Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cavit Collection Pinot Grigio 2008 Delle Venezie Italy

Since I couldn't recall ever having tried Pinot Grigio, I thought I'd give it a go, all in the name of giving whites a chance. This wine is light, not too sweet for me, and passable, but it has an almost musty taste to it that I really don't like. Of course it could just be this vintner. Since it's possible that I would prefer another one, I wouldn't turn down a different Pinot Grigio, just like I wouldn't kick Brad Pitt out of bed (well, maybe not just like that), but I won't be buying the Cavit 2008 again.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Bosca Verdi Spumante Canelli-Asti, Piedmont, Italy

This sparkling Italian wine was actually pretty decent. It has a slight but welcome and unique beer flavor. It is sweeter than the wines I usually prefer, and certainly won't be usurping the position of Red as King, but I enjoyed it. It's not quite as sweet and fruity as the Marco Negri, and the taste of beer kept it from being too cloying.

Some interesting tidbits from the Bosca website:

"Among the many ingredients used in the research done at the Boglietto laboratory, beer had made an appearance. It immediately became clear that the addition of beer to moscato made it far more interesting to drink. The final version was finally reached when the decision was made to add various grains to the malt in a ratio that was gradually calibrated until an exceptional spumante was developed. 'Verdi' is actually an acronym, the initials standing for “versatile, enchanting, revolutionary, daring, Italian'."