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Asti is a city and subregion of Piedmont, in the northwest of Italy. The famous sparkling wine was once known as Asti Spumante, but was shortened to just Asti (probably to dump the baggage of its mass-produced past, plus it’s friendlier this way) when it became a DOC in 1994. As a region, it also spills into parts of Cuneo and Alessandria, and also includes Moscato d’Asti and Bracchetto d’Asti.
 
Asti is made from the Moscato grape, and is slightly sweet. For a long while, as Asti Spumante, it was produced even sweeter on purpose, and imported pretty cheaply. But Asti has grown up a bit, with more of its natural acidity brought to the fore when produced with care. 
 
Most commercial Asti is produced in the Charmat method, which means the grape must is stored in steel tanks in frigid temperatures to avoid fermentation. Then it is activated with yeast at a later time, but the tanks are kept sealed to avoid carbon dioxide loss. When the alcohol and residual Read more »

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  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Grignolino

    Indigenous to Italy’s Piedmont region, Grignolino is only a minor grape in its homeland, where it makes light red win...

  • Muscat Blanc À Petits Grains

    History of the grape: From Greece, Muscat was brought into Crimea in the Soviet Union where it was spread into what i...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

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  • Castello del Poggio

      Castello del Poggio is just that - a castle. With a history dating back to medieval tim...

  • Alfonso Boeri

    In the charming hamlet of Bionzo, located in the winemaking town of Costigliole d'Asti, the Boeri...

  • Azienda Agricola Incisiana

    As the name Piedmont - loosely translated as “at the foot of the mountains” - already implies, th...

  • Alfiero Boffa

    Alfiero Boffa specialized in the production of Barbera d'Asti superiore when, in 1984, he set out...

  • Marchesi Alfieri

    The Marchesi Alfieri wine estate with its historic cellars is located amongst the heights in the ...

  • Braida di Bologna Giacomo

    Appellation: Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG Produced using grapes: 100% Brachetto Harvest: End of A...

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  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca di Pian 2010

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    Dark berry and tobacco flavors. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • I was going to recommend Chianti or Montalcino--friends went there recently and ... to taste, Montalcino has tasting rooms right downtown.  My other recommendations was going to be flying to somewhere close to Avignon and going to Chateauneuf du Pape.  David Sharp at WineMine recently was there and had no trouble getting into some wineries.  Of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic One Day in Europe for Wine...


  • Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rose Italy NV

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    Tart and toasted aromas on the nose with strawberry and melon notes. Cooked strawberry notes with lots of sweetness that tastes similar to a red fruit jelly. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Riccadonna Asti Spumante NV

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    Hard to find in the US Read More

    Wine review by Pablokorze


  • Moscato d'Asti Oddero 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by mschilin


  • Santero Moscato & Tangerine

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    No written review

    Wine review by Verliese Robinson


  • Voulet Malvasia di Casorzo d'Asti 2014

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    Wine review by mujerbonita75


  • Alasia Moscato d'Asti 2014

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    Excellent tasting wine at a very modest price. Read More

    Wine review by kelluvssandy


  • Becky - a completely uscientific and generally random attempt is probably the ... ... be able to expand your tastings quite a bit by ordering on line. Best deal is to ship an entire case, so it's a lot to lay out at once, but if you don't have access to lots of diverse things, it's a great way to expand your horizons. Even in NYC, where you c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Pico Maccario Barbera d'Asti Villa Della Rosa 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • i had tosti, asti. it was yellow in color. what's with that

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