Episode 10: Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, cry for joy!

Le Marche is a central Italian region on the Adriatic Sea. It’s famous for one of Italy’s best white grapes, Verdicchio, but also has some really cool red grapes that are like hidden gems – just like the region they come from. Lacrima is one of those grapes. Lacrima means teardrop. This either refers toContinue reading “Episode 10: Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, cry for joy!”

Episode 8: Sicily’s only DOCG wine

Even though the island makes large quantities of wine, its only DOCG wine region – for the moment – is a red wine. It’s called Cerasuolo di Vittoria. “Cerasuolo” derives from the word cherry, and Vittoria is the central town of the region. Here a special red grape originates called Frappato.  Frappato does well inContinue reading “Episode 8: Sicily’s only DOCG wine”

Episode 6: Biotypes in Liguria

Vermentino and Pigato from Liguria compared by Rebecca Gouttenoire, Italian Wine Scholar. The region of Liguria in northwestern Italy is a long strip of coastland shaped like a boomerang. Vermentino is the most widely-grown single grape variety. The second most grown grape variety in Liguria is Pigato. Studies of their DNA have shown Vermentino andContinue reading “Episode 6: Biotypes in Liguria”