Monday, August 28, 2017

IDTT Wine 427: Gianluca Garofoli On One Hundred Years of Verdicchio


Gianluca Garofoli works with his family at the Garofoli winery, in the Marche region of Italy.

Gianluca Garofoli discusses in-depth the wine history of the Marche, as well as the native grape varieties Verdicchio and Montepulciano. This conversation is an insider's guide to the Castelli di Jesi sub-zone of the Marche, and Gianluca provides rich detail about the winemaking there.  Vineyard characteristics, vine training, weather conditions, soil types, vintages, and winemaking styles are all covered, as well as the changes in the wines of region over time.


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

IDTT Wine 426: Giampaolo Venica Remembers a Different Friuli


Giampaolo Venica works with his family at the Venica winery, in the Friuli region of Italy.

Giampaolo Venica describes the Friuli as a region that has changed significantly in recent decades, and which is still in flux today. He notes the many changes in grape plantings and wine styles within the Collio, and questions what types of wines from the Friuli may find resonance with consumers in the future.


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

IDTT Wine 425: Cherasco Barolo Survives Today Solely Because of Marchese Umberto Fracassi Ratti Mentone


Marchese Umberto Fracassi Ratti Mentone is the sole producer of a Barolo from the Cherasco sub-zone of Italy's Piemonte region. His family has owned vineyard land in the Cherasco area for centuries, and the Marchese, who is now over 80 years old, tends to the family parcel at the edge of the Barolo zone.

This is a rare encounter with the Marchese, who rarely grants interviews. The conversation ranges across decades and even centuries of history in the Piemonte, covering the Roman period, the reign of the Savoy Dukes, World War II, and the great growth of Barolo production in the last few decades.


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