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A Guide to Lesser Known Tuscan Reds: From Carmignano to Montecucco

Mention the red wines of Tuscany and immediately examples such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano come to mind. Produced primarily or exclusively from the Sangiovese grape variety, these celebrated red wines truly define this region’s viticultural excellence. Over the last three decades, the distinctive red wines of Bolgheri, crafted from Bordeaux grape varieties from vineyards along Tuscany’s coast, have also become icons of Tuscan wine.

Yet there are other sublime red wines from this region that are notable yet lack the renown of the wines mentioned above. Carmignano, Morellino di Scansano and Montecucco are three other important red wines of Tuscany that reflect a sense of place and represent not only special quality, but impressive value as well.

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PODCAST: Maurizio Broggi on Northern Italy

Maurizio Broggi, DWS, FWS, is the Education Director for the Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) program. During an eight-day summer tour, he led a group of IWS educators through three of Italy’s northern wine producing regions, Trentino, Franciacorta and Lugana.

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Exploring the Wines of Trentino with Roberto Anesi

In this webinar, Italy's best sommelier Roberto Anesi, native of Trentino, will guide you through the most important winegrowing zones and grape varieties of Trentino.

Trentino is probably one of the most beautiful and underrated wine regions of Italy.

The region boasts impressive high altitude vineyards, unique indigenous grapes such as Teroldego, Marzemino and Nosiola and is becoming increasingly recognized for its distinctive Muller-Thurgau wines from the astonishing Cembra Valley.

Last but not least, Trentino is the region of Trento DOC, one of Italy's top-quality bottled-fermented sparkling wine appellations.

Presented by Roberto Anesi, Italy's Best Sommelier AIS 2017

Roberto Anesi was born in Trento, and since 1997 has been working in the wine industry.

For more than 10 years, he's been conducting seminars focusing on the wines of Trentino in Italy as well as all over the world.

Roberto is a sommelier, graduated at the Associazione Italiana Sommelier (AIS) and has been an instructor for AIS since 2008.

In 2017, he won the title of the Italian Best Sommelier.

Roberto is a profound expert of Trentino, its history, traditions, people and of course its great wines & food.

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Nebbiolo, The king of Italian red grapes with Ciro Pirone

Webinar Abstract:

Nebbiolo is one of Italy’s greatest cultivars—if not the greatest, period.
 
Historically, it has held a place of reverence. In the 15th century, damaging a Nebbiolo vine was punishable by death!
 
Native to Piedmont and thriving in the Langhe, this grape is the consummate interpreter of “place.” Bold, brash, sophisticated or elegant, it manifests multiple personalities depending upon the environment in which it finds itself.
 
Find out more in this comprehensive tour of Piedmont terroirs! See the land from Nebbiolo’s point of view!

Presenter: Ciro Pirone

Ciro Pirone, Director of Italian Wines for Horizon Beverage Company, is a graduate of the Istituto Alberghiero (Hotel and Restaurant Management school) of Salerno, Italy.  Traveling and working in Italy, England and the US, Ciro developed an incredible passion for wine, food and culture. After all, growing up in Italy, wine was always a very important part of his family’s lifestyle and traditions.

In 1999, Ciro moved to the US permanently.  He landed in Boston, where he continued his wine studies at Boston University, the International Sommelier Guild and the London –based Wine & Spirits Educational Trust (WSET). In 2007, Ciro accepted the position of Italian Wine Specialist for Horizon Beverage. After successful growth at HBC, Ciro accepted on a new challenge as the US Brand Manager for the Arnaldo Caprai Winery of Montefalco (Umbria), the top producer of worldwide recognized Sagrantino di Montefalco. In June 2011, Ciro returned to Horizon Beverage with a new position of Director of Italian Wines in support of their expanding presence in the New England marketplace.  Ciro is happy to share his passion for Italian wine and culture in an effort to give the American wine consumer  a better understanding and appreciation for Italian wine!

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Iconic White Wines of Italy with Tom Hyland

Abstract:

While Italian reds still attract most of the attention for the country's wines, there are today, dozens of outstanding whites.

