White Heat

veneto_map emailCool down this weekend with two of Veneto’s finest: Prosecco and Soave Classico

If you’re searching for cool whites this June, look no further than Veneto. The northern Italian region, famed for its Valpolicella and Amarone, is also home to classic white appellations Prosecco and Soave. This Friday at Vino taste an exquisite example of each: they’re the perfect wines with which to start another warm weekend.

The Veneto town of Valdobbiadene, and its neighbor Conegliano, are home to Prosecco, a hugely popular grape variety and a source of local pride in the area. Valdobbiadene is listed as one of Italy’s “Città del Vino” (“Wine Cities”) and for over forty years has hosted a sparkling wine fair, today known as Forum Spumanti d’Italia. For over a century meanwhile, Conegliano has housed the renowned Scuola di Viticultura e Enologia (School of Viticulture and Enology) which was founded in 1876 and today continues to ensure quality of production is maintained in the region.

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The complex patchwork of hillside vineyards around Valdobbiadene.

Col de’ Salici believes that their Spumante Prosecco is the finest expression of the DOC variety. Recognizing that their location in the hilly subzone of Valdobbiadene would produce a superior crop, the company has chosen to focus solely on producing a line of high-quality sparkling proseccos. Prosecco Brut di Valdobbiadene is a dry and structured spumante, typically aromatic and fruity, possessing an unmistakable elegance.

Fourth-generation producer and brother of winemaker Graziano Prà, young Flavio Prà has already established himself as a renowned figure in Veneto, forging a reputation as one of the region’s best producers of Soave and Valpolicella. A keen student of enology, following graduation Flavio worked for 15 years as a consultant to some of the area’s top wineries who sought to produce wines of the highest quality. This experience, while broadening his knowledge of the winemaking industry also allowed him to hone his craft and conceive his own brand. Flavio states that terroir and terrain are essential factors in producing a superior wine, a philosophy which led him on a search for the zone’s most optimum “campi” (literally “fields”), from which the company takes its name.

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The scenery around the town of Soave is dominated by vineyards and the town’s medieval castle.

The Soave Classico denomination specifies Soave hailing from the neighboring towns of Soave and Monteforte d’Alpone, each located roughly 20-25 kilometers east of Verona. These sites are considered the oldest in the Soave DOC, and are often referred to as the “zona storica”. Flavio Prà’s Soave Classico is a blend of Garganega (85%) and Trebbiano di Soave (15%), grapes which are grown on 100% volcanic earth, resulting in the name “Campo Vulcano”. Intense both in its straw yellow color and on the nose and palate, the wine remains fine and fresh, releasing aromas typical of the two primary Soave DOC varieties.

prosecco and soaveTaste both wines this Friday, June 5, from 5:30pm!

Prosecco Brut di Valdobbiadene NV Col de’ Salici
was $18, now $15

Soave Classico Campo Vulcano 2007 I Campi
$29

For more information call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.

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