Did I mention what a big Nerd I am?  I love sitting in a classroom letting somebody teach me something.  I feel like a big sponge, just absorbing information.  Needless to say I am enjoying my course with the Italian Sommelier Association (AIS).  It’s truly been an Italian Wine Geekfest of Epic Proportions, especially when somebody broke out the Gaglioppo!


Gaglioppo Grapes in Calabria

Last weekend I found a new region to become obssesed with… Calabria!  We tasted a 2008 Ciro’ Classico from A’ Vita.  This wine is 100% Gaglioppo.  The wine was pale purple, with a delicate and earthy nose of blackberries, middle-eastern spices and salty sea air.  I detected a hint of cardamom as the wine opened up in my glass- definitely exotic!  Calabria… a region to watch and one I intend to learn more about as soon as possible.

Image of the vineyards on A’ Vita’s property.

Calabria is home to hundreds of undiscovered native wine grapes.  Hopefully the growing interest in encouraging and protecting Italian wine traditions will bolster the region’s efforts to catalogue and understand them all.  If the A Vita’ Ciro’ is an indication, the potential for Calabrese wine is truly unlimited.  Bravo!

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Play the video above to hear Francesco de Franco pronounce the word “Gaglioppo”.  From Jeremy Parzen’s Italian Grape Name and Appellation Project.

About The Author

I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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12 Responses

  1. Susannah

    Calabria is fascinating even if you aren’t from there…Librandi makes some wonderful wines but so do many other producers such as Colacino, Statti, ec. Also, Calabria is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches (Scylla, Tropea, ec) and statues (Bronzi di Riace) not to mention great food although it’s a bit piccante…

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  2. Giuseppe Parrilla

    Ciao,
    if you come to visit in Calabria, you’ll appreciate!
    … the mountains, the beaches, the sea, vineyards and olive secular it’s are fabulous … are full of charm with their history, culture and ancient tradition!
    I’m producing DOC Cyrus and I’m sure you and Jeremy if you visit my country you will be amazed!

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  3. Giuseppe Parrilla

    Ciao,
    if you come to visit in Calabria, you’ll appreciate!
    … the mountains, the beaches, the sea, vineyards and olive secular it’s are fabulous … are full of charm with their history, culture and ancient tradition!
    I’m producing DOC Ciro’ and I’m sure you and Jeremy if you visit my country you will be amazed!

    Reply

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