle and savoury herbaceous notes culminating in a refreshing, dry mineral finish that keeps you reaching for more.
100% Trebbiano de Lugano
13% Alcohol
$18 [average price]
Winery pairing suggestions: Sea or lake fish, white meat, soups and a surprising affinity with tasty cheese.

Bardolino DOC


Franco Cristoforetti, President, Consorzio Tutela Vino Bardolino

Bardolino is located in the western part of the Veneto region. The area benefits from the glacial soil and the consistent microclimate of the Alps and Lake Garda. The wines are made with the same grapes as nearby Valpolicella wines; Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, as with everything else in Italy, the Bardolino wines have their own distinctive personality. Whilst Valpolicella wines have been called “the Italian Beaujolais” Bardolino wines are light, fresh and super versatile, in fact they are known as the “all meal wine”, able to pair with any type of dish. Similar in structure, yet each with their own unique characteristics. Bardolino wines are meant to be enjoyed young, although many can take up to 5 years or so of ageing.

Vigneti Villabella ‘Vigna Morlongo’ Bardolino Classico DOC 2013
Aged in stainless steel, light, elegant with fresh cherry and strawberry flavours accented by candied violets and crushed white peppercorn, delightfully finishing with nuances of smoky earth.
55% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, 15% Corvinone
12.5% Alcohol
$16 [average price]
Winery pairing suggestions: Extremely versatile and can be enjoyed throughout the entire meal with appetizers, pasta, risotto, pulse-based soups, white meats. Also try it with a slight chill.

Valpolicella DOC


Christian Marchesini, President of the Consortium for the Tutelage of Valpolicella DOC Wines [Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Valpolicella] with Nazareno Vicenzi

Since Roman times both the land and family winemaking traditions have been faithfully passed down from generation to generation in Valpolicella. Christian Marchesini is responsible for the Consortium’s philosophy of “Reduce Save Respect”, which reflects the honor placed on family traditions, along with environmental protection and awareness that the land needs to be safeguarded for the future generations. Valpolicella wines are made in a broad spectrum of styles, from the light Beaujolais style of Classico, to the more weightier ripasso classic superior to the intense, rich Amarone. Clearly, just within Valpolicella there is a wine for everyone and every dish. One of the key themes of the class was that Italian wines are made to go with food, it was not a surprise when Christian Marchesini noted that Amarone pairs superbly with Risotto dishes. A traditional paring in the region, rice has been cultivated in Veneto since at least 1475. [We were fortunate to experience this spectacular pairing first hand, as we enjoyed this Valpolicella along with Risi & Bisi, a traditional Veneto risotto dish, recipe by the great Mario Batali.]

Gerardo Cesari Mara Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore 2012
Intense yet wonderfully focused with bold, jammy cherry notes contrasting with hints of delicate wildflowers, a long, velvety finish of smoky cedar and earthy summer forest echoes the powerful beginning.
70-75% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
13.5% Alcohol
$20 [average price]
Winery pairing suggestions: Versatile, enjoy especially with risotto, sausage sand mushrooms.





Media event sponsored by Unione Consorzi Vini Veneti DOC

Nino Franco ‘Rustico’ Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene NV


Straightforward with an elegant edge, this is a refreshing, versatile Prosecco fantastic on its own or with appetizers, or even light risotto and pasta dishes. [One of my favourite Prosecco!]

Estate: Antonio Franco founded Nino Franco in 1919. He named the estate located in Valdobbiadene, at the foot of the Prealps in the Veneto region of northern Italy “Cantine Franco”. Headed by Primo Franco [the 3rd generation], the estate has expanded over the years and today the winery is one of the oldest in Valdobbiadene. Known not only for his “high quality and delicious wines” but also for his charm, spontaneity and open mind, Primo Franco was one of the “first pioneers” to export Prosecco internationally.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from hillside vineyards at medium to high altitudes. Fermented in stainless steel, second fermentation in “cuve close”. [Tank fermentation or Charmat Method]

Tasting Notes: Light gold in colour with aromas of apple, fresh bread and floral hints. Creamy lemon and clean minerals joined steady, delicate bubbles that culminated in a crisp, dry finish.

100% Glera
Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene
Bottled by Nino Franco
11% Alcohol
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Rated 90 points by The Wine Advocate


Lamberti Prosecco Extra Dry NV


Fruity and fizzy, this is an easy sipping Prosecco great on its own or with light dishes.

Estate: Lamberti is a family estate founded in 1964 on the shores of Lake Garda in the Veneto region of northern Italy. The family has established itself as an innovative winery “credited with having re-vitalized classic wines” from Veneto. They are known for crafting “approachable wines that combine tradition with a modern style”.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from hillside vineyards in Treviso in the Veneto region of northern Italy. The grapes were “harvested slightly before full maturation to preserve acidity”.

Tasting Notes: Pale gold in colour with aromas of honeysuckle and apple. Crisp apple and pear flavours joined small fizzy bubbles, whilst sweet honeysuckle notes were complimented by a cleansing acidity on the zippy finish.

100% Glera
Produced by TV/9533/IT for Lamberti
11% Alcohol
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Rated 86 points by Wine Spectator

Caposaldo Prosecco Brut NV


Winery: Caposaldo is bottled for and imported into the US by Kobrand Corporation, a family owned importing company founded in 1944.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from 20 year old vineyards located on hillsides in Pieve di Soligo in the province of Treviso in Veneto, northern Italy.

Tasting Notes: Pale gold in colour with aromas of apple and orange blossom. Delicate apple and floral flavours glided atop consistent, robust bubbles, whilst a bright acidity complimented honeysuckle and lemon notes on the clean finish. [Super versatile, it was wonderful with both chocolate and cheese fondue, along with the combination of sweet and savoury dippers such as apples, pineapple, roasted mushrooms and broccoli.]

100% Glera
Bottled by TV 590 for Kobrand Corp, NY
11.5% Alcohol
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