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Snooth User: vidanto

to sip Italian wines in a cheap way: the low cost made in Italy

Posted by vidanto, Dec 13, 2009.

Last evening I was in Rome, at Città del Gusto to attend at the presentation of the guide whose original title is "berebene low cost 2010". In other words a guide to more than four thousands wine whose price on the shelf is less than 8 euro.
Among this thousands wine there are 678 of them which received the "oscar" to mean that they have the best rate price/quality.
I will talk about the wines I tasted and I will begin now with Lugana DOC '08 by Tenuta Roveglia.
Tenuta Roveglia is an ancient winery and actually the wine maker is the clever Cesare Ferrari.
The area is one of the most famous in Italy for the wine: the South corner of Garda Lake.
Here, more than two thousands years ago the poet Catullo was born and often he spent some seasons of his life in his home in Sirmione.
The grapes of this delightful wine are Lugana 100%.
This Lugana '08 is fresh and its match with the mouth is a true pleasure. Really a full white wine.
The best meals for Lugana DOC '08 are the delicate fishes and it can be smart to drink Lugana DOC '08 as aperitif, also..
The website of the winery is .


Reply by GhostLemur, Dec 13, 2009.

Sounds good. Might have to see if they're available here in NZ.

Reply by dmcker, Dec 13, 2009.

Great post, vidanto. Any recommendations among the other 677? Wonder how many of them export to the US and elsewhere...

Reply by cigarman168, Dec 13, 2009.

@vidanto, on the shelf is less than 8 euro, so the cost will be quite attractive! And how to compare "Oscar" with 1,2, 3 cup awards?
Like to know more QPR wines recommendations.

Reply by zufrieden, Dec 13, 2009.

Isn't that great? I was in Rome in August and love to repeat the joy of very quaffable wines at very affordable prices for the infrequent visitor. From a personal note, I love Italy but realize that travel is expensive and times are still not quite as they were a few years back. Still, if you like wine - and lots of country wine - Italy is the place for you! And of course, there are all the great wines to taste that we know and love...

Reply by vidanto, Dec 14, 2009.

From Liguria we sail the sea toward South and we arrive to Sardinia the very appealing and not yet well known Italian island (Sicily is most famous, indeed).
And we virtually visit the Northern part of Sardinia, a charming area named Gallura.
The typical white grape is Vermentino and using only Vermentino at 100% one of the most important winery of this area, Cantina Gallura, makes two great Vermentino di Gallura DOCG. I tasted both, of course !
The wine maker is an old friend of mine: Dino Addis. He is very clever not only as wine maker but also as manager; that's why he is also the manager of this winery.
The two Vermentino are Gemellae and Canayli, both DOCg, both of the last harvest '08.
To sip Gemellae is the same that breath this magical Gallura, with its wild herbs and its lovely freshness.
To sip Canayli means to meet in the nose the flavors of apricoat and white peach. In the mouth it is stronger and more charateristic than its borther Gemellae. In fact, we look at its label, Canayli is "Superiore".
They are two brothers. You like both, you appreciate both, you trust both, but . . . when you need the best performance you choose Canayli !
Anyhow, the happy problem of their match with food has, in my opinion, the following solution: a great meal focused on the local seafood. Well, Gemellae is the starter, since as aperitif and it goes on until the main course. Can you finish a seafood meal without cheese ? No, you cannot. And we are in Sardinia, do not forget. Therefore, we will enjoy a delightful young, not aged, Pecorino Sardo DOP and Canayli will be perfect to play and sing with it. Enjoy !

Reply by dmcker, Dec 14, 2009.

Another great post, vidanto. And don't underestimate the fame of Sardinia. Have had the pleasure of visiting it myself, and drinking plenty of the wine from insula vini. Most of it was, cheap coop wine produced at seemingly large yields, but I do remember good ones from Sella & Mosca, and particularly Cantine Argiolas' Turriga and the Riserva from Alberto Loi. For white wines I liked the vermentinos Tuvaoes from Giovanni Cherchi and Capichera from, strangely enough, Capichera.

