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Tasty & Organic Italian Pinot Grigio Ramato (Pink Wine)

Wine Review of 2016 Corvezzo Terre di Marca Organic Pinot Grigio Ramato, Veneto

Score: 88/100

Pinot Grigio, related to France’s Pinot Gris grape variety (understand: “the grey Pinot”), is now a very famous and popular Italian wine style, generally coming from the North of the country, the Veneto region in particular.

The ‘Grigio’ as it’s often nicknamed, is most usually made into white wine.

But when the pinkish-skinned Pinot Grigio grapes (this is why the variety is called ‘grey’, because its skins have a grey pinkish hue) are crushed, and the juice spends time in contact with the skins (a winery process called skin-contact, or maceration), coppery hues result as well as a fuller-bodied texture.

This pink-salmon style is known in Italy as Ramato.

Veneto organic wine producer Corvezzo winery offers this Pinot Grigio under the Delle Venezie IGT appellation, made from 100% organic Pinot Grigio grapes, fermented on skins for 8 days in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes

This Grigio Ramato comes in a shiny salmon-pink color, somewhat of a pale orange with pink hues to it, typical of the style.

After such a vibrant and appealing look at its appearance, the aromatic profile surprises by its apparent austerity. In place of opulent ripe red berry fruit aromas, are rather lean and slightly vegetal notes of lily and acacia leaf, only slightly sweetened by hints of peach and apricot. It’s clearly predominantly fruity and floral, but also dry-smelling, like a hay that would be full of dried flowers too, something like a pot-pourri.

The palate is very soft and creamy, featuring an oily texture on a crisp background from a good acidity. It delivers a smooth yet dry experience, providing flavors of green pear, pomegranate, and honeysuckle. It is somewhat of a big burst of opulent tropical flowers, orchid-like scented, with hints of vanilla flower, pungent oily floral notes.

Touches of phenolics tease your taste buds to the finish, making you salivate and giving a salty edge.

Overall

A tasty Ramato wine, bursting with floral notes, with a dry and savory edge, made for be paired with antipasti or entrées.

Enjoy 🙂

Julien Miquel

Check out Azienda Corvezzo Website corvezzo.it

Learn more about the producing winery at Azienda Agricola Corvezzo profile:

Related Read: What is a prosecco? Infographic Wine Guide

Corvezzo Terre di Marca Pinot Grigio Ramato Label Images

37 Unique Wine Gifts (2017 Edition)

What do you buy a wine lover? Wine, maybe? Egads no! That’s too stressful–like buying art for an art collector. So instead, leave tasting to the tasters and focus on all the wonderful items that wine enthusiasts truly need, want, and lust after.

Unique Wine Gifts for Wine Lovers

Some of the wine gifts are quite new and others are tried-and-true. Please enjoy the Wine Folly Wine Gift Guide for 2017 and we hope it helps you create the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life.

Wine Gifts Under $ 40

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A really good sommelier friend of ours ran up a sizable credit card bill after discovering Natural Whine on Instagram. Yes, we are wholly disappointed in her money management skills, but no, we can’t help but gawk in awe every time she wears her Cru Beaujolais sweatshirt.

Even wine hipsters need to wear clothes.


Moleskin Wine Note Taking Journal

For those who still love the feeling of writing, Moleskin came out with a pretty handy journal designed especially for wine tasting notes.


WAF Champagne Stopper made in Italy Wine Folly

Hands down, this is the best Champagne stopper we’ve ever come across. The patented WAF design is easy to operate and won’t pop off like those double clasp-styles often do. It’s one of those kitchen drawer tools that no wine lover should be without.


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You might laugh, but this little wine opener works wonders on older bottles with natural cork. Plus, it feels amazing to use. Anyone with a wine collection will appreciate this little German-made opener.


Hicoup Wine Opener Hard to Beat

For $ 11, it’s really hard to beat the quality of the Hicoup corkscrew. While it’s no Code 38, it still looks great, feels great, and if you’re building a multi-item gift for someone, it makes a great addition.


