Italian Wines from Ryan White

This will be one of the greatest tastings ever hosted by Mudgie’s.

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TANDEM 1

Producer: Ornello Molon
Region: Piave, Veneto
Grape: Raboso
Type: 2011 Frizzante
Link: Molon
Price: (Reg. $16) only $7 while supplies last

Producer: Adriano Adami
Region: Treviso, Veneto
Grape: Prosecco
Name: NV Garbel
Link: Adam
Price: $10, 375ml

 

TANDEM 2

Producer: Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona
Region: Montalcino, Tuscany
Grape: Sangiovese Grosso
Name: 2012 Rosso di Montalcino
Link: Indigenous Selections
Price: $22

Producer: COS
Region: Vittoria, Sicily
Grapes: Frappato and Nero d’Avola
Name: 2012 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico
Link: COS
Price: $39

 

TANDEM 3

Producer: Paolo Bea
Region: Montefalco, Umbria
Grapes: 60% Sangiovese, 10% Montepulciano, 30% indigenous varieties incl. Sagrantino
Name: 2009 Umbria Rosso, San Valentino
Link: Paolo Bea great photos
Price: $39

Producer: Cappellano
Region: Langhe, Piedmont
Grapes: Nebbiolo plus natural flavors
Name: Barolo Chinato
Link: Sedimentary Wines
Price: $59
This is the original Barolo Chinato, made by the secret family recipe since the 1890s. An infusion of Barolo with neutral spirit, quinine bark, clove, wormwood and cinnamon and a small amount of cane sugar

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Bourbon

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Bourbon. So it’s made out of corn. Barley can be included for its enzymatic activity, rye for spice and dimension. Most of this American whiskey is produced in Kentucky by only a handful of distillers. Why are there so many different brands? If Jim Beam offers a finer selection, for more money, doesn’t its absence just degrade the standard blend?

If Bourbon branding is like wine, the proliferation of labels is meant to segment the market and feed dollars into handlers’ pockets. But now, after decades of appreciation and an intensive three-week re-examination – both of the taste and the literature – it’s clear that this brand structure works in the consumer’s favor.

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