Barolo is one of the hottest wine collectibles today. But Italian laws and classifications can make navigating the landscape a tar pit for the collector who simply wants to get in, find the best of these great Italian wines, and get out. Unlike Burgundy, which has official categorizations for vineyards and the Médoc, which ranks its estates, Italy's Piedmont region has no official hierarchy of the great Barolo vineyards.
Wines In India It was Renato Ratti who first put his imprimatur on a map ranking the top "prima" categories in the 1970s. Ratti's map was inspired by an unofficial Barolo classification written by Francesco Arrigoni and Elio Ghisalberti for Luigi Veronelli's book "The Wines of Italy". His became the map everyone hung in their winery or office. And while Ratti was a visionary, winemaking practices, vineyard management and global climate have changed since his day.
Red Wine India Piedmont vineyards. With the advent of more sophisticated computer-aided mapping techniques at the beginning of the 21st century, Masnaghetti presented his considerable knowledge of the vineyards of Barolo at a visceral as well as intellectual level. He used sophisticated computer models and mapping to drill down and devise a personal hierarchy of greatness for the region. Masnaghetti's maps dive deep into the specific zones and are fully compliant with iPad, iPhone and computers.
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On the wine bottle label, a lone monk with white hair and a beard stands against a red background, his draped greenish-gray cloak and long black robe in stark contrast to the crimson behind. He holds a long crook and gazes ahead, watching over his flock, perhaps, or looking to the future. This is the pelerin, which is French for pilgrim. It's a fitting image for winemaker Chris Weidemann, who is the lone guy behind this wine label.
India Wines Weidemann has been on a wine pilgrimage since 1987, when he quit college and landed at a Connecticut wine shop, launching a journey that ultimately led to Pelerin Wines.
Wines In India When the wine bug bit hard, Weidemann packed up his car and drove to Napa Valley to work harvest as a cellar rat at Freemark Abbey, cleaning floors, tanks and hoses.
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A vast, spreadeagled pine tree breaks up the successive rows of neatly pruned vines, as the morning mist beyond the slope begins to clear and allow a tantalising peek of the sun-dappled hills behind.
India Wine If the winemakers who work here have their way, their product will soon be added to the select group of delicacies granted protected status by the European Union , alongside famed rivals including champagne and bordeaux. But the new pretenders aren’t based in France, or anywhere else in mainland Europe. The Stopham vineyard is on the outskirts of Pulborough, West Sussex. And, if they succeed, a glass of Sussex could be a reality by next year.
Wine In India The Stopham vineyard was started from scratch by its owner, Simon Woodhead, in 2007, when he planted 21,000 vines on the six-hectare (15-acre) estate. It is now one of the smaller members of a consortium of Sussex wine producers that is finalising a bid for “protected designation of origin” (PDO) status .
The Westerly Wines team is dreaming up an ultra-exclusive estate grown wine that expresses the soul of the Santa Barbara AVA.
Wines From India Photos courtesy of Westerly Wines The geography of Santa Barbara county make the growing experience exceptional.
India Wine The name Westerly resonates in the Santa Ynez Valley. It was the name given nearly 50 years ago to a magnificent 3,900-acre Santa Ynez Valley horse ranch called Westerly Stud Farms. Today, the name Westerly represents one of the most diverse portfolios of wines in Santa Barbara County, California.
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