Foss Marai; Prosecco

Canoso dal 1876; Soave

Tenuta Casabianca; Toscana I.G.T.

La Selva; Toscana I.G.T & D.O.C.G.

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Conegliano-Valdobbiadene is a magnificent area, but difficult to cultivate. For many years winegrowers have tilled the hills, inch by inch, to make the soil more suitable, looking after their beloved vineyards with their own hands.


It is a unique place both in Italy and globally, and has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Superiore di CARTIZZE:

A unique spumante wine of its kind obtained by processing the Glera grapes grown in the small hilly area of Valdobbiadene (104 hectares overall) known as Cartizze.

 

The Cartizze Foss Marai has an intense wisteria aroma, with a hint of rose.

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Superiore di CARTIZZE:

Sommelier notes: Surprisingly not overly sweet to the taste, will match well with aperitif or light courses throughout the meal. A fine example of what can be produced.

Superiore di CARTIZZE:

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Service temperature: 8-10˚c.

Alcohol: 11%

Residual sugar: 26-28 gl

Acidity: 5.5-6 gl

STRADA DI GUIA 109 Valdobbiadene Extra Dry

The spumante wine par excellence, maximising the traditional Glera characteristics. The rich bouquet of Strada di Guia 109 Extra-dry stands out for the intensity and elegance of its acacia and apple aromas. Its freshness and residual Sugar blend together exquisitely, resulting in a truly delicious flavour.

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STRADA DI GUIA 109 Valdobbiadene Extra Dry

Sommelier notes: superbly well matched to light snacks at any time of day, particularly lightly battered vegetables tempura style.

It also holds its own as a stand alone drink.

STRADA DI GUIA 109 Valdobbiadene Extra Dry

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Service temperature: 8-10˚c.

Alcohol: 11%

Residual sugar:14.5 -15.5 gl

Acidity: 5-6 gl

ROÖS Brut

The rediscovery of native varieties no longer in use but of great value, has given rise to ROÖS, a warm yet lively rosé spumante wine.
The predominant aromas are given by fruits of the forest and cornel cherry.

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ROÖS Brut

Sommelier notes: A lively moose and very attractive to the eye, there is just a touch of spice to the drink that adds an extra dimension. Would partner very well with first courses and strong cheese as well as a summer picnic beside a river

ROÖS Brut

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Service temperature: 8-10˚c.

Alcohol: 11.5%

Residual sugar:5-7 gl

Acidity: 6 gl

 

Canoso 1876

 A Soave Verona winery

Fonte: Soave Classico D.O.C.

Brightly deep yellow in appearance yet surprisingly light to taste. Intense and complex aroma with chamomile and meadow flowers leading onto ripe limes and fruity peach skin. It is dry on the palate, well balanced between freshness and softness. The taste lasts long and there is good minerality due to the volcanic soils of the vineyard.

Fonte: Soave Classico D.O.C.

Sommelier notes: After two years of maturity this wine is ready for drinking and buyers should look for this aging time. Great as an aperitif, but will pair very well with Vegan vegetable dishes or a great vegan pairing is a cold Italian Market Place Salad: Ditalini pasta; fresh basil, oregano, tomato, fresh sliced garlic, black olives, fresh mozzarella, sliced red peppers, topped with orange zest.

Fonte: Soave Classico D.O.C.

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Grapes variety: Garganega 100%
Soil type: Basaltic from Volcanic origin
Vine training system: Guyot
Vine age: 35 years
Harvest: Middle of September
Maceration: 4 hours with skin contact
Aging: Stainless steel tanks minimum of 6 months on lees, minimum of 2 months in the bottle
Alcohol: 12,5%

Verso: Soave Superiore D.O.C.G. Classico

Beautifully described as straw yellow in appearance with deeper gold reflections it clings to the glass well on examination. Aromas of minerals and salts lead onto ripe green and yellow fruits especially kiwi. Elegantly balanced between freshness and warmth leaving a lingering memory of almonds.

Verso: Soave Superiore D.O.C.G. Classico

Sommelier notes: The growing on volcanic soils gives this wine a very mineral presence. Imagine nibbling the last pieces of fruit from the stones of fully ripe peaches and nectarines.

