In Italian 'Emilia Romagna', [eˈmiːlja roˈmaɲɲa] - [em-eel-ya ro-man-ya].
Emilia-Romagna is one of the wealthiest regions in Europe, and along with its capital Bologna, is noted for its opulent cuisine, including tortellini and rich pasta dishes, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, mortadella and a plethora of hams and salamis. With vineyards ranging from the hills of Emilia to the plains of Romagna, and stretching almost the whole width of Italy, the region has a variety of climates and produces a wide range of wines in different styles....more
In Italian 'Lombardia', [lombarˈdiːa] - [lom-bar-dee-ah].
Italy's largest and wealthiest region, Lombardy stretches from the Alps and the great lakes of Garda and Maggiore, to the Po Valley, and has a relatively cool climate.
The most prestigious wines are the Chardonnay-dominated D.O.C.G sparkling wines of Franciacorta, but there are also notable Pinot Nero and Riesling sparkling wines from Oltrepò Pavese.
The most famous red is the D.O.C.G Valtellina, made from Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) - these are elegant wines, slightly lighter and less tannic...more
The third most-planted red grape variety in Italy after Sangiovese and Montepulciano, Barbera has probably been cultivated at least since the thirteenth century and is thought to have originated in the Monferrato hills in Piedmont (Piemonte).
Due to its widespread planting, Barbera can produce a range of wine types and qualities from medium bodied and fruity to more robust and intense wines with impressive ageing potential, but they all share important charactistics: the deep ruby colour (making it valuable in blending), the relatively high acidity which is useful (and unusual) in war...more
Dolcetto is a black grape variety grown predominantly in the north west region of Piedmont. (Piemonte). Although the name of this variety implies sweetness, the wines it makes tend to be dry, with low acidity, flavours of black cherry, grape, balckberry and herbs, and typically with a bitter finish from the high levels of tannins.
Growing alongside Nebbiolo and Barbera, it is an important and useful grape in that it ripens more easily and can therefore occupy the less desirable slopes, and produces an early drinking wine which provides income while the more 'important' wines are matur...more
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