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Sirmione, IT
italy vinotripping, Lombardy, Lugana, Oltrepo Pavese, VinoTripping Blog

Traveling back to the wine region of Lombardy, Italy

It was a year ago and a month or two since I traveled to Lake Garda and discovered a wonderful part of the world I hadn’t yet visited. f I can’t hop on a plane to Italy right this minute, I can certainly travel there… in memories and stories. Come along with me. We arrived in Milan and gathered our …

Bonarda or Bonarda or Charbono?;
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Bonarda or Bonarda or Charbono?

Sommossa Bonarda dell’Oltrepo Pavese DOC 2021 I recently participated in a lovely wine dinner in Boston put on by the Consortium Tutela Vini Oltrepò Pavese at Forcella in Boston, MA. We tasted a selection of wonderful wines highlighted in my recent series Oltrepò Pavese Wines. One wine in particular reminded me of a topic I had covered on my virtual …

Oltrepò Pavese Wine Series: Frecciarossa Pinot Nero DOC, Carillo 2022 and Cordero San Giorgio;
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Oltrepò Pavese Wine Series: Frecciarossa Pinot Nero DOC, Carillo 2022 and Cordero San Giorgio

Frecciarossa Pinot Nero DOC, Carillo 2022 Our visit to Frecciarossa was unforgettable. The hospitality was incredible, the villas for stay were immaculate, the farm is sustainable and the scenery beautiful. They boast a 100 year old history and the winemaker, Valeria Radici Odero, is a wonderful hostess. Her mamma and papa walk around the grounds and greet the visitors. We …

Oltrepo Pavese Wine Series: Bruno Verdi 2022 Pinot Grigio / La Travaglina, DOC Riesling Rugiadè 2022;
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Oltrepo Pavese Wine Series: Bruno Verdi 2022 Pinot Grigio / La Travaglina, DOC Riesling Rugiadè 2022

La Travaglina, DOC Riesling Rugiadè 2022 The Bruno Verdi 2022 Pinot Grigio was a huge surprise. It had a bigger, much more substantial mouthfeel than I expected. They only make 100,000 bottles in a tiny town with 40 families where this winery is located. They also make an amazing sparkling wine. If given the opportunity, I would buy this again …

Oltrepò Pavese: Cà Di Frara DOCG Metodo Classico Pinot Nero T4;
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Oltrepò Pavese: Cà Di Frara DOCG Metodo Classico Pinot Nero T4

The region is most known for their Sparkling Wines, made with minimum 70% Pinot Noir, then Chardonnay and then grey pinot (pinot gris) up to 30% max. These wines are made in the metodo classico and are DOCG wines. We saw production of many of these wines when I visited and they were very good quality, tight bubbles, cream, strawberry, …

Bertani Winery
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Bertani Winery – sipping velvet rubies

“I wasn’t quite paying attention to the brilliant, ruby red wine I was being poured. I took a sip… I was stopped in my tracks.” September 2022 at the wine media conference in Desenzano del Garda, Italy, we were being served lunch at the hotel. Typically a winery or group of wineries will sponsor the lunch and they are each …

Perla del Garda
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Move over Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay, here comes Lugana!

I have served Lugana Wines at tastings in the United States to friends and clients. Every single time the tasters respond with surprise, delight and a “where can I get this”? I am in love with Lugana wines. They are beautiful white wines, pale straw yellow, with a delicate bouquet – a blend of floral, fresh fruit and almond notes. …

Frecciarossa Oltrepo Pavese
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Emerging Regions – Oltrepo Pavese Italy

In search of an emerging wine region? Love good food, and exciting regions shaping the quality of fine wine, food and travel?  Look no further than Oltrepo Pavese, Italy. Oltrepo Pavese is a region 45 minutes outside of Milan, sandwiched between Piedmont and Emilia Romagna. Both of those regions are known for specific wines throughout the world and for a …

Moscato di Scanzo
italy vinotripping, Lombardy, Valcalepia, VinoTripping Blog

VinoTripping to Lombardy, Italy – Emerging Regions, Great QPR – Valcalepio

Traveling to Italy to vinotrip has been one of my dreams. I expected to visit the more well-known regions of Piedmont or Tuscany for my first wine tasting trip to Italy, but Lombardy was calling. I had heard of Franciacorta for sparkling wines, Valtellina for it’s Nebbiolo and Oltrepo for its Pinot Noir, but I had no idea how absolutely …