Muvis – The Largest Wine Museum in Europe

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There’s a strange anomaly in the Italian wine industry. Despite the huge amount of history that lies behind the industry, there aren’t many museums that are dedicated to celebrating it. That’s not to say that you can’t get your historical kicks from a huge number of exhibitions. Festivals get held every year that features all many of exhibits that detail the histories of various wines and their producers. Moreover, practically every major producer – and most of the smaller ones – offer tours of their grounds that prove especially educational to visitors. Yet there aren’t many permanent museums that truly celebrate Italian wine in the same way that we have museums celebrating art, natural history and science. It’s a strange phenomenon. After all, the wine industry has been one of the major drivers behind the Italian economy for centuries now. Italians absolutely adore their wines and take great pride in the rich heritages that lie behind them. Italy’s wine Continue Reading

Volpe Pasini Sauvignon Zuc di Volpe 2016 Review

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Last week, we took a look at a couple of sparkling Italian wines that we think everybody should try at least once. This week, we’re heading back into still territory. We’re going to take a look at a great Italian white wine that we feel doesn’t get the attention that it deserves. This wine comes from the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region and is made entirely using Sauvignon grapes. But before we get to our review of it, we want to take a look at the history of the company that makes it. After all, you can’t really know what a wine has to offer until you know as much as possible about the people who make it. The History of Volpe Pasini Where many of the companies that we’ve looked at in the past have fairly recent histories, Volpe Pasini can truly stand as one of the old men of the Italian wine industry. Buried deep within the Colli Orientali of Friuli DOC zone, the building that houses the winery dates all of the way back to the sixteenth century. Over hundreds of y Continue Reading

Lo Sparviere Franciacorta Brut Rosè Monique Review

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When you think of Franciacorta, you think of one of the most famous Italian sparkling white wines. Some would mark it out as the largest domestic competitor for Prosecco. Regardless, it’s a name that’s become a byword for supreme quality, as the wine offers a stunning taste of the Lombardy region. What you may not know is that there are some winemakers who have experimented with the original sparkling white wine formula to create a sparkling Rosé that’s every bit as stunning as the more famous variant of the wine. The best examples of this wine even carry their own DOCG classification, which should bring them to the instant attention of wine lovers who are searching for a new tipple to whet their palates. With this review, we decided to take a closer look at this wonderful example of sparkling wine. But then the question became which producer should we put under the microscope. After a lot of consideration, we’ve decided to give that honour to Lo Sparviere. Let us explai Continue Reading

Monsupello Brut Review

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What do you think of when we say sparkling Italian white wine? We’re betting most of you jumped straight to Prosecco. It’s no surprise because Prosecco is the most famous Italian sparkling white wine. In fact, it’s the most popular sparkling white in the world, having surpassed Champagne a number of years ago. If you’re a little more adventurous, you may have come up with another great sparkling white. Franciacorta is another popular choice, which we highly recommend. But how many of you thought about Monsupello Brut? In this article, we’re going to take a look at a sparkling white wine that’s perhaps not as appreciated as it should be. But thought its name may not be as famous, Monsupello Brut has every bit of the quality that a great Prosecco or Franciacorta has. But we’ll get to all of that in a moment. First, let’s look at the company that brings us this truly wonderful wine. The History of Monsupello Monsupello can trace its history back for mo Continue Reading

Marchesi di Barolo Barolo della Tradizione

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There are few wines in the annals of the Italian wine industry that are as revered as Barolo. A wine has to be pretty special to attract the label of “The King of Wines”, never mind starting a war among producers. Barolo is that wine and it’s one of the most stellar examples of an Italian red that you’ll find. Naturally, this infamy drives interest from consumers, which in turn means that a lot of producers want to show you what makes their Barolo so special. That leaves us with a bit of a conundrum when it comes to reviewing Barolos. Just who do we choose to shine the spotlight on with so many amazing options out there? Our choice for this review comes from a producer that has a 200-year history with the wine. Moreover, they have a commitment to producing a Barolo that’s in keeping with the rich traditions that made the wine so popular in the first place. We’re talking about Marchesi di Barolo, who are so committed to the wine that they have its name in their c Continue Reading

Who Are the World’s Best Sommeliers?

