FERRARI
 
 
Great Italian Sparkling Wine
 
TRE BICCHIERI 2019
 
 
NEW YORK
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It’s taken me a couple weeks, but here it is. My take and thoughts on the 2019 TreBicchieri Italian Wine Tasting – New York. Was disappointed the last 2 years, but this year was great. Back to the good old days of Tre Bicchieri.
  
I am always excited at the prospect each and every year of going to the most important New York Italian Wine Tasting of the Year, The Tre Bicchieri Italian Wine Tasting of Italy’s finest wines. This wine tasting which historically is conducted by the magazine that is known by American Italian Wine people as the “Wine Spectator of Italy,” Gambero Rosso whose book Gambero Rosso – Italian Wines is the Premier Wine Tasting of the year.
 
This book published by Gambero Rosso Publications, of the organizations Best Italian Wines of The Year, which are Tre Biccheri Award Winners, Tre Bicchieri translating to “Three Glasses,” whereby wines from every corner of Italy are meticulously tasted and judged by Italian Wine Experts of Italy. Wines are awarded 1, 2, or 3 Glasses for the best wines. A book is published of all the wine estates of any importance from all over Italy, from each and every wine region, and all the estates from these regions.
 
The TRE BICCHIERI Wine tastings which are held in Italy and all throughout the World in cities like; New York, Chicago, SanFrancisco, Boston, Milan, Rome and …
 
 
 
 
MY FAVORITE PROSECCO of Them ALL !!!
 
VILLA SANDI PROSECCO CARTIZZE
 
 
This Prosecco is absolutely The BEST !!! Trust me on this one. You will not find a better Prosecco anywhere. If you Love Prosecco and the “Finer Things in Life” then this is the Prosecco you should be drinking, Villa Sandi – Prosecco “Cartizze”  , from the Cartizze Zone of the Valdobbadene where the World’s Finest Prosecco comes from. 
 
TASTING NOTES : Villa Sandi Prosecco Cartizze
 
COLOR
 
Very pale straw yellow and an intense, fine and persistent perlage.

BOUQUET

Intensely fruity aroma with clear hints of ripe golden apple, exotic fruit salad and citrus fruits; a persistent flowery aroma reminiscent of acacia and wistaria flowers.

FLAVOUR

Fresh, dry and austere but at the same time agreeably smooth. A fine froth develops in the mouth liberating soft fruity sensations.
WHY is It Calle CARTIZZE ?
Superiore di Cartizze. The hill of Cartizze is a 305 metres (1,001 ft) high vineyard of 107 hectares (260 acres) of vines, owned by 140 growers. The Prosecco from its grapes, of which comparatively little is produced, is widely considered to be of the highest quality, or even the “Grand Cru” of Prosecco.
 
 
 
 
 
 
LAURA FELUGA
 
Of LIVIO FELUGA
 
 
Laura Felluga, holds just one bottl of her family’s famed White Wines from Collio, Friuli in North Eastern Italy, where Italy’s and The Best White Wines in the entire World are made.
It was great seeing Laura Felluga at this years Tre Bicchieri NY. I’ve long loved her family’s fine wines, especially their Pinot Grigio, which is my all-time favorite of any Pinot Grigio at all, of which this wine and grape varietal are often maligned as being tasteless and of low class as far as the wine world is concerned. “Not,” especially in the case of Liveo Fellugo who to me makes the benchmark of the species, a wine that is always a great pleasure to drink.
The Livio Felluga premium wine “Terre Alte” was their Tre Bicchieri award winner, and a fine wine it is. Laura gave me a taste, I took a sip, made an assessment and we discussed. “I loved it,” I let Laura know. It tasted quite fine, with rich creamy Tropical Fruit and Almond flavors, the wine was a delight to drink. It’s a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Baino, and Friuliano (Tocai) grapes, and is the estates premier wine, and though it is a great wine and nice to drink every now and the, