Olga Sofia Schiaffino

Sons of a Lesser God: Sparkling Wines From Almost Unknown Grapes: Bombino Bianco

By Olga Sofia Schiaffino / 12th January 2024

Wandering around the South of Italy we reach Puglia region, famous for the red grape Primitivo aka Zinfandel: let’s talk about Bombino Bianco, a white variety, suitable for making classic method wines. Bombino Bianco is widely cultivated in the province of Foggia and especially in the surroundings of San Severo, where it constitutes an immense…

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Son Of A Lesser God: Sparkling Wines From Pretty Unknown Grapes – Caprettone

By Olga Sofia Schiaffino / 10th October 2023

Campania has really a treasure, if you consider the richness and the varieties of native grapes! Their names are sometimes funny and often refer to animals. Caprettone is one of those because it means ‘Big Goat’. It is a very vigorous vine and the shape of the bunch reminds you of the goat’s beard. It…

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Sons of a Lesser God: Sparkling Wines from Almost Unknown Native Grapes – Falanghina

By Olga Sofia Schiaffino / 7th September 2023

Let’s move to the beautiful region of Campania to discover the special sparkling wines from the Falanghina grape! Falanghina wines are pretty nice and have a good aging potential: the name of the grape probably derives from Latin Phalanx, because the vines were supported by poles called “’phalanges’. Falanghina was re-evaluated after the phylloxera pest…

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Son Of A Lesser God: Sparkling Wines From Almost Unknown Grapes: Sagrantino

By Olga Sofia Schiaffino / 27th June 2023

Do You Know The Sagrantino Grape? You probably know this red variety for the powerful wines with burly tannins, deep color and fruity and spicy olfactory features. It isn’t a pretty unknown grape but it is very interesting and unusual the evidence that a lot of wineries in Montefalco have started producing sparkling classic method…

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Sons of a Lesser God – Sparkling Wines from Almost Unknown Native Grapes: Pigato

By Olga Sofia Schiaffino / 24th April 2023

Are you a fan of pretty unknown sparkling wines? This is for you! In the west part of Liguria, an Italian region close to France, pigato grape is very popular for making sparkling wines. Pigato is a white variety with a lot of features that remind you of vermentino; genetic studies include in the same…

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Sons Of A Lesser God – Sparkling Wines From Almost Unknown Native Grapes: Bianchetta Genovese

By Olga Sofia Schiaffino / 10th March 2023

There are a lot of native grapes with good characteristics for the production of fine sparkling wines! Let’s travel to Italy, to the beautiful region of Liguria, which lies between Tuscany and France, on the Mediterranean Sea. It is a hilly region and the viticulture is called “heroic” because all the work in the vineyards…

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