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Festa del Mosto on the Island of Sant’Erasmo

Picture 1.pngThis Sunday on the island of Sant’Erasmo will be no different than the first Sunday in October of any other year: it’s when the annual Festa del Mosto (grape must), is held.

You’ll find a lot more than partially fermented grape juice at the day-long festival, however. There’s a market with local products along with stands offering a variety of “cucina tipica” that include ribs, sausages, primi like risotto and pasta, and seasonal dishes from fresh vegetables produced on the garden isle.

Live music will add to the festive atmosphere, and a regatta in mascareta (a two-person, male and female crew) starting on the canal opposite the Massimiliana Tower will finish in front of the festival at the Chiesa stop.

The evening brings the main attraction, a public grape pressing and the chance to taste the fresh salsa it produces.

Festa del Mosto, Isola di Sant’Erasmo
Sunday, October 5, Island of Sant’Erasmo
To reach the festival:
From Fondamenta Nuove, take vaporetto Line 13 to the Sant’Erasmo Chiesa stop.

INFO:

Comune di Venezia
Murano Local District Council
Fondamenta Da Mula 153
30141, Murano

tel. (+39) 041 2737630

Celebrating the wines of La Tuscia

festedelvino2.jpgLa Tuscia Viterbese refers to the area surrounding Viterbo where the Etruscans once reigned; today’s communities celebrate their regional DOC and IGT wines with Feste del Vino della Tuscia. They began in late July, but if you’re in the area you still have until the 16th of August to enjoy some of these interesting, and likely lesser known wines along with local fare in a festive atmosphere, al fresco.

The festivals take place in the towns named for the DOCs they celebrate. These wines are light, refreshing and flavorful, with whites vinified from varieties like Aleatico, Trebbiano, Malvasia (more than one type of each), the native Greco, Grechetto; red varieties that include Sangiovese, Montepulciano (the grape), and Ciliegiolo, among others.

MONTEFIASCONE:
Est! Est!! Est!!! di Montefiascone is a blend of three white grape varieties. It’s a light and refreshing, produced in a variety of versions from dry to sparkling (also dry). The name (Latin for “It is,” or perhaps Italian for “Ecco”) has a delightful history; worth translating at LaTuscia.com (in Italian).

VIGNANELLO
Vignanello is a town and a DOC, produced in the area just east of it. There are four versions are Bianco (one or two Trebbiano varieties, and two different Malvasia), Greco (which is the variety), Rosso (Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, maybe more), and Rosato (same blend as the Rosso). You might also find the Greco in a sparkling version, and the Bianco superiore, or at a higher alcohol level due to a particularly mature vintage or other factors.

GRADOLI (only Friday, August 14)
This DOC zone Aleatico di Gradoli is located in the area just north of the Lago di Bolsena, and the wine is produced from the  Aleatico grape. Don’t let the “dessert” category throw you however: though it’s not dry, its sweetness is balanced, fresh, and certainly worth trying.

You may also spot Tarquinia, Colli Etruschi Viterbesi (a larger DOC zone extending north and south of Viterbo), and even Orvieto, whose zone is shared with Umbria, not to mention IGTs (still regional with fewer restrictions than a DOC wine) such as Lazio, Colli Cimini, and Civitella d’Agliano.

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The town festivals include tastings of both wines and local fare, music, wine carriage processions and even a neighborhood palio competition, this Monday night is the Calici di Stelle with tastings under San Lorenzo’s falling stars.

Most events take place in the evening, but also check with any of the tourist offices of the town nearest you for details, don’t to hesitate to call 334 284 2216.

www.tusciaviterbese.it
www.cittadimontefiascone.it
www.prolocovignanello.it (ANSA)
www.viviviterbo.it


Calici di Stelle: Taste WInes as San Lorenzo’s Stars Fall

wine_moon.jpgThe Wine Tourism Movement of Italy and the Associazione Italian Sommeliers, or AIS, is holding an outdoor wine event this Monday, August 10, from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. You’ll taste a variety of unusual whites, reds and dessert wines from the Tre Venezie (many of them native varieties), and if the weather holds, should offer a festive, relaxing opportunity to explore and expand your Italian wine palate. (There will be a entrance fee of €5 or €10, if I can obtain it I’ll post it here.)

calicedistelleThis is the Venice version of the Calici di Stelle events being held in cortili, piazze and historic centers all around Italy on August 10 (some on the 9th), La Notte di San Lorenzo. The stars that fall on that night represent tears shed for the saint…somehow they end up in our glasses. : ) In any case, if you’re not in Venice, check to see if there’s a local Calici di Stelle wine event near you.

This one will be held in the Piazza Ferretto in Venezia Mestre (see map link below). To reach it from Piazzale Roma (about 20 minutes), take bus number 7 (which runs more frequently), or that for Mirano, or Treviso. Tell the driver your destination and he’ll let you know the correct stop. To return, take nighttime (notturno) bus number 1. Alternatively, it’s about a 10-minute walk from the Mestre train station.

Here‘s the map.

Tchin-tchin!

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Wine/moon photo © Svetlana Suvorina | Dreamstime.com

Nebbiolo on parade: High Piedmont wines at the Monaco

risotto-al-castelmagno_feb08_2.JPG.jpeg If you’re a wine enthusiast here enjoying the post-Carnevale off-season, you’re in luck: a tasting of the grand wines of the Alto Piemonte will be held at the Hotel Monaco on Sunday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

These wines are some of the most austere and renowned in Italy: DOCs of Boca, Bramaterra, Colline Novaresi, Coste della Sesia, Fara, Lessona, Sizzano, and more (the two horizontal tastings of the DOCGs Gattinara and Ghemme are by reservation only). And since in Italy you never drink without eating, you also be able to pair your tastings with prodotti tipici, and even a variety of risotti prepared throughout the day by the cooks of the Gran Maestri del Risotto.

  • Le Eccellenze dell’Alto Piemonte a Venezia
  • Hotel Monaco
  • Sunday, March 15
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • €10

Presented by the Conzorzio Tutela Nebbioli Alto Piemonte and AIS Veneto.

A side note: the tasting will be held in the famous sala del Ridotto, the state-run casino where masked Venetian nobles gambled their remaining fortunes in the declining days of the Republic. Visit the paintings of chronicler Gabriele Bella in the Querini Stampalia for this and other representative scenes of Venice past.

Photo credit: Riso Zaccaria