For Vegan cuisine this would pair superbly well with chilled soups and couscous salads

Verso: Soave Superiore D.O.C.G. Classico

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Grapes variety: 80% Garganega, 15% Trebbiano di Soave, 5% Manzoni Bianco
Soil type: Basaltic from Volcanic origin
Vine training system: Guyot
Vine age: 30 years
Harvest: In between first week of September and the second of October
Maceration: 8 hours with skin contact
Aging: Stainless steel tanks minimum of 12 months on lees, minimum of 4 months in the bottle
Alcohol: 12,5% Vol.

 

Innovation and care for the land: these are the passwords that have been urging the winery to invest in the vineyards and wine cellars for years, in order to obtain wines which fully enhance their terroir.

The company has embarked on a process of conversion that, from the harvest 2015, will bring it to be certified ORGANIC, in order to clear the use of pesticides and pesticides, enhancing and increasing the self-regulating mechanisms of ecosystems.

This special attention to nature allows the winery to have a richer and richer soil and sound high quality grapes.

Casabianca produces a line of IGT products, including of this white and these two red wines.

 

Cleo: I.G.T. Toscana 2014 Blend

Vines:
Vermentino 75% - 25% Viognier

Cleo I.G.T. Toscana

Casabianca is a natural wine producer located in the heart of Chianti Colli senesi. Yet they are here producing a boundary pushing white wine which only permits the I.G.T. classification from within the D.O.C.G.  region of production.

Also worth noting that the bottle is seen as entitled to its own piece of artwork thus doubly reflecting the artistic heritage of the region.

Cleo I.G.T. Toscana

Sommelier notes: A pale straw-yellow with pale green hues at the edges. The bouquet is intensely ripe citrus stone fruit, especially apricot with a secondary note of dry green tea leaf. The flavour is pears and ripe peach combined with mango freshness. Well balanced and very persistent. Would pair well with Vegan dishes that are being flavoured with aromatic herbs such as Thai Basil or Tarragon.

Cleo: Toscana I.G.T.

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Vines:Vermentino 75% - 25% Viognier

Technique of vinification and ageing:
Vermentino: soft pressing of the grapes, static clarification of the must and fermentation at a controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks

Viognier: soft pressing of the grapes, static clarification of the must and fermentation in oak-barrels.

Production of grapes per hectare:6500 kg/ha

Annual production: 3,500 bottles

15 Staiori I.G.T. Toscana

A Merlot from Tuscany.

Sometimes words say it all.

With its own artwork.

15 Staiori I.G.T. Toscana

Sommelier notes: As one should expect; an intense ruby red with violet reflections in colour, with that classic bouquet, definitely fruity. With the aging that comes from time in  barriques it expresses notes of jam, spices, coffee and cinnamon.  Yet there is freshness and harmony. Great depth. Long and pleasant persistence. Ideal service temperature would be 18-20c. As for vegan pairings, well try grilled mushrooms, tomato sauce pasta, vegetable stew, and best of all, vegan chocolate chip cookies

15 Staiori I.G.T. Toscana

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Vines:Merlot 100%

Production area: Fontanella vineyard located at an altitude of 220 m above sea level. North-south position.

Technique of vinification and ageing:
Manual and selective harvest, further selection of the separated grapes in the winery. Fermentation in stainless steel tank. Ageing in the French barriques for 18 months and refinement in bottle for 6 months.

Production of grapes per hectare:3500 kg/ha

Annual production:1000 bottles

Loccareto I.G.T. Toscana

Colorino, a grape perhaps new to you, perhaps not. Usually used as an agent to help the Chianti blends of the region gain their deep red colour.

A grape native to Tuscany but very few winemakers get chance to use it as a single grape variety as the need for it in Chianti blends accounts for most production.

Loccareto I.G.T. Toscana

Sommelier notes:In colour; ruby with light garnet shades to the outer edges, The bouquet is intense and frank. The vanilla of the oak is balanced well against the fruits. A rounded well-structured mouthfeel creates a harmony between the tannins and the alcohol which is noticeably there at 14%. Best served at 18-20c and a superb pairing for vegan dishes focusing on lentils especially.

