Thursday, July 15, 2010

VALDO Spumanti...Since 1926..Italy's Most Innovative Prosecco by Philip S. Kampe

It's 91 degrees and sunny today.
Summer has arrived and so has my thirst.

There are so many summer drink options to deal with.
Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Beer, Campari, St. Germaine and Prosecco come to mind.

I am entertaining a half dozen people tonight and decided to serve only sparkling beverages.
VALDO Spumanti came to mind, as I remember learning about and tasting their products at a wine tasting several months before.

Today is my opportunity to shine.
And VALDO is the answer.

A LITTLE HISTORY:
VALDO opened their doors in 1926.

VALDO's winery is located in the center of VALDOBBIADENE, hence the name, VALDO.

The vineyards are located in the TREVISO province.

The vineyard occupies 40,000 hillside acres, of which 10,000 are planted with vines.

The vineyard is sheltered from the north by the Dolomites, but receives breezes from the Adriatic Sea..

VALDO is located in the center of the D.O.C. Prosecco production area.

VALDO began it's history in 1926 and was named the SOCIETA ANONIMA VINI SUPERIORI.
In the 1940's, the BOLLA family purchased the vineyard.

Today, Dr. PIERLUIGI BOLLA is the Proprieter.

GINO CINI is the winemaker.

One-third of the FIVE million bottles of Prosecco produced is exported.
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The sparkling wines that make VALDO so exceptional are due to the care that is taken through the production stages: the perfect ripening of the grapes, the Charmat fermentation method and the new technology regarding bottling and packaging.
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I chose FOUR Valdo Sparkling Wines for my summer evening.

VALDO NERELLO MASCALESE BRUT ROSE

VALDO PROSECCO BRUT D.O.C.

VALDO CUVEE di BOJ PROSECCO D.O.C.G.

VALDO CUVEE FONDATORE PROSECCO D.O.C.G.
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VALDO NERELLO MASCALESE BRUT ROSE is a perfect blend of two typical Italian grapes, the Sicilian black berry Nerello Mascalese blended with the Prosecco grape. Roses are now considered 'trendy wines' and this young wine personifies trend. The grapes are soft pressed and go through Charmant fermentation for three months in stainless steel tanks.
The color of the rose is like rose petals. The nose is floral with a hint of raspberry. On the palate, a fruity taste prevails. This 12% alcohol sparkling wine, with it's tiny bubbles is elegant.
At $12.99 a bottle, this fantastic rose is a pure steal. 89 points PSK
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VALDO PROSECCO BRUT D.O.C. is a very well balanced, straw-colored Prosecco that has a disinguished fruity bouquet. Made from 100% Prosecco grapes, this sparkling wine is an ideal apertif that can be served throughout the meal and is a perfect sparkling wine for seafood.
Prosecco Brut D.O.C. is easy to drink, versatile and has an unusual fresh quality. At $9.99 a bottle and 12% alcohol, Prosecco Brut D.O.C. is a true bargain. 87 points PSK
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VALDO CUVEE di BOJ PROSECCO D.O.C.G. is made with selected grapes from the
" Valle dei Buoi", an age old extraordinary viticulture area that has southern exposure. The Cuvee follows the Charmant fermentation method for five months and then is aged in the bottle for an additional three months. The result is a Great Valdobbiadene Superiore D.O.C.G. Cuvee. The Cuvee di Boj is gold in color with small perlage (bubbles). The bouquet is floral with pear overtones. The palate detects a slight fruit flavor followed with a savory, peppery taste. Cuvee di Boj Prosecco is an elegant wine that can stand up with the best Prosecco's in the world. At 11.5% alcohol, this $15.99 bottle of Prosecco is a sound investment.
I would buy a case at thie price. 91 points PSK
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VALDO CUVEE FONDATORE PROSECCO D.O.C.G. is a special Prosecco that has been dedicated to the company founder and Prosecco advocate, Sergio Bolla. The grapes are manually harvested during the second half of September and go through a soft pressing and fermentation. This wine is made from 90% Prosecco and 10% Chardonnay. The Chardonnay is refined in oak caskets, while the Prosecco goes through the Charmant fermentation method for 12 months in steel tanks and then is transferred into bottles and is aged for an additional six months. The result is a 12.5% straw-yellow wine with gold reflections. The bouquet is a mix of vanilla, honey, hazelnut and ripe fruit. On the palate, a spicy fruit flavor is detected with an oak barrel vanilla overtone. The wine is very complex. Cuvee Fondatore Prosecco retails for $19.99 a bottle.
It is worth every penny plus some. 92 points PSK
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In summary, VALDO makes some of the World's Finest Prosecco's, which are all available at your local wineshop or online. Visit VALDO's website for information on their product line at http://www.valdo.com/ .
Pasternak Wines is the U.S.Importer. You can find valuable information on their website, including tasting notes, etc., at http://www.paternakwines.com/

PHILIP S. KAMPE
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