Rioja White Wine

Jaun de Alzate de Bodegas Loli Casado, Lapuebla de Labarca, Rioja Alavesa “First the founder, then the son, now the granddaughter, Loli, heir to a tradition that the passage of time has transformed into a passion for a way of life and feeling for the earth where wine is culture and culture feeds the tradition.” That is the mission statement of this 75 year old winery (most of whose vines are that old as well!) in the heart of La Rioja. It’s working! Situated between 360 and 400 meters elevation the...

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Sicilia White Wine

Botter Inzolia Caleo 2011, Sicilia This classic Sicilian white variety features a nice blast of citrus and green apple fruit sitting on top of a medium bodied, DRY texture, making it a no brainer with a wide variety of foods (or just friends).   Feudi Montoni Catarratto 2010, Sicilia   100% high altitude Catarratto fermented in steel to preserve the fresh, savory bouquet. This variety is capable of aging and improving for up to a decade (we tasted numerous older vintages in Italy last spring and the result...

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Alto Adige White Wine

Istituto Sperimentale Laimburg, Vadena, Alto Adige The Gambero Rosso once noted that if Istituto Sperimentale Laimburg did not exist it would need to be invented as this full service agricultural research and development station is essential to the local apple, stone fruit, forestry and wine cultures. As a result it produces a broad range of wines (and also fruit and forestry products!) but miniscule amounts of any given one. A unique and surprising factoid: despite its northern location, this cantina has palm...

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