The first of the El Nino vintages, this one was cold, rainy, atypical, and late. In November and December of 97 and January and February of 98, the total rainfall was 60 inches in Napa and more in western Sonoma. With weather reminiscent of Northern France, vines were entering veraison as late in the year as most veterans could recall.
By no means a full list of all the worlds wine types, the wines listed alphabetically below and the brief description of each should give you enough of an overview to know what the wine you are drinking is. The grapes are partially dried after harvesting, either in the sun or in specialist drying chambers, to concentrate the grape juices. The result is a rich, concentrated, full bodied raisiny wine with very little acid and high alcohol levels.
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Plenty of fog the nebbia from which Nebbiolo purportedly takes its name shrouded Alba during my recent visit, and plenty of rain later while I visited the Alta Piemontewhere Nebbiolo is traditionally called Spanna. It made for slippery driving and soggy walking — and it made the wines all the more welcome when I got to them and all the more wonderful in the sipping. Most of them now sport DOCs.
The Porchetta trucks were the things I remember most about my first trip to Frascati. Burly men in grease-stained aprons would cut slices from the whole roasted pigs flavored with herbs, salt and black pepper. We would order it to go on hard rolls known as rosette.
I discover, to my irritation, that I have done my bit to maintain this newspaper's long outmoded reputation for typographical curiosities. Aldi is a cash-and-carry warehouse operation whose 'no-frills' policy prices as low as any. Even so, I could rate it only 11 points out of 20, for it did little to charm my tastebuds and was really only acceptable as a base for a kir royal or some such cocktail.
In the past, the names Malvasia, Malvazia, and Malmsey have been used interchangeably for Malvasia-based wines; however, in modern oenology"Malmsey" is now used almost exclusively for a sweet variety of Madeira wine made from the Malvasia grape. Grape varieties in this family include Malvasia bianca, Malvasia di Schierano, Malvasia negra, Malvasia nera, Malvasia nera di Brindisi, Malvasia di Candia aromatica Malvasia odorosissima and a number of other varieties. These grapes are used to produce white and more rarely red table wines, dessert winesand fortified wines of the same name, or are sometimes used as part of a blend of grapes, such as in Vin Santo.
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