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There may be no people more venerated in the world of Italian wine than the sommelier. This people are the best of the best when it comes to understanding the qualities that a wine has to offer. Sommeliers undergo extensive training before they’re allowed to qualify for the title and hundreds of people struggle and even fail to attain it. Those that do manage it gain instant credibility in the world of wine. They’re opinions have great influence, with many looking to them as the opinion formers when it comes to wine. A great sommelier is trusted to know what qualities a wine has to offer because they’ve undergone such extensive training. They should be able to tell you about the grapes used, the wine’s producer, and the foods that pair well with any example of wine that they taste. In short, a sommelier is somebody who’s considered an expert, particularly when it comes to fine wines. They’re often employed by restaurants to help them to craft wine lists that fit the d Continue Reading

Exploring Verdicchio Wine

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Every so often, we like to take a look at a particular type of grape that we believe has had a huge effect on the Italian wine industry. Regulars to our blog will have seen us wax lyrical about a bunch of different grapes over the years. And today, we’re looking to talk about yet another grape that’s part of the huge variety that the industry has to offer. The target of our esteem today is the Verdicchio grape, which is used to make the wine of the same name as well as being a part of a number of other wines. Here, we’ll examine the grape in more depth as well as taking a look at the region it calls home and some of the wines that it’s commonly used in. The Grape The Verdicchio grape is a white wine variety that’s most commonly grown in central Italy. You’ll find that it’s one of the main grapes from the Marche region and it’s used in a lot of the wines that come from that area. Its name is also a direct reference to the grape’s colouring. The “ver Continue Reading

Italian Wine in Tetra Paks – Why You Should Avoid Them

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Every so often, a new trend comes along in the wine industry. In some cases, these trends extend well beyond the country that birthed them and can even affect the most established industries, such as the Italian wine industry. Wine in cardboard boxes is one such trend. We can already hear the purists among you snorting in derision. But there’s no denying that this trend has endured for much longer than many people anticipated. In fact, we’ve been able to buy wine in boxes for decades at this point. But now, there’s a new trend within that trend. The introduction of Tetra Paks will apparently change the boxed wine industry. In fact, many people claim that Tetra Paks may one day replace the glass bottles that we’re all so familiar with. We don’t see that happening. To see why, we’re going to talk about what Tetra Paks are and what they claim to offer. Then, we’re going to look at why glass bottles are still the (more…) Continue Reading

Wine and Dried Figs – A Tasty Recipe

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As regular readers of our blog already know, the Xtrawine team absolutely loves our food. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Food is a massive part of Italian culture and we’re always looking for new dishes to share with you. Today, we’re going to look at a dish that you may not immediately sound like the most appetising thing in the world. But if you get it right, you’ll enjoy a taste sensation that’s bolstered in no small part by the addition of good wine. We’re keeping things simple this time around as we’re going to look at how to use Italian wine to make a tasty dried figs dish. Let’s jump right into it. The Ingredients Before we get started with the ingredients and method, we just want to let you know that this gorgeous recipe comes from DomesticDaddy.net  It’s also an easy recipe that pretty much anybody could make. However, you will have to give it a few days to get the most (more…) Continue Reading

Buying Wine Online – How to Avoid the Scams

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For as long as there have been high quality and expensive Italian wines, there have been people who want to make a quick buck by scamming wine lovers. It’s a tale as old as the Italian wine industry itself. In fact, it’s still common to hear reports of police raiding fraudulent winemakers who are attempting to get rich quick off the back of someone else’s hard work. It’s such a major issue in the industry that most countries have special governing bodies in place to combat it. It’s also a major issue for you. Beyond the monetary losses that come with buying a fake bottle of wine, there’s also the more practical dangers that they present. Wine scammers aren’t concerned about your health, which means they’re likely to use all sorts of strange and unapproved chemicals. These could have serious ramifications for your health. The existence of wine scammers also makes a lot of people wary about buying wine online. It’s no surprise. The web is the ideal place for sc Continue Reading

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