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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...

  • 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...

  • Grignolino

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

  • Dolcetto

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

  • 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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  • Marchesi Alfieri

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

  • Alfonso Boeri

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

  • Alfiero Boffa

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

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • Braida di Bologna Giacomo

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

  • Azienda Agricola Incisiana

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

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  • Grignolino d'Asti Braida Piemonte 2006


    Un vino senz'altro buono, persistente dal colore aranciato, che sicuramente ha perso alcune delle sue caratteristiche predominanti per colpa del lungo invecchiamento, fresco al palato, conserva i profumi della sua terra di origine, molto delicato con sentoti di Rosa. Adatto a torte salate e formaggi non troppo invecchiati, buono anche con mines... Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio

  • Risata Il Rosso 2012


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    Wine review by lewdon

  • Risata Il Rosso 2012


    My favorite wine ever. I didn't even realize the finish was the most important part of each sip. And oh does this wine finish can taste the fruit of strawberry and cherry. Read More

    Wine review by lewdon

  • Prunotto Barbera d'Asti Fiulot 2012


    Nicely floral on the nose with streaks of blue fruit, a whiff of smoke and some ash and tart black currant fruit rounding out the aromas. Round fresh and zesty in the mouth, this shows nice depth on the palate and is almost rustic in an attractive way showing savory complexity and attractive nuance. On the palate the acid really drives the wine ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Coppo Barbera d'Asti Camp du Rouss 2009


    Dark, earthy and funky on the nose this shows Barbera as the fruit begins to fade leaving behind complex spice, earth, and dried red and black fruit aromas along with some obvious VA. Smooth, supple and polished in the mouth, while the fruity aromas have faded significantly here the plummy, slightly dried cherry flavors remain on the palate alon... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Vietti Barbera d'Asti la Crena 2010


    Lots of red fruit shows up on this sweet nose which picks up a little forest floor and clay soil notes with air. A Touch soft for Barbera, with soft tannins lending this a velvety, easy to drink texture. Lots of plummy, red fruit is large scaled and fresh in the mouth with those tiny tannins making this fun to drink but the finish, slightly jamm... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Prunotto Barbera d'Asti Fiulot 2012


    Bottling the 2013 now, to be released in 6 weeksVery floral on the nose, which shows a bit of freshly ground coffee and black spice along with a hint of fish sauce, though it remains tight and earthy. Clean fresh and bright in the mouth and displaying absolutely pure fruit, this is very pretty with juicy acids that are very Barbera. This still h... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Prunotto Costamiole Barbera d'Asti 2009


    100% new barriqueSmoky but briary on the nose with obvious wood spice supporting rich, dark fruit, this wraps everything up in a gauze of cocoa and tobacco. Rich with fruit, and just a touch softer than one might like yet retaining plenty of acidity, this offers clear and slightly chewy plummy fruit with hints of red currant and raspberries on t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Oddero Barbera d'Asti 2011


    With aromas of cherry, game, balsam, fresh flowers, and sour plum on the nose this shows attractive aromatic complexity. Backed up with power and nuance in the mouth, this is powerful, smooth, and easy going up front, with darker fruit and minerality emerging later on the palate, which is long and finishes with focus and layers of dried red frui... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • You´re right guys. So better comments for the Piedmont wineries:Vini ... ... Rovero a few steps from the Asti is very nice winery where you can taste good wines and also excellent grappa, because they have also the "Grapperia". More on the South you can find the Marchesi Alfieri winery, set in San Martino Alfieri - there you can taste perfect ... Read More

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

    Comment by 395434joansillygirl 395434 joansillygirl

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