I didn't have enough time to search around for more good wines, and its been a few years now, so maybe it's time to go back. I'll definitely look for the Cantina Gallura wines then. Thanks for the pointer.

Reply by vidanto, Dec 15, 2009.

Oh, sorry, I forgot the website address of Cantina Gallura.
Here it is: .
I will post soon about Argiolas.

Reply by dmcker, Dec 15, 2009.

How many DOCGs are there in all of Italy for white wines, anyway? Not that many, is my guess, and vermentino on Sardinia is one...

Reply by vidanto, Dec 15, 2009.

The Italian DOCG white wines are the following
in Campania: FIANO DI AVELLINO, GRECO DI TUFO (in my heart !)
in Romagna: ALBANA DI ROMAGNA (Iin my heart, also)
in Friuli Venezia Giulia: PICOLIT (a dessert wine, very good with aged cheese), RAMANDOLO (I match it with Prosciutto di San Daniele DOP, oh my God !)
in Lombardia: FRANCIACORTA (there is also pink)
in Piemonte: ASTI SPUMANTE MOSCATO, GAVI, ROERO ARNEIS (there is also red and also sparkling)

Reply by dmcker, Dec 15, 2009.

Yeah, I like that yummy Greco di Tufo, too. Lovely with seafood and have had it so many times from Napoli, via Sorrento around to Salerno (and all those islands, too). ;-)

Reply by ItalienskaVinbutiken, Dec 16, 2009.

Beautifully written posts, and what a pleasure to discover this overseas-appreciation for my favourite white varietal, Vermentino. Sardinia is the home of many great, smaller wineries, and it´s always a great experience visiting them.

Reply by cigarman168, Dec 16, 2009.

Keep us going in those QPR wines posts.

Reply by dmcker, Aug 20, 2010.

To Vidanto, if you still check into Snooth, and anyone else in the know about Sardinian wines, I was wondering about the Dettori 'Tuderi' Cannonau di Sardinia, produced by Alessandro Dettori (supposedly known as the Cornilessen [another unique, Italian, iconoclastic winemaker] of Sardinia). In his notes on his 2006 he says:

“The grapes have been produced by Dettori in the vineyards and cellars - we have not have used synthetic chemicals in addition to sulfur. We have not added yeast, enzymes and other acids – we have not added winemaking to the wine. NOT filtered, NOT clarified, NO Barrique (barrels) - please tell everyone to give the Tuderi time to rest after shipping – it is alive. Leave in to oxygenate in the glass, for two days maybe. Any remaining CO2 is natural, every bottle can be different. ingredients: Grapes.  Sorry, but we don’t follow the market, we produce wines that we like, wines from our culture. They are what they are and maybe not what you wish them to be, but maybe what you will want them to be in the end”

I like the attitude in his notes, am definitely curious about the wine, and have heard a couple of very interesting things about it. Has anyone here on Snooth had the wine, and if so, how was it? I'll be looking for a way to source it, though that may not be the easiest task....

Reply by dmcker, Aug 20, 2010.

Here's what Antonio Galloni has to say about the wine:

“Alessandro Dettori makes some of the most unique and compelling wines in Sardinia. Minuscule yields from old vineyards, biodynamic farming and a non-interventionalist approach in the cellar form the backbone of Dettori’s philosophy. The wines are made with natural yeasts and are neither fined nor filtered prior to bottling. At their best, these are profound wines, but they are also totally natural. At times the alcohol levels are high and the wines, which contain very low sulfites, can be fragile. Still, readers seeking to discover the heights of Sardinian oenology owe it to themselves to experience the wines of Alessandro Dettori...

"The 2006 Tuderi, Cannonau from 49 year-old vines, flows with tobacco, incense, candied cherries and wild herbs. This is a deceptively mid-weight wine, but there are tons of depth and richness behind the wine’s ethereal personality. Fine, silky tannins frame the long, delicate finish. Amazingly, Dettori makes just 9,000 bottles of the Tuderi (750 cases) from three hectares of vineyards. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. 91pts”

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