These days I've been talking to people about my project to write about Prosecco and wines of the Veneto, alongside cultural history and wines of the former Venetian empire. It has been interesting to discuss how far 'the Prosecco trail' may reach. The Dalmatian Coast, and its wonderful wines, is a likely place for the … Continue reading Terrazzo in Creta, Croazia and Chioggia
One of my favorite Proseccos is the humble Spago. The word spago means 'string' and refers to a small string along the neck to hold in the cork. For me Spago represents a rustic informality that matches the playfulness of a wine that's for everyday enjoyment. The string is hand-tied, by the fast fast hands of the Veneto's … Continue reading Spago
Sometimes Prosecco doesn't have bubbles. It's still Prosecco, it's just still Prosecco. It's typically called tranquillo and you'd be right to ask, 'what's the point of prosecco without fizz?' Zero-bar tranquillo, first and foremost, is cool because it's a way to focus on the character of the Glera grape as it was enjoyed for centuries … Continue reading Va Tranquillo…It’s Still Prosecco!
I'm not immune to the charms of Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel or for that matter Stefan Zweig's The World of Yesterday, but I'm also not an Austro-nostalgic fighting for the return of the Südtirol to Vienna. Turbulent histories have marked Italy's eastern vineyards, inviting comparisons to France's Champagne region, since somehow the celebratory bubbles … Continue reading Vines of a Lost Emprie
In the old world, regions often take the fame, while grapes and wine names can get lost in the mix. In the Veneto it's a little different. Products like Amarone, Soave and Prosecco are bigger names than their grapes and regional affiliation. Prosecco is where most of my money goes these days and that feels … Continue reading Wines of the Veneto