After a recent episode of “Dirty, Sexy, Money” (ABC) entitled “Chiavennasca” featured the wines of Lombardia, we received countless emails and calls asking about the grape variety, the Lombard name for its local clone of Nebbiolo.
“Nick [the character played by Peter Krause] went all the way to Italy to fetch a bottle of ‘Chiavennasca’ wine,” write the editors of Entertainment Weekly in this week’s issue. “You can taste it closer to home: We recommend this 2002 Conti Sertoli Salis Sforzato Canua.”
Conti Sertoli Salis Canua Sforzato is one of Lombardia’s most rare and coveted wines. It is a dried-grape wine made from Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo). The term sforzato, meaning literally “forced,” refers to the drying process: as the grapes are dried, their flavor and sugar are “forced” or concentrated. Traditionally, Sforzato is paired with hearty wintry second courses but can also be served as an after-dinner meditative wine with cheese.
At Vino, we also love Conti Sertoli Salis’ “white” Chiavennasca.