01 “Native Wine Grapes of Italy”—Many Thousand Years in the Making – Ian D’Agata
Ian D’Agata, author, “Native Wine Grapes of Italy” is a Rome-based wine writer and educator who writes regularly for “International Wine Cellar” newsletter as well as for “Decanter” magazine. He is on staff at “Le Figaro-Vin,” where he writes on Italian and French wines. Mountainous terrain, volcanic soils, innumerable microclimates, and an ancient culture of winemaking influenced by Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans make Italy the most diverse country in the world of wine. This diversity is reflected in the fact that Italy grows the largest number of native wine grapes known, amounting to more than a quarter of the world’s commercial wine grape types. D’Agata spent thirteen years interviewing producers, walking vineyards, studying available research, and tasting wines to create this authoritative guide to Italy’s native grapes and their wines.
02 Five Hundred Different Native Italian Grape Varieties, from Aglianico to Zibibbo – Ian D’Agata
Ian D’Agata provides details about how wine grapes are identified and classified, what clones are available, which soils are ideal, and what genetic evidence tells us about a variety’s parentage. He gives historical and anecdotal accounts of each grape variety and describes the characteristics of wines made from the grape. A regional list of varieties and a list of the best producers provide additional guidance. Comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and engaging, this book is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to know more about the vast enological treasures cultivated in Italy.
03 Charbay® Wines and Spirits an Inseparable Personal Artistic Expression from 12th Gen Winemaker Master Distiller – Miles Karakasevic
Twelfth generation European Winemaker Master Distiller, Miles Karakasevic, sees “wines and spirits as inseparable… all a part of his personal expression,” according to daughter Lara. With so much attention on the national stage focused on Charbay® Distillery & Winery’s artisan spirits, the winery has remained somewhat of a hidden secret. Today, Miles discusses the parallel souls and varietal expression of two fortified wines: Charbay 2006 Still House Port and Charbay2006 Distiller’s Port, perfect for roasted nuts and stinky cheeses.
04 Charbay® “Exists Because We Produce Things Which Nobody Else Does” – Miles Karakasevic
Miles Karakasevic studied enology and viticulture at college and at the feet of his father and grandfather before him. He has worked in organic chemistry and chemical engineering, scientific tools that he applies to the art of distillation and winemaking at Charbay® Wines and Spirits, the only distiller in Napa County. You are invited to visit them on Spring Mountain. The “Charbay brand is a family business whereby we make wine and distill different spirits because that is what we do, that is what feeds us!” “The object at Charbay® is to make the best that we can.” Miles Karakasevic