We’ve taken a little bit of time to look at the Nebbiolo grape in a little bit of detail this week, so it only stands to reason that we should shine a spotlight in a producer of wines that use this quintessentially Italian grape in their production.
Of course, because Nebbiolo is used in the production of both Barolo and Barbaresco, which have become two of Italy’s most popular and highest-quality wines, making a selection as to which producer to highlight was always going to present a little bit of a problem. Do we examine one of the more well-known wine producers or should we take a look at a smaller producer that is capable of producing quality but has perhaps not quite received the level of recognition it deserves for its work?
After a little thought, we have decided to go with the latter option. After all, in many cases the smallest producers are often able to bring something a little different to their wines, thus setting them apart from larger companies.
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None of the great wines that we know and love today would ever have attained the popularity they currently enjoy were it not for the quality of the grapes that go into their production and the hard work of the wine producers who farm the grapes and ensure they meet the correct standards and enjoy ideal growing conditions.
It is because of this that you will often find true wine enthusiasts talk as much about the grapes used in the production of their favourite wines as they do about the wine itself. Many grapes have achieved infamy because of this and there are numerous wines out there that using nothing but one grape, thus providing the drinker with the purest possible experience.
With that in mind, we have decided to look at one of Italy’s most famous grapes in depth. The name Nebbiolo may not ring a bell in terms of wine names, however, anybody who has ever enjoyed a good Barolo has this grape to thank. As such, we think that Nebbiolo is perhaps the true grape of kings, in m Continue Reading→
As you start to explore your passion for wine you will come across a whole range of accessories that can make the drinking experience much more enjoyable. Of course, everybody knows the basics. You don’t need to know about the benefits that a corkscrew has to offer after all. However, what about the accessories that are designed to ensure your wine maintains its quality and consistency for as long as possible.
That’s where decanters come in. This nifty little tools can go a long way to preserving a bottle of wine that would otherwise lose its potency in fairly short order. Even so, a lot of people don’t really know what they are used for or how to use them properly when they have them.
To remedy that situation, your friends at Xtrawine have come up with the definitive guide to decanting so you know exactly what situations yours was made for.
The Purpose of Decanting
Before we get into the how’s, let’s take a look at the why’s when it comes to decanting. After al Continue Reading→
Throughout the course of each year there are numerous celebrations held throughout Italy in tribute to the country’s wine industry and the amazing people who make the entire thing possible. Some of these are held at the local level, while others are full cultural phenomena that everybody who enjoys wine should make the effort to visit at some point during their lives.
Others are a little more focused on the business aspect of the Italian wine industry, bringing those in the trade together so they can share ideas, discuss the state of the industry, and plan their next moves over the coming year.
Of these latter events, none are as famous as Vinitaly, which is held every single year and offers those in the trade the opportunity to mingle with enthusiasts to create an event that revolves completely around the wine industry.
By the time you are reading this article, the 2017 Vinitaly event will have come and gone, which means preparations will already be underway for the 2018 ev Continue Reading→
As you begin to familiarize yourself with Italian wine it is likely that you are going to run across a few terms that you will not fully understand at first. After all, the wine industry can be a complex beast at times and there are occasional barriers in the way of novices who are trying to find their way around everything while exploring everything that it has to offer.
However, that is why your friends at Xtrawine are here. Via our blog, we have tried to shine as much of a spotlight as we can on the industry, both to the benefit of the amazing producers who create the wines we sell on our website and for those of you who want to learn as much as you can about the culture and quality that goes into the creation of every bottle of wine that we sell.
As such, we have decided to take a little bit more of an in-depth look into a word that you may run across quite a lot in the Italian wine industry, especially if you shop around to locate wines that may be at the higher end of the p Continue Reading→
Of all of the wines available out of Italy, there are few that have captured the imagination more in recent times than Prosecco. Often seen as the less glamorous cousin of France’s Champagne when it comes to the sparkling white wines, in more recent years Prosecco has really stepped out of the shadows to emerge as one of the leading wines in the world, even overtaking Champagne in terms of sales and, in some cases, quality.
Nowhere is this truer than in Great Britain. Every year, Brits knock back about 86 million of the 355 million bottles of Prosecco produced annually and the country’s love affair with the drink is so strong that there was legitimate panic a couple of years ago when it appeared as though the weather would cause shortages in the drink. Thankfully, the shortages never caused any issues and Prosecco only continues to grow in popularity.
This boom period has not gone unnoticed in the drink’s native country. Vintners are planting increasingly higher volumes of Continue Reading→
As time has gone on, we have started to see a little bit of a shift, both in the Italian wine industry and the global sector. Wine has typically been a male-dominated profession. Most of the great wine producers in the world were established by men and, in many cases, are still being led by men.
However, this doesn’t quite tell the whole story. Women have had a continual, though much more subtle, impact on the wine industry over the years and today we are starting to see many more women take control of their own wineries and start producing products that easily rival anything made by their male counterparts.
In short, gender equality is slowly, but surely, creeping up on the Italian wine industry. Some companies, such as Tuscany’s Il Casato Prime Donne, take things even further by only employing women.
It is certainly a step in the right direction and it is one that we at Xtrawine thoroughly encourage. So with that in mind, we have compiled a small list of some of the most Continue Reading→
In an industry so defined by the classic wines and the amazing people that make them, it can often be hard to stand out from the crowd. This is especially true for the producers of Champagne, which is a wine that is held in such high regards that anything less than the best is sure to be lost in the shuffle over time.
So when one company manages to not only break through and produce a truly classic Champagne, but is so well regarded that it is able to maintain a reputation for quality with the wine that stretches back over the centuries, it is important to recognize those achievements. Consistency, quality, and a dedication to everything that makes the wine industry so special are crucial for a company to last so long and there are few that have pulled that off better than the company that we will be shining a spotlight on today.
So without any further ado, this week we will be taking a look at Autreau and the spectacular reputation it has developed as a wine producer before exam Continue Reading→
If you are reading this article, the odds are high that you are already a wine enthusiast. If you aren’t firstly we would like to welcome you to our site and we truly hope that you will learn more about this wonderful drink and find a few vintages that will suit your tastes and broaden your wine drinking horizons.
However, for those of you who already know what you like, there is a small selection of enthusiasts who want to take things a little bit further. Knowing the stories and qualities of good wines is one thing, but to be a master? That takes a sommelier.
A sommelier is somebody who has been specially trained in the art of wine. They are true masters of the craft when it comes to understanding the history of the wines they drink, the stories of the people behind them, and how to identify each individual quality that combines into the glorious whole that is a bottle of wine.
Of course, not everybody can be a sommelier. In fact, there is a special certification that has Continue Reading→
Here at Xtrawine we try to show appreciation for wines of all different countries, origins, and producers. While we enjoy promoting the best and brightest of the Italian wine industry whenever we have the opportunity, we also believe in shining a spotlight on any producers that we feel have brought something truly special to the wine industry.
To further that goal, this week our weekly review focuses on a wine that comes from France, which is perhaps Italy’s main rival for the title of best wine producer in the world. Frankly, with wines the quality of the bottle that we will be examining today, it should come as no surprise that France stands toe to toe with Italy in that particular battle.
Of course, before we take a look at the wine itself, we should examine the producer and everything that it brings to the industry. So without any further ado, here is a brief history of Chateau De Myrat and the winemaking philosophy that has helped the company create such a formidable reput Continue Reading→