Wine Geek Recommended
Meet the CoolVines Wine Geek! He’ll guide you toward – or away from! – wines that have a unique flavor profile: intentionally oxidized wines, earthy, stinky wines, wines with a bit of fritz on the tongue. Look for him throughout our web site, and on the shelves in our stores, to point the way toward these geeky wines.
This is a pristine example of Gavi di Gavi. Fermented in stainless steel (partial malolactic fermentation), the resulting wine is soft textured yet richly flavored. A splendid pairing for white meat and fish-dishes, but also excellent on its own as an aperitif. If you've never tasted a Gavi di Gavi before, give this one a try!
Immersed in the vineyards of Monterotondo, Villa Sparina is in the heart of the renowned Gavi region. The large wine cellars date back to the 18th century when it was part of a vast estate of the Marquis Franzoni of Genova. The focus at Villa Sparina is entirely on local varieties: Cortese and Barbera.
Piedmont is the most "Frenchified" of all Italian wine regions. The long valleys of the Alpine foothills lead to easier travel to France's southern coast and inland than to the rest of Italy. It is perhaps for this reason that the Piedmontese have long practiced the most refined wine traditions of any Italian region. Terroir-based wisdom trickled down from early French masters (monks, typically) to this area.
Known mostly for their reds (but producing some excellent whites,) from the early ripening Dolcetto grape to the lofty, deep reds of Barolo and Barbaresco crafted from the Nebbiolo grape, these wines are clearly crafted using centuries of terroir-based winemaking.