Are Italian DOC(G) wines better than non-DOC(G)?

Labels DOC * and DOCG ** on the neck of a bottle do not mean quality themselves, it means control, the rules prescribed in the law on the production of wines according to certain standards. First they appeared in 1963, guaranteeing territorial origin to protect and raise the level of Italian winemaking. It should be…

Which champagne is better to drink – young or aged?

Champagne can age very well, although producers do not really recommend to hold it for a long time. The reason – they afraid people don’t have a proper place for storage, which will affect the quality of the bubbles in the long run. Considering how French are attentive for every single detail, this makes sense….

Which is more sugar – in a glass of wine or in 1% fat kefir?

Not a long time ago I watched the documentary «That Sugar Film». The author says that a normal person consumes 40 teaspoons of sugar every day without knowing that! He uses his body to show what influence sugar has on people and consequences for our body and brain. For me was astonishing how changed the…

57 experiments: how scientific research changed viticulture of Lazio

In the 80s, Lazio’s wine culture was not remarkable for its achievements and was rather an outsider. The main reasons were that manufacturers set their minds on quantity but not quality, the typology of the soil was not studied, and many of the vines were simply not cultivated. After comparing this depressing situation in Lazio…

The power of Luca Maroni

Why do you want to be recognized as an expert in your field? After visiting event Roma Hortus Vini, organized by Best Italian Wines and Italian wine analyst Luca Maroni  I realized that the most attractive, the most appealing of all reasons is power. The power which permits you to not follow common rules. To…

Priorities and modern vision of Tancredi Biondi-Santi

Tancredi represents the seventh generation of the family Biondi-Santi, one of the most celebrated winemaking company in Italy. Growing up in the family of  famous winemakers, he did not take anything for granted: “I’m grateful to be able to hear my father and grandfather talking about wine, the opportunity to see two different philosophies and…

Must see in Tuscany: count’s vineyard just 30 minutes from Florence

Count Filippo Contini Bonacossi represents the fourth generation of the winemakers. He made his first bottle of wine at the age of 8. No wonder that wines of his family owned Tenuta di Capezzana receives International awards and high 92+ points all the time. Fascinating the history of his wine area, Carmignano. How the area…

5 things that surprise foreigners in the attitude of Italians to the wine

This post in the Italian language is at mangiaebevi.it The ancient Romans were not just conquerors. They brought in every sphere a culture that could unite the Empire. The language was probably the most important. But also the Romans planted grape vines in the conquered territories in order to rally people even more. That’s why…

5 restaurants in Rome where you can meet a celebrity

If you are in Rome or planning to come, this list can help you to save a ton of time from choosing among hundreds of places. The high-quality food made by the best chefs and a pleasant atmosphere is included. Even if there is no guarantee on 100% you’ll see your favorite actor or football player,…

«Forget about the grape variety! Think about the territory where it grew» – 5 valuable thoughts from the Italian wine experts

Enology – wine science. Riccardo Cotarella is one of the most famous, even legendary oenologists of Italy, president of the association Assoenologi, co-founder of Famiglia Cotarella winemaking company. Paolo Lauciani is a sommelier, author of articles in Bibenda magazine, professor at the Italian Sommelier Foundation (FIS).  Paolo Lauciani (left) and Riccardo Cotarella Here are 5…

What are Super Tuscan wines?

What it comes to your mind when you hear “Super Tuscan” wine? For me, it was iconic Italian wines such as Sassicaia, Solaia, Tignanello, etc. Expensive too, 100, 300, 1000+ euro per bottle. Then in a store, I’ve seen a bottle which cost 30$ and had a label I wasn’t familiar with. Ok, not all of…

How to pair wine with your boyfriend

Valentine’s Day is coming. The sense of this holiday really is not clear to anyone except marketers. Fortunately, wine lovers have a holiday every day. Let’s pair this time wine not with food, but with your boyfriend. 1. You don’t have a boyfriend – cool, there is nothing to worry about, so you can just…

What to love Aglianico wine for?

Aglianico is delicious! Ok, maybe this argument can only be used for mom. Then this: 1.  Noble and non-industrial grape. It grows only on 9,900 hectares in the world, almost all – in Italy. For comparison – Paris just a little bit bigger! 2. Aglianico one of those grapes that grows on a volcano: volcanic…

Italian excellence: do you know Franciacorta?

Have you heard about Franciacorta? Most of my non-Italian friends are not. – Is it somewhere in France? – assumed my friend Shibhon. – No, it’s a fancy sparkling wine you brought us from… North of Italy? – Jennifer wasn’t so sure in her answer. Franciacorta is a wine zone in the north of Italy,…