Of the many wrinkles in the Italian wine tapestry, one of the wrinkliest is about as far northwest as you can go in Italy. There, tucked away in the Alps beneath looming Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in the chain, is the smallest Italian viticultural region, brimming with little-known wines capable of offering great pleasure.
Wine Club India $28 Lovely, lightly spicy aromas, slightly exotic and a bit funky with a smooth, silky texture.
Wine Business In India The problem is not so much what to call this region, but in which language to express it. Along the entire northern border of Italy, language and culture refuse to respect political boundaries. In Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italian merges with Slovenian. In Tyrolean Alto Adige, it collides head-on with German. And in the Alpine northwest, where Italy kisses both France and Switzerland in a linguistic ménage-à-trois, it’s Italian-French.
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Townley Gallery is hosting a "Townley Wines" event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the gallery.
Wines From India A new pinot noir is in, according to an e-mail from the gallery. "Come celebrate with us and try the Townley artist signature label pinot, 2011 Pinot Noir, La Encantanada Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills," the email said.
Wine Club India The wine is described as having aromas of dark red fruit and earth, silky textures and great balance. Winemaker Randy Bennet will be attendance to talk about the wine and pour tastings of it as well as other wines such as the Townley 2008 Cabernet, 2009 Chardonnay and 2008 Syrah.
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Take, for instance, Walter Dacon Wines near Shelton, Wash. The southern end of the Olympic Peninsula is not classic wine country (though the state's first bonded winery after Prohibition began on Stretch Island, not far away).
The Wine Society Of India Walter Dacon, run by Lloyd and Ann Anderson, launched in 2005 with the release of the 2003 vintage. The Andersons focus almost exclusively on Syrah, using grapes from some of the top vineyards east of the Cascades, including Boushey near Grandview, Williams on Red Mountain and Elephant Mountain not far from Zillah.
Wines From India The Andersons named the winery after Walter Dacon, who was Lloyd's grandfather. Lloyd, who handles the winemaking, was born in California. His father was in the military, so he lived all over the world as a child. After earning a forestry degree from University of California in Berkeley, he moved to Washington to work for Weyerhaeuser. He left the company in 1981 to start a consulting business. After the Andersons took up home winemaking as a hobby, they were encouraged by friends to turn it into a business.
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The task was immense: Get a group of 15 winemakers to each taste 14 barrel samples in the barrel room at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone during the Saturday morning of Premiere Napa Valley. In that way, all 211 wines would be sampled.
Wineries In India Eighty percent of the wines were cabernet sauvignon, and all were unique wines that are available nowhere else. These wines drew nearly 1,000 people — wholesalers, retailers and restaurateurs from all over the world — to the Napa Valley.
The Wine Society Of India After the Saturday morning tasting, all 211 wines were auctioned off and the Napa Valley Vintners raised slightly more than a million dollars an hour ($3.04 million total). The proceeds support the NVV’s efforts to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley appellation, the wines, vintners and community.
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If you like rich, complex, high quality red wines, you owe it to yourself to get to know the wines of Ribera del Duero. The steep vineyards rising along the banks of the Duero River in Spain's second most important wine region, after Rioja, yield wines that are frequently outstanding.
Vineyards In India The wines are red, the altitudes are high, and the grape is, overwhelmingly, Tempranillo. Actually it's a local variant of Tempranillo, the early ripening variety known as Tinto Fino or Tinta del Pais in this area. It has adapted to the often harsh weather of the region and its extreme climactic fluctuations.
Wineries In India old Tinto Fino vine in Ribera del Duero, photo courtesy Drink Ribera Temperatures where the grapes are grown, at 2500 to 2800 feet above sea level (among the highest elevations for winegrowing in Europe), can reach over 100 degrees in the middle of summer yet fall sharply at night. These large temperature swings help promote balanced acidities and aromatic complexity. Winters are also harsh, and freezing temperatures can set in both during the beginning and end of the growing season.
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