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Thinking of stocking stuffers? Crystal wine glasses are kind of like fancy cars. You can drive them into the ground but if you baby them, they’ll last a lifetime and become a classic. A lint-free polishing cloth will make them shine like they are always new.


Wine Towel

We buy tea towels by the sack-full for polishing glassware but really wish we had one as cool as these.


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It doesn’t matter if it’s a $ 5 or a $ 5,000 bottle of wine. If it’s red, it will stain. This stocking stuffer is one of those household items that wine lovers cannot live without. We’ve used both Wine Away and Chateau Spill, and both are great, but the former is the best we’ve found thus far.


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Now you can carry your wine anywhere you can carry a water bottle. Swell makes a 25 oz. bottle, which is exactly the right size to pack the entire contents of a wine bottle (okay, not exactly–you’ll have to drink the remaining 0.36 ounces).


Antique Wine Tools and Gifts

A profound thought: serious wine enthusiasts are captivated with history and human-made things. And, wine enthusiasts have been obsessed with wine for a long, long time. As a result, there are a great many amazing antiquities in the wine sphere. A quick trip to ebay revealed some great choices, all for under $ 40.


Wine Flavor Chart by Wine Folly
Want to know how to drink better wine? Simple. Learn how to taste all the flavors. This is a great item for an enthusiast because the backside of the paper chart also includes aroma compounds associated with different flavors in wine. Designed, printed, and shipped to you directly from Wine Folly in Seattle, WA.

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Aeration is a necessary thing for red wine. It greatly improves the taste. Plus, the practice of emptying a bottle into a decanter is strangely therapeutic.

There are a multitude of decanters to choose from. Our favorite one is still the restaurant standard issue Riedel Merlot decanter. Don’t worry, you can use it on any variety.


Wine Tasting Placemats

Learn to write great tasting notes using wine tasting placemats that are designed to guide you through a tasting from start to finish. This is probably the most interactive gift of the bunch. Designed, printed, and shipped to you directly from Wine Folly in Seattle, WA.


Champagne Wine Map

On the hunt for quality? A map of your favorite wine region will quickly point you in the right direction. Designed, printed, and shipped to you directly from Wine Folly in Seattle, WA.


Wine and Cheese Poster Gray Blue Background by Wine Folly

If you love wine, there’s a pretty good chance you’re fond of cheese as well. Why not put them together? Designed, printed, and shipped to you directly from Wine Folly in Seattle, WA.


Different Types of Wine Poster by Wine Folly

Get inspired to try new wines based on the styles you most enjoy. Designed, printed, and shipped to you directly from Wine Folly in Seattle, WA.


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It’s very difficult to find an excellent set of wine glasses for under $ 40. That said, they do exist! The Style Series are Austrian, lead-free crystal by the brand Spiegelau (part of the Riedel wine brand). This set offers 4 Bordeaux glasses for just under $ 40.

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While we’re talking wine glasses, there is another brand worth investigating that manages to produce fine crystal for a great value. Schott Zwiesel is a German glassmaker that makes a great, affordable line called Tritan, using lead-free crystal (using a titanium and zirconium oxide blend). Yes, the glass set is slightly over $ 40, but you get a set of 8!


Vinturi Original Wine Aerator

If you live on the move, or are a destroyer of fragile things, a decanter is a terrible idea. What you need is a wine aerator. This little gurgling device quickly improves the flavor of wine after a single pour (a decanter takes at least 30 minutes!). Ever since the Vinturi came out with the wine aerator, many copycats have created similar looking devices, but we still like this one the best.


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If you’re someone who works in the business as a sommelier or wine retailer, you know how annoying it is to shuffle bottles around from here to there. All day long. This handy carrier is built with the industrious wine enthusiast in mind. We’ve used one for about a year and love, love, love it.


Educational Wine Books

On the hunt for mental strengthening? How about a book? Well, for someone getting into wine there are a few books out there that have proven themselves to be the best of the best.

