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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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  • Grignolino

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

  • Barbera

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

  • 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...

  • Muscat

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

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  • Alfonso Boeri

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

  • Braida di Bologna Giacomo

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

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • Marchesi Alfieri

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

  • 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...

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  • Giulio Cocchi Asti Dolce Sparkling Wine NV


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Michele Chiarlo la Court Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza 2013


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Z, I saw your postings on Big Al's site and most all of those Barberas ... ... neither D'Alba nor D'Asti but from Colli Tortonesi Monleale, which is just east of Asti.Re: Paso Robles, we've been out there on wine trips maybe half a dozen times and enjoyed most all of it.  Tablas Creek and Adelaida Vineyards are almost across the street from ea... Read More

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  • Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti le Orme 2016


    Whether the wine was aged in stainless or oak seems unclear on the website and according to the the taste I would venture the stainless. while i would prefer the oak this wine was decent at best. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • My condolences Randy.  It must be difficult to read about wine and not be ... the other a Barbera d'Asti that is 16.5%!  It was one of the top three I'd had on the trip.(Ruche di Castagnole Monferrat Read More

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  • We drove through Massa on our way up to Asti.  We also saw several weddings (one in Sienna, one in Asti) and my wife was taking more photos than the bride's hired photographer!  I must admit, a wedding in Italy would be tough to beat on the romance scale!  I think if I return to Europe, England would be my next choice.  The World Cycling Champio... Read More

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  • Hi everybody.  I returned last Sunday from two weeks in Italy.  We ... less!  The food was fantastic though.  Took a train to Pisa one of the days.  It was a deep blue sky and sunny (about 88 degrees) and the tower was gleaming.  Rented a car and drove from Florence to Arezzo and several hilltop walled towns, spend a night in Siena, (magical).... Read More

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  • I went to Italy at the weekend as one of my nephews decided to get married to ... ... Antico,a Barbera D'Asti,a Morellino di Scansano. and a Trentino Muller Thurgau. The fourth bottle is a Bonardo made by Villa Maggi. I do not pretend to know a lot about Italian wine but I am sure I will enjoy th Read More

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  • Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti le Orme 2016


    Attractive dark purple in the glass. Fairly fruity nose. Not too heavy hit of mixed berries on the tip of the tongue.A surprisingly silky mouthfeel, Not the biggest wine in the world, but more full-bodied than I expected. Light, but noticeable, and appreciated, acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Good man. Chuckle. These arrived today and yesterday.L - The Michele Chiarlo Barber D'Asti Le Orme Mesi 16 2015M - Another Pax Mahle - the 2017 Sonoma Hillsides SyrahR - The Tenuta di Nozzle Chianti Classico Reserva 2015 (Hint - buy it)L - The Enrique Mendoza Les Quebrada Monastrell 2014R - The Numanthisa Toro (One of my favorites) 2014 Read More

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

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