In the blog post, “Falesco Family of Lazio and Umbria aims to be a global player in wine,” writer John Mariani highlights the lesser-known wine regions in Lazio and Umbria and notes that in such overlooked regions, there is a high-caliber of quality wine coming from a new wave of producers. FALESCO is profiled as a leader in Lazio and Umbria, with roots dating back to 1979 and founded by the brothers Renzo and Riccardo Cotarella. Now headed by their daughters, Marta, Dominga and Enrica, the estate is pushing the boundaries even further, creating an international presence in the wine world and acting as ambassadors for wines from Lazio and Umbria.
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In “Aglianico: The World’s Oldest Cultivated Grape is Italy’s Unknown Wine Treasure,” writer Joseph V. Micallef provides a brief history of Aglianico, one of Italy’s most storied southern grapes. First cultivated in Greece, vines were brought to Italy by traders around 800 BC. According to Dennis Dubourdieu, a professor of oenology at the University of Bordeaux, it is “probably the grape with the longest consumer history of all.” It finds its home in warm, southern Italy, with the regions of Basilicata and Campania providing the best examples. Listed as top wine from Campania is the MASTROBERARDINO Radici Taurasi Riserva, noted for its “dry, herbal, aromatic notes of the Mediterranean’s wild mountain brush and the dense concentrated fruit that is the signature trademark of Aglianico.”
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“If the long title without a headlining grape seems a bit daunting, skip to your nearest shop where the Italian wine section is strong and ask about it. This dry, intriguing blend contains unique grapes typical to regions near Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. When was the last time you had Carricante, Minnella, and Catarratto, all in one white wine? From volcanic soil, Erse smells of hay and pear, and there's a savory component which makes me think of red wine upon tasting this. Flecks of herbs with a hint of tomato. Try this with roasted asparagus with olive oil and coarse salt.”
“Pinot Bianco from Tiefenbrunner, grown and made in northern Italy's Alps in Alto Adage, is the third white to chase down. While Pinot Bianco may not yet be everyday white to most consumers, it could be at your house after you become acquainted. Castel Turmhof winery vineyards are among the world's highest and, at nearly 3200 feet above sea level, produce wines of understated intensity. The flavors and aromas are primarily of flowers and lemon creating an impression of elegance with backbone. You may detect a whiff of rose petals in this wine. A gift for this time of year, but equally compelling in other seasons. Other varietals are available from Tiefenbrunner, including a flagship Muller-Thurgau and the red wine Lagrein. A great starter wine for the evening and an easy friend to fish and salads.”