  1. Wine Folly Book

    Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine

    A visual handbook to the world’s more important wines and wine regions. Plus, it includes lots of information on tasting, serving and storing wine. It’s one of those toolkit books that’s a joy to use. And yes, we’re completely biased, so definitely read the reviews.

    Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine $ 20
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    The Wine Bible

    Karen MacNeil’s new edition of Wine Bible is the perfect partner to a guidebook like Wine Folly. Why? The Wine Bible has the details. The history is important because it gives meaning to the wines of the world. Therefore, we absolutely love this book.


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    Windows on the World Complete Wine Course

    This book is the core curriculum to Kevin Zraly’s famous wine beginner course. It’s an amazing book that can literally taste you through the wine world. All you need are a few bottles of wine and an open mind. That’s the best way to learn wine.


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    Wine Isn’t Rocket Science

    Wine Isn’t Rocket Science was written by an awesome French writer who works with an illustrator. The book is packed with lovely French laissez-faire drawings and useful information. The book has a distinctly European focus so it would make a great choice for a Francophile.


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    24-Hour Wine Expert

    The British wine expert, Jancis Robinson, is much more famous for her academic-level books like The Oxford Companion to Wine Companion and Wine Grapes. So it was a delight to see her launch a microbook, The 24-Hour Wine Expert, that’s loaded with wine common sense.


  6. Wine Magazines

    Staying in the know is a constant game for wine lovers. One of the most physically satisfying ways to feel wine smart is to subscribe to a wine mag. Yes, your wine-loving friends should definitely subscribe to Wine Folly’s e-newsletter (no-brainer), but printed things feel awesome too. Here are four of our favorite wine mags this year:

    1. Wine Enthusiast Magazine Cover - Winter Gift Guide by Wine Folly

      Wine Enthusiast

      A great, all around everyday wine magazine that covers the real questions we have about wine.


    2. Wine and Spirits Magazine Covers

      Wine & Spirits

      This one has the appeal of being able to peek behind the scenes of the wine business, but without all the annoying business jargon.


    3. Noble Rot Wine Magazine

      Noble Rot

      Totally irreverent. One third is fascinating, one third is beautiful, and the last third will make you mad. But then again, that’s what irreverent means.


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      World of Fine Wine

      The equivalent of an art magazine but for wine. It will make you drool at things you cannot afford.


    Wine Gifts Over $ 40

    Champagne: The essential guide to the wines, producers, and terroirs of the iconic region - Liem - review by Wine Folly

    Peter Liem has been slowly and fastidiously changing expert’s minds about 2 beverages: Sherry and Champagne. At first look, his latest book is something you could proudly place on a coffee table. Let me assure you, this book is much more than a pretty cover. Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region is a noteworthy deep-dive into the region and its wine. Make your bubbly fan happy, buy them this book!


    Zalto-universal-wine-glass review

    This is still one of our favorite wine glasses that’s easy to find. (Our other top favorite is Zwiesel’s Select Riesling Grand Cru… if you can find it!) This glass is a wee bit terrifying to use because the stem is so thin you think it will break. Surprisingly, the crystal blend Zalto uses results in a very durable glass. Not recommended for people with big hands.


    Pop Art Champagne Capsule Wine Poster

    If looking at this image doesn’t make your eyeballs pop out of our head you’re clearly not a sparkling wine snob. Get this for someone who is; it will give them googly eyes. Promise.


    champagne-saber-made-in-italy Fox

    A sword you can actually use if you know how to saber a bottle of sparkling wine. The Fox Sciabola del Sommelier is one of those tools you might never buy for yourself but you wish you had. Handmade in Italy.


    Wine Barrel Cork Catcher

    You love your corks so where do you put them? This wine barrel-shaped cork collector can store over 2,000 corks. That’s a lot. For comparison’s sake, if you drink a glass of wine a night for your entire adult life, it only equates to a little over 4,000 bottles of wine! Challenge accepted.


