Grignolino, a gentle red wine

I did not know Grignolino, I mean good, I like it, sul ‘campo’. I do not consider myself an expert, as I often say are just a woman who loves wine and wants to know him through all the elements that compose.

The wine for me is an expression of the experience of man applied to the vine, to the territory and climate, so I wonder – how you can give a full review without knowing each element that helps to determine its characteristics? – Some, with the taste you can reap the defects or merits, but that did not stop them.  

Precisely for this, a few days ago, when a friend asked me what I thought of a wine, I was tempted to reply… – sto, I can tell you that I like or do not like, ma and vino, until I met him in his fullness, I pass only half. It 's like to know a person by reading her, but without having met her ... you will never have the perception of what is really

I made this premise for you to understand how 'I love living the wine', but above all to make you understand the enthusiasm with which I jumped at the invitation of Maurizio gilyak and Monica Pisciella for #grignolinodigitour. That said, Spot on ... it starts!

When beginning a journey, short or long, within almost in another dimension, I swear, I'm not kidding! Within in symbiosis with the land that I visit.

Now I'm thinking that ... but as they are beautiful landscapes wine! In this season then, with the many shades of colors ranging from green to yellow and red ... a true wonder!

Did you know that wine landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato are candidates to become UNESCO World Heritage? Well you, and about!

The # GrignolinoDigiTour was held Sunday 17 November.

Together with friends we left the Officina Enoica Milan pointing in the direction of Rock of Rosignano Monferrato, a balcony that I recommend you visit for its stunning views.

To expect Maurizio Gily, that, immediately after the customary greetings, it was found on the height of my heels; the last time we saw each other in Gavi I had a couple stratospheric, I have not repeated that mistake this time. 😉

A walk to get to know an area is the best way to live. It 's so that it is started our tour in the land of Grignolino: a path between the 'i bric e foss’, the rolling hills of Casale Monferrato.

From time to time I lost sight of the group because of my constant stops to photograph every angle hitting my eyes.

The views of the vineyards, the characteristic views of the beautiful homes in pietra of Cantoni, sandstone typical of these places, up to the viewpoint, or better, ‘Asal Sass’, the rock on which stands the original town.

Once we found in common to expect the kind of government representatives Rosignano Monferrato, Cell and Monte San Giorgio. In addition to welcome us there explained their project to promote the area addressed in particular to digital communicators.

They could not miss a cup of coffee and the famous Krumiri Portinaro, a typical Monferrato which dates back to 1878, year in which he died Vittorio Emanuele II. He was dedicated, inspired by the typical shape of its 'handlebar mustache'.

The next stop was a visit to 'Eco-museum and its infernot located in Cella Monte, common characteristic for buildings exposed stone from the cantons.

Guess who I met them? A woman with a hat, or better, una bella ‘Monferrina’! This name originates from an ancient ballad of Monferrato whose birth seems to date back to the story of a young Piedmontese, Maria Catlina, courted by her lover with this dance.

The infernot are underground niches carved into the stone by the cantons. Situati in private homes, are they airing live without light, with climate and humidity constant. Environments, that in the history of wine-making, have found the ideal place for storing wine.

Underground architecture born of peasant wisdom, which has made today an expression of rural tradition of this area.

Arrived in time for lunch we stopped at the ‘Relais I Castagnoni, Dimora a vintage 1742, a religious convent time. Here we tasted the typical dishes of the Monferrato white truffle.

Maurizio gilyak, after a blind tasting in twelve samples of Grignolino, told us about the history and characteristics of this wine typical of Casale Monferrato, a wine that is still little known to most.

The meeting and listening to producers, then, completed the picture. With them, I had the opportunity to, to taste, and a better understanding of this wine as it should be.

Grignolino, a light ruby ​​colored wine, as repeatedly stressed by admin, not a rosé wine, but red wine vinification with maceration on the skins. A wine very sensitive to the territory of origin from which acquires the peculiar characteristics.

Defined by Veronelli Anarchica eat and forehead Balorda, for almost rebellious and independent personality, of Mario Soldati, as the most delicate of all the wines of Piedmont.

Lo sto bevendo ora, As I write, after I met him at the place where it was born, after talking with those who produce. I do not like too much about the wines embroider, For this reason, I will describe in a few words: ‘Grignolino, a gentle red wine’.

You have to go to the wine without waiting for the wine to come to us "

Filiberto Lodi – Journalist

The etymology of the term Grignolino seems to date back to the medieval term 'berbexinus', a wine grape berbexine considered valuable. (Maurizio source Gily)

“Lu You Cottu "the land of the wild boar

I present to you “lu vi cottu"In the local dialect means Marche “mulled wine”, a dessert wine.

We are Loro Piceno, in Macerata, common to the excellence of this ancient drink of the Marche. Mario Soldati work Vino al Vino of 1971, describing the sensations experienced when tasting a must cotto aged sixty years' writing:

“I find it a dessert wine, excellent. A nice brick red color to dark gold reflections, the strange taste, smoked and rough, corrects and prevents the viscous and sometimes cloying sweetness of many raisin and marsalati. There is something fascinating, deep and rustic mountain, in vino cotto ...”

It let me know dear Emanuela Tiberi dell’The. Agricola David Tiberi of Loro Piceno (MC).

Insieme a lei, but not only, I spent a pleasant evening of food and wine circle "For All Tastes"Dedicated to the region Marche. Coordinator of this tour, Charles Vischi, the setting of the “The Cannetto, restaurant at the Sheraton Malpensa.

During dinner with Emanuela has spoken at length about this production typically Marche ancient history. Given my interest in the traditions has seen fit to send me a publication produced by the Chamber of Commerce of Macerata, I received a few days ago, and on which I quote:

"Tradition has it that, stored in oak barrels, it constituted an act to preserve the principle medicinal luster to the skin, treat rashes of children, restore the scent of breaths and, mainly, lift the human spirit from the monotony of every day. There was no farmer or sharecropper that once he had his own barrel of wine cooked. "

The mulled wine obtained by boiling the wort from the vines of Verdicchio, Trebbiano, Montepulciano and Sangiovese, resting long aging in oak barrels. In addition to being used in desserts and to flavor meat, is an excellent remedy for treating coughs and colds.

That being said I will say: “But ... the boars are escaped?” Magari you rispondo!

Unfortunately they cause serious and continuing devastation of crops. For years, entire herds damage the crops of these lands, creating serious obstacles to local agriculture. Even the hunting has been able to reduce the presence of these wild animals. An analysis of Coldiretti has estimated the damage caused by the attacks to an amount of more than four million euro.

I reproduce below the outburst that just a few days ago Emanuela made me write me an e-mail:

“Cinzia, Today I went to prune my vineyard; I found out several screws huge hole that they dug for wild boars find the roots. The risk is the consequent death of plants. A real problem is that we live for years farmers in Macerata. Who takes care of duty, but the results are still very visible.”

It seems almost impossible that we can not resolve this situation. From curious what are researching on the web, I found an article in the 2010 of the Province of Sondrio that shows the strategy adopted by local farmers “sull’uso dell’smell the bear” to ward off the wild boars. Strategy to significantly deepen…



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