The just completed 2019 Vinitaly offered an adequate showcase for the 12 denominations of this incredible excellence. It is perhaps the wine with the deepest roots in the hills of the Piedmont Region and its inhabitants. The “Dolcetto” is the wine of the daily meal, the wine that, with the Barbera, once the “Turinese” and the “Milanese” went to buy in good quantities combining quality and price without too much marketing.
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Wine is just one of the many reasons of pride of this region. Grapes and territory go hand in hand in Lombardy for centuries. Noble and ancient populations such as the Etruscans and the Ligurians contributed to the development of Lombard viticulture, probably due to the introduction of terraces in Valtellina, which in fact are very reminiscent of those found in the Cinque Terre.
In proposing a description of the wine / food relationship, so important in the history and practice of gastronomy, the “wine” element can be considered in three respects:
- As a food itself.
- As a raw material that contributes to the composition of food.
- As a drink to combine with food.
The Romans had already discovered the properties of cork and used it to seal wine amphorae. The use of this material was then abandoned for a long time, until, with the refinement of the glass bottles, the first factories arose in Provence towards the end of the seventeenth century: in the same period the legendary Don Perignon found the material in it ideal for capping your Champagne.
A personal wine-cellar can be a precious reserve of wines with which to make their own experiences as a taster. Some might argue that a winery in the house is not ‘essential, considering that the wines can be purchased from time to time when needed. Of course, but there is some contraindication.
The temperature of the wine has a decisive influence on the olfactory, gustatory and tactile sensations, for which a wine that is too hot or too cold is not judged.
The sea, the great love of the Ligurians, has allowed for centuries to have continuous exchanges with different civilizations, and this has also influenced the cultivation of the vine. The Ligurian viticulture is variegated and original, with vines like the Bosco, the Pigato, the Albarola, the Bianchetta and many others.
The corkscrew, born about three centuries ago together with the spread of the use of cork, has solicited inventors’ imagination: hundreds of models have been designed, from the simplest, a screw-type gimlet to be inserted into the cap, to the type butterfly, lever, double spiral, up to the most recent Screwpull.
“At the foot of the mountains”this means Piedmont and this is precisely how the Region presents itself. But the mountains are just one aspect. Piedmont offers many scenarios to its visitors: vineyards, rivers, lakes, modern cities, medieval villages, ancient castles. It is here that some of the finest wines are born, not only in Italy but also in the world.