This webinar will cover some of these classic and iconic white wines, ranging from north (Alto Adige and Friuli) to south (Campania and Sicily).

Some of the finest examples of appellations such as Soave as well as wines made from Verdicchio and Vermentino, and white blends from Friuli will be included along with several others, including rarities made from distinctive grapes such as Timorasso and Nosiola.

We will also look into reasons as to why Italian whites have improved so much, as well as the new innovations.

Presenter: Tom Hyland

Tom Hyland is a Chicago-based wine writer/educator and photographer, specializing in Italian wines.

He has authored two books on Italian wines, and has conducted seminars for the trade on various Italian wines in Chicago, New York and in Bordeaux at VinExpo.

He has been writing about these wines for 19 years, and today is a contributor to Decanter and wine-searcher.com. He is also the U.S. ambassador for the consorzio, I Vini del Piemonte.

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Vin Santo, A Truly Great Dessert Wine from Tuscany

Grapes  for Vin Santo Drying in the Vinsantaia

One of the most characteristic wines of Toscana is Vin Santo. This passito is an ancient and traditional specialty produced throughout the entire region. Its origin dates back to the Middle Ages, but the prototype for this style of wine can be traced back to the Greeks and the Romans.

Most Vin Santo is made from white grapes, typically Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia Bianca Lunga. It can be made from just one of these grapes but is more commonly a blend of the two. Trebbiano provides acidity while Malvasia provides body, texture and perfume. A rare, pink Vin Santo called Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice (“partridge eye”) is made from red grapes, usually Sangiovese. Only a few producers make this pink version.

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Campania: Cutting Edge wines from Ancient Varieties with Tom Hyland

Webinar Abstract:

The region of Campania is one of Italy’s most glorious wine territories, yet the fame of these wines is generally not as well documented as examples from several other wine regions throughout the country.

This is a shame, as Campania is certainly an important wine region, one where historical varieties, such as Greco, Fiano and Aglianico take center stage, while other varieties from the widely planted Falanghina to the lesser-known Pallagrello Bianco and Nero, Piedirosso and Biancolella are also an important part of this region's current wine story.

In this webinar, we will examine the history of this region’s wines, and discuss how today’s producers have changed Campania from a quiet, reserved wine region into a vibrant, critically important one, making today’s Campania home to some of the country’s most distinctive reds and whites.

Presenter: Tom Hyland

Tom Hyland is a Chicago-based wine writer/educator and photographer, specializing in Italian wines.

He has authored two books on Italian wines, and has conducted seminars for the trade on various Italian wines in Chicago, New York and in Bordeaux at VinExpo.

He has been writing about these wines for 19 years, and today is a contributor to Decanter and wine-searcher.com. He is also the U.S. ambassador for the consorzio, I Vini del Piemonte.

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Liguria - Italy's Unsung Region with Susannah Gold

Webinar Abstract:

This small Italian region is home to wonderful foods, gorgeous landscapes and views but few think of it in terms of its wines.

Together we will discuss Liguria's eight D.O.C. wine producing areas and the indigenous grapes used to make these wonderful wines.

Liguria has a host of varieties that few people know about and even fewer have tried.

Be in the know about Liguria. Join in our discussion as we travel through Liguria - Italy's unsung region.

Presenter: Susannah Gold:

Susannah presents wines and wine regions and through her company Vigneto Communications promotes wine and food products in the U.S. with her team.

She does media, trade relations and often helps to find importers and distribution. 

She holds various wine certificates from schools around the world including an Italian sommelier certificate from  the Associazione Italiana dei Sommeliers (AIS), the Diploma in Wines & Spirits (DipWSET) from  the WSET, the CSW and CSS from the Society of Wine Educators and a certification from the Spanish Wine Academy. 

She teaches wine classes, and has written for The Financial Times, Gourmet Retailer, Food, Food & Beverage Business, Snooth.com, the Organic Wine Journal, the Sommelier Journal, F&B Magazine and GDO Week.

She pens a wine blog called Avvinare.com.

Fluent in English, Italian, and French, she also speaks advanced Spanish and works with clients in all four languages.

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