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Wine Tasting in the Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar: Italian Sparkling Wine

Wed Jun 23rd, 2010 4pm-6pm
Trapp Family Lodge
Venue: Trapp Family Lodge
$15.00 fee per person
700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672 (Map) (Set as Local)
Wine Tasting in the Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar: Italian Sparkling Wine Stowe Vermont

We will be tasting new releases of Italian Sparkling wine, for inclusion on our list. Rafael Flores of Artisanal Cellars, will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions.
Sparkling wines are made throughout Italy but the Italian sparklers most widely seen on the world market are the Franciacorta from Lombardy, Asti from Piedmont, Lambrusco from Emilia and Prosecco from Veneto. Most of Italy's sparkling wines are produced in the cooler regions of northern Italy, particularly Piedmont, Veneto, and Lombardy.
Unlike Champagne, most Italian sparkling wines are made using the Charmat method. Using this method, the wine's second fermentation is done in a tank instead of in the bottles, and the resulting wine is bottled young. This technique is particularly suited to crisp, low alcohol wines, such as Asti and Moscato d'Asti. Generally, sparkling wines produced this way are best consumed when young and have little staying power. Italian sparkling wines are generally less expensive than their French and Californian counterparts. They have a crisp, inviting character all of their own. Perfect for holiday toasting, picnics, and patio cookouts, Italian sparklers continue to delight. Prosecco is most famous for its starring role in the Bellini, a cocktail made from fresh white peach juice and Prosecco, created at Harry's Bar in Venice. Moscato d'Asti, too, is made from Moscato grapes. Technically a fizzante, a fizzy or lightly sparkling wine, Moscato d'Asti has fewer bubbles than its Asti cousin.
This wine is light and crisp and relatively low in alcohol, about five to seven percent, it is a tradition to drink a glass of Moscato d'Asti in celebration on Christmas Day. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread.
The wines featured will be:
De Conciliis, "Selim", Spumante Brut, Campania NV
Cima da Conegliano, Prosecco di Conegliano, "Extra Dry", Veneto NV
Frecciarossa, "Nai", Bianco Frizzante, Lombardy 2008
Ca'dei Mandorli, Spumante Brut Rosato, Piedmont NV
San Giuliano, Moscato d'Asti, Piedmont 2008
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $15.00 fee per person.
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