Loccareto I.G.T. Toscana

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Vines: Colorino 100% -

Technique of vinification and ageing:
Manual and selective harvest, further selection of the separated grapes in the winery; fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Ageing in second passage french barriques for about 12 months and refinement in bottle for 6 months

Production of grapes per hectare:3500 kg/Ha

Annual production: 3000  Bottles

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Morellino di Scansano D.O.C.G. Toscana

Grapes are nature; wine is culture

Our work as winegrowers is situated right there, between nature and culture. Our passion and love for ecology, and our meticulous care of the vineyards and soils, give our wines great character. Our philosophy is to work with native grape varieties to create wines that are the full expression of our region. Through our wine, we want to convey the complex flavours and aromas of our beloved Maremma. We produce authentic, sincere wines that balance tradition and innovation, that respect nature and the land they come from. Boldness, conviviality and generosity: this is what we want to express through our wines.

Morellino di Scansano D.O.C.G. Toscana

Sommelier notes: Every part of this wine indicates harmony between its elements.

It can be described as an elegant wine evoking red berries and spices. Intense ruby red in colour,elegant and spicy with fresh notes of red berries. In the mouth it is soft, persistent and fresh at the finish. Recommended Vegan pairing with pasta dishes with red sauces and spicy dishes. Best served at 18c​.

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Morellino di Scansano D.O.C.G. Toscana

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Grape variety: Sangiovese 90%, Merlot 10% Production area: Magliano in Toscana

Annual production: 30,000 bottles Grape harvest: manual, in mid-September

Vinification: the grapes from our best vineyards registered as Morellino DOCG are processed in a very traditional manner: the bunches are destemmed, pressed and fermented in steel tanks for two weeks at a controlled temperature of 26°C. Ageing for 3 months in steel tanks, after blending the wine continues its refinement for another 3 months in steel tanks and at least one month in the bottle.   Certification: ICEA – Naturland Fair

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COLLI DELL'UCCELLINA Morellino di Scansano riserva D.O.C.G. Toscana

Grapes are nature; wine is culture

This Morellino di Scansano, one of our region’s most extraordinary wines, comes from our vineyard in Uccellina Park. An elegant, compact and full-bodied wine with pleasantly fruity and spicy notes. Colli dell'Uccellina, is  produced with infinite care and patience, selecting only the best grapes to guarantee the highest quality. The wine ages in French oak barriques for several months until it reaches its maximum expression. 

COLLI DELL'UCCELLINA Morellino di Scansano riserva D.O.C.G. Toscana

Sommelier notes: Ruby red in colour with pale edges, Initially giving ripe red fruits and noticeable blackcurrant there develops a pleasant and complex flavour of spice. The taste leads with fresh dark fruits followed by a well structured tannins which balance the freshness very well. The flavour lingers well. This would pair well in a vegan cuisine with stews and lentils. Will best be served at 16c.

COLLI DELL'UCCELLINA Morellino di Scansano riserva D.O.C.G. Toscana

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Grape variety: 85% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot  Production area: Magliano in Toscana   Annual production: 20,000 bottles Grape harvest: manual, in cratesVinification: the grapes are harvested when they achieve optimal ripeness and vinified separately in small stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. When fermentation is completed, the Sangiovese is left in contact with the skins for another 10 days, while the Merlot is placed directly into new French oak barriques. At the end of maceration, the Sangiovese is put into French oak tonneuax for 12 months. During maturation the wines are racked twice and combined only shortly before bottling.

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SANGIOVESE BIANCO Bianco Toscano IGT

Grapes are nature; wine is culture

The freshness of the white meets the expression of the red in this Sangiovese vinified in white.

SANGIOVESE BIANCO Bianco Toscano IGT

Sommelier notes: Fruity bouquet with mineral notes, almost petrichor like.  A pale powder yellow colour with straw yellow nuances. Fruity, with hints of small ripe red berries berries and a touch of spiciness. Fresh, smooth and fruity on the palate, with well-balanced acidity and excellent persistence. The taste lingers much longer than one would expect. A recommended pairing for Vegan aperitifs and grilled vegetable dishes. Best served at 10-12c

SANGIOVESE BIANCO Bianco Toscano IGT

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Grape variety:  Sangiovese  Production area: Magliano in Toscana Annual production: 12,000 bottles Grape harvest: manual, in mid-September.

Vinification: light pressing of the whole grapes, static cold decanting, and fermentation in stainless steel at a temperature of 15°C. The wine is left to age on the lees for 6 months prior to bottling. Refinement in the bottle for at least 3 months.​ 

Certification: ICEA – Naturland Fair

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