    Model-One-Coravin-200

    We’ve been using the Coravin now since 2015 and have to say that this wine preservation system has created a whole new way of drinking for us. Suddenly you can decide to taste some of the good wines you have without committing to the whole bottle. The Model One may look like a medical device (it was, in fact, designed by a medical device inventor!), but it’s an awesome tool for anyone who wishes to savor serious wines.


    laguiole-magnum-corkscrew-two-step

    The obsessive handmade knife-like wine opener. The new “Magnum” model truly considers people with bigger hands and is a joy to use.


    code-38-wine-opener

    Tactical grade wine opener. This is the darling and the envy of sommeliers everywhere. Not indestructible, but the parts are interchangeable, so this opener can hang with the busiest wine pros in the biz.



    How do we come up with the Wine Folly gift list? We source as many cool products over a year and then put our favorites on the list. A company cannot pay to have an item featured here, although we welcome companies to let us about their amazing new products. We do feature Wine Folly products, which are labeled. We also use affiliate sale through amazon when possible. Please help support free content by using these links if you like a product. Thanks for looking!

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    By Madeline Puckette
    I’m a certified sommelier and creator of the NYT Bestseller, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. Find me out there in the wine world @WineFolly

Stop Saying These 12 Things About Wine

It’s high time that people stop saying these 12 things about wine.

Sooner or later in your wine journey, you’re going to come across, shall we say, certain people: certain people who say certain things. They may be going for refined, but we both know they’re coming off as something else. Let them say their piece, pity them quietly, and be content in taking the high road.

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    1. “I only drink…”

    “I only drink…” / “I don’t drink…”

    There’s no way this sentence ever ends well. The world of wine is so big! There are over 1,400 identified grape varieties and thousands of unique wine regions. Why anyone would limit themselves to just a tiny fraction of it, simply doesn’t make sense. Maybe it’s no big thing, though. They could be in a wine phase and not even know it!


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    2. “Actually, it’s pronounced…”

    Pronouncing Alicante Bouschet, Gewürztraminer, and Txakoli (or Txakolina) without breaking a sweat is pretty cool. But you know what’s even cooler? Not giving people a hard time if they pronounce it wrong! (Lord knows we didn’t do it right on our first try.)


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    3. “Sweet wines? What are you, five?”

    We’re adults. And, adults can enjoy wines like Port, Sauternes, and Tokaji Aszú—sweet wines that rank among the most complex and revered wines on this planet! Yes, the wines that get most people into the world of wine in the first place tend to be sweet, so we see where that “beginners only” mentality comes from. Funny how that changes the further you get in your wine journey…


  • 4. “Ew, screw cap wines. Pass.”

    The wines of Australia and New Zealand are almost exclusively stoppered with screw caps. Take it from us, they are producing some effing dynamite stuff. Plus, screw caps have shown to age wines just fine (in fact, you don’t even have to store the bottle on it’s side). Why would someone let a flimsy, unfounded closure preference prevent them from tasting great wines? Tsk tsk.

    Learn more about the difference between corks and screw caps.


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    5. “Pssh. White wines aren’t meant for aging.”

    Sure, most white wines aren’t meant for long storage (but neither are most red wines for that matter!). However, when you get to top-tier Champagne, White Bordeaux, White Burgundy, White Rioja, Italian Soave, and German Riesling, you’ll discover they develop some surprisingly rich and luscious flavors with a little bit of age.


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    6. “I’m not drinking any #$ &@ing Merlot!”

    OK. Even now, this is still a very funny scene and quote. But what isn’t funny is dismissing some of the world’s greatest and most acclaimed wines for no good reason! Also, if this is said in reference to Sideways, the ironic inside secret was that Miles lusted after a bottle of 1961 Chateau Cheval Blanc, which is a Merlot blend from St. Emilion. See? Even Miles loves Merlot!

    (Also, if you’re still saying this, you should definitely watch some newer movies about wine. Some of them have been pretty great. Just sayin’.)


