01 A Global Snapshot of Recent Developments in Sparkling Wine – Essi Avellan MW
International Champagne and sparkling wine expert and editor of “FINE Champagne” magazine, Essi Avellan, Finland’s only Master of Wine, has spent much of the last two years travelling through the sparkling wine regions of the world to update “Tom Stevenson’s Christies World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine.” She is uniquely positioned to comment on the latest global developments and emerging sparkling winemaking regions.
02 Wine Communication is Her Profession, Champagne and Sparkling Wines are Her Language of Choice – Essi Avellan MW
According to Essi Avellan MW, “The world of sparkling wine is expanding tremendously. The growing market is providing opportunities for sparkling wines from every corner of the world. In addition to better than ever quality from Champagne and many other established regions, sparkling wine is mushrooming in for example, England, Tasmania, South Africa and Canada. But some exciting wines are also to be discovered in unexpected places such as Slovenia, Serbia and India.”
03 Add More Sparkle to Your Holiday Celebrations with Nino Franco Prosecco – Silvia Franco
Silvia Franco, fourth generation, Nino Franco, joins us from the nearly century-old Nino Franco winery, recognized as a top producer of Prosecco throughout its extensive range of offerings. All of the Nino Franco wines are DOCG, the most esteemed appellation designation in Italy, indicating they are made with grapes grown on the steep hillsides of the 15 communes between the towns of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano in the Veneto region. Valdobbiadene is located at the foot of the Prealps and is famous for the Prosecco vine and wine production.
04 Nino Franco Faìve Brut Sparkling 2011—80% Merlot + 20% Cabernet Franc—Sparks Food and Conversation – Silvia Franco
The Nino Franco winery, located a few blocks from the center of the town in Valdobbiadene, was founded in 1919 by Antonio Franco, and grew to become a sizeable Prosecco producer under Antonio’s son, Nino. Silvia’s father, Primo Franco, took the reins in 1993. He brought a vision of making sparkling wine of the highest quality including single vineyard Prosecco, very much ahead of his time in the region. Terlato Wines International imports five Nino Franco wines in the US beginning with the benchmark “Rustico” Valdobbiadene DOCG to the extraordinary single-vineyard Grave di Stecca, from a small, densely planted parcel of very old Glera vines, the white grape variety formerly known as “Prosecco,” where the Villa Barberina Bed and Breakfast sits.
http://www.villabarberina.itA Global Snapshot of Recent Developments in Sparkling Wine