LA FIERA ~ Abruzzo
La Fiera has a wonderful story… Especially if you’re a merry-go-round groupie. In the early 70s, I took my two-year old daughter to a fair, and we rode the merry-go-round for so long Katie fell asleep on it. I don’t even know how many revolutions are in 2-hours. Jim, the beloved carnival guy, never stopped the carousel. It was a slow day, no one else was there, and the world stood still. I got out my little carousel to take this picture. I chose black and white, because the labels are black and white. (Yes, a lively little carousel has survived the several moves in my life. They’re now in my blood.)
MESSAGE FROM WINERY: The origins of the carousel featured on the label originate from medieval riding fairs in the north of Italy. These elaborate equestrian ballets took place in royal courts and featured lavishly decorated horses and highly skilled riders performing synchronized formations. Popularity led builders to replicate them by designing rotating platforms with mounted wooden horses for children to ride. The carousel has been the centerpiece of La Fiera, The Fair, for centuries.
SAMPLE ~ Winesellers, Ltd.
La Fiera Pinot Grigio 2017 ~ Delle Venezie DOC
Piemonte, Sicily, and Veneto – ITALY
HEART ~ Botter Family
THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statements: Our Pinot Grigio, Montepulciano, Moscato, Soave and Primitivo originate from some of the most renowned winegrowing regions in Italy, from the Italian Alps to the seaside vineyards of Sicily. The La Fiera wines are the perfect partner to a wide range of foods, offering bright fruit flavors and a fresh, approachable style.Our Pinot Grigio, Montepulciano, Moscato, Soave and Primitivo originate from some of the most renowned winegrowing regions in Italy, from the Italian Alps to the seaside vineyards of Sicily.
Since 1928, the Botter family has been producing wines under environmentally friendly policies and with innovative production techniques and technologies. Today, the company is managed by the family’s third generation and specializes in wines of the Veneto.
SCIENCE ~ Terroir
[MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE]: Since 1928, the Botter family has been producing wines under environmentally friendly policies and with innovative production techniques and technologies. Today, the company is managed by the family’s third generation and specializes in wines of the Veneto. Veneto is a region in Italy which leads in the production and commerce of classified wine. Throughout the region the recent emphasis is on white wines and is ideally suited for the Pinot Grigio grape, where the particular composition of the hilly soil, the exposition to sun, the frequent rains and the constantly mild temperature between April and October combine to provide the best conditions.
La Fiera Moscato 2017 ~ The must is not left on the skins to avoid its acquiring their rust-red color. After soft-pressing the must is left to ferment at a temperature between 18-20°C in stainless steel vats. The wine is then stored at 17-18°C in special stainless-steel tanks until bottling. CELLARING ~ 2-3 years.
[Photo: Michael Paz on Unsplash]
SOUL ~ Inspiration*
La Fiera Pinot Grigio 2017 ~Abruzzo, Piemonte, Sicily and Veneto – ITALY The grapes are pressed cool and the must is immediately removed from the skins, to avoid acquiring their rust-red color. After this soft-pressing the must is left to ferment or about 15-20 days at a low temperature between 60-64°F, in stainless steel vats. The wine is then stored at 64-68°F, under a blanket of inert gas in special stainless-steel tanks until bottling.
Swirl… Light and breezy, lots of apples and pears wafted from the open bottle. When I pulled the cork, I was having a great day. I poured some of this wine into my glass, and my day was made even better.
Sniff… Green apples, tart and refreshing with this clean, stimulating La Fiera Pinot Grigio.
Sip… The first thing that popped into my mind, “This La Fiera Pinot Grigio would be great with so many simple, lighter foods, because it’s light, lively, and satisfying.” It had me wanting more, and made its way to our dining room table for dinner.
[Photo: Jo Diaz]
La Fiera Moscato 2017
Abruzzo, Piemonte, Sicily and Veneto – ITALY
APPELLATION: Terre Siciliane IGT ~ Winemaking in Sicily dates back several millennia. With consistently bright sunshine and reliably moderate rainfall, its classic Mediterranean climate is ideally suited to the needs of grape vines. Add to that the island’s poor soils and the hilly landscape, and the resulting terroir is almost perfect for growing vines. Today, Sicily is one of the largest wine-producing regions of Italy and, though it is the furthest southern region, it actually produces more white wine than red or dessert wine. Altitude is the key moderator for heat and the best whites tend to be made in higher altitudes from indigenous varieties, such as the Moscato grape.
The must is not left on the skins, to avoid its acquiring their rust-red color. After soft-pressing the must is left to ferment at a temperature between 64-68°F, in stainless steel vats. The wine is then stored at 62-64°C, in special stainless-steel tanks until bottling.
SOUL ~ Understanding*
Swirl… La Fiera Moscato 2017 Moscato has delicious aromas of peaches and really ripe pears.
Sniff… When “they” wrote about Nectar of the Gods, I believe they had this one in mind. And let’s remember, Bordeaux-style wines, that are dry and tannic aren’t the definition of nectar, for example, like honey, delicacy, and ambrosia.
Sip… I understand delicious flavors, like this flavorful, yet stimulating wine. Think foods with some heat. Heat and sweet are a natural complement. Heat is always tempered with something sweet. (Mexican food and beer, for instance. Asian foods are another great example.) This La Fiera Moscato is meant for scrumptious foods. If you haven’t had the experience yet, give it a whirl… swirl… and enjoy.
*As I write each blog, I pull an Angel Card to guide my waxing poetic… Gets me in the right frame of mind…