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    7. “Champagne isn’t Champagne unless it’s from the region.”

    While it’s true that Champagne can only come from Champagne, it’s been the universal word for sparkling wine for beginners for a long time. So instead of clobbering your compatriots with knowledge bombs, let them taste first and learn later. The sparkling wine might actually help smooth things over. They’ll get there, and we can all help.


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    8. “You never, ever pair red wine with fish.”

    We believe we speak for Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Beaujolais when we say, “Excuse moi?”

    Read more about pairing wine with fish here.


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    9. “How do you know it tastes like _______?”

    “Have you ever eaten a baseball glove? Doubt it.”

    A signature note of aged Tempranillo, and one that’s echoed by wine experts worldwide, is leather. Do these wine experts sit around gnawing on baseball gloves and the sides of couches? We doubt it. (But you never know.)

    We often encourage people to taste not only wine, but any number of things, be it vegetables, animals, and minerals, to expand their palate. But there’s no denying it: smell has a gigantic impact on taste. For the things we haven’t yet tasted, we’ll naturally try to relate them the best we can. That relation typically comes in the form of smell.


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    10. “You’re not getting all that acid/tannin? Ugh, it’s so obvious.”

    Oof, bad form. Detecting primary flavors is hard enough. Learning how to detect and describe acid and tannin is whole new ball game. What do productive members of wine society do? That’s right – emulate your grandma. If someone is looking adrift or openly lost, gently educate, rather than flagellate.


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    11. “There’s only one kind of wine: red.”

    Sing the praises of bold red wines all you want. We’ll join along. Right after we sing the praises for Viognier, Assyrtiko, and Albariño. All are great; all in different ways.


  • 12. “This wine tastes like morning mist, rolling down the hillsides, transforming into dewdrops on the grass…” 

    Not a half-bad tasting note, but let’s pump the brakes. We’re talking about wine, not writing the sequel to The Leaves of Grass! Now, there’s no wrong answer when it comes to taste and it’s important to remember feelings and sensations when drinking. But, it’s also equally important to put wine experiences into something that can be quantified—real tastes, real flavors. Wine is still a product and each has a specific flavor that can be (more or less) defined.

    Want to write useful wine notes? Check out this guide.

  • By Vincent Rendoni
    I’m a spicy meatball who loves light-bodied reds, aromatic whites, video games, and for better or worse, Seattle sports teams. I was a huge fan of Wine Folly before being hired, so I guess you could say I’m living the dream.

    Mulled wine recipe – Waitrose

    Mulled wine recipe - Waitrose

    waitroselive.mymedia – Olly Smith shows us how to make the ultimate mulled wine. Ingredients: 100ml orange juice 120g muscovado sugar ½ orange 4 cloves 1 vanilla pod, split in half 1 cinnamon stick 1 bay leaf 1 star anise 2cm fresh root ginger, peeled 1 bottle red wine (try Moncaro Rosso Piceno Superiore, Italy) 50ml Cointreau 50ml port Method: 1 Heat the orange juice with the sugar until dissolved. 2 Meanwhile, stud the ½ orange with the cloves and add to the pan with the vanilla pod, cinnamon stick, bay leaf and star anise. Slash the ginger a few times with a knife and add to the pan. 3 Pour the wine into the pan, then turn the heat to low and warm through for 8–9 minutes, making sure you don’t let it boil. Add the Cointreau and port and strain into a jug. For more recipes from Waitrose visit the webiste at waitrose For the facts about alcohol, visit drinkaware.

    The Wine Brothers – Wines of Navarra- Bodegas Alzania

    Bryan & Paul Hinschberger — The Wine Brothers present the amazing wines from Jose-Manual Echeverria in the Tierra Estella subzone of Navarra, Spain. A range of phenomenal high-end wines to blow your mind away.
    Video Rating: 5 / 5

    Homemade Wine Recipes – Understanding the Different Types of Wine

    Article by Rachell Ann Simbulan

    If you’re one of those who have considered toying with homemade wine recipes, you’d like to begin by understanding the following different types of wine:

    White Wine

    White wine is not exactly white, but it is called white because it is clear or transparent. It is actually one of the most beloved types of this beverage which, like any other, is made of fermented grape juice as its main ingredient. White is not only loved for its taste, but also for its many health benefits, including reducing risks of heart disease and cancer.

    Red Wine

    Homemade recipes for this particular type also have grape juice as the main ingredient, except that unlike white wine, the fruit’s skin is not removed, thus, giving the drink a red color. Like white, red wine also offers a number of health benefits, including fighting the harmful effects of smoking, heart disease protection, and prevention of hypertension.Rose Wine

    Any combination of common homemade recipes can actually produce rose wine, which gets its name from its pink tinge. This wine is also made through fermentation, but through the middle of the process, the skin of the grapes are removed. Sometimes, white wine may be combined with red wine to produce the pink color. Table wine

    Table wine is what it sounds like – wine served with meals on the table. In the US, table wine can refer to white, red or rose wine, but in Europe, it is a classification below a higher classification known as Quality Wines Produced in Specific Regions or QWpsr. In other European countries, the term can also be expressed in terms of the national language. For example, in France, table kind is called vin de table. Sparkling wine

    Sparkling wine can be made from any known homemade wine recipes, but with carbon dioxide to create a fizz. This is achieved through natural fermentation which is done twice- first, by allowing the carbon dioxide to be released into an open container and second, by sealing the gas in a container so it remains within the wine. Sparkling is often basically white or blush wine.

    Dessert wine

    Generally, dessert wine is simply wine that tastes sweeter than any other varieties. In different parts of the world though, there can be different definitions. In the US, dessert wine is that with over 14% alcohol content, while in the UK, it is any sweet wine consumed during a meal, as opposed to others drunk before or after eating. Fortified wine

    Fortified wine is that has a higher alcohol content than any other wine. It is still made through fermentation, but with spirits such as rum. Fortified wine cannot be equated with spirits, however, by virtue of the process by which it is produced. Spirits are made through distillation, while fortified wine is simply wine with the addition of spirits.

    Aside from personal consumption, you could easily turn your experiments on homemade wine recipes into a future business. Go give them a shot!

    setdevins vi, vino, wine, vin. Girona

    Espai de vins, per al tast, per a degustació, espai gurmet, regals, llibreria. Serveia a domicili. setdevins Espacio de vinos, para la degustación, espacio gurmet, regalos, librería, servicio a domicilio. Area of wines for tasting, gourmet space, gifts, books, home delivery. Domaine de vins à la dégustation espace gastronomique, cadeaux, livres de livraison à domicile.
    Video Rating: 5 / 5

    an abstract process of wine

    An abstract process of wine és un audiovisual de la col·lecció de fotos del mateix nom. El procés natural del vi fins que es fa líquid; fruit de la gent que estima la terra i la cultura del vi amb nom propi: Clos de l’Obac, Priorat. An abstract process of wine es un audiovisual de la colección de fotos del mismo nombre. El proceso natural del vino hasta que se convierte en líquido; fruto de la gente que ama la tierra y la cultura del vino con nombre propio: Clos de l’Obac, Priorat. An abstract process of wine is an audiovisual of the photo collection with the same name. The natural process of wine until it becomes liquid, thanks to the people who love the land and the culture of wine with a proper name: Clos de l’Obac, Priorat.

    Fleury Fleur de l’Europe Champagne @ 67 Wine

    Morgan Fleury talking about her biodynamic Champagne, Fleury Fleur de l’Europe, at 67 Wine in New York.
    Video Rating: 5 / 5

    Vinitaly 2010 – Giuliana Cesari presenta Tauleto Wine Fragrance.

    Giuliana Cesari presenta la linea Tauleto Wine Fragrance. Parlare di vino vuol dire presentarne le caratteristiche anche in maniera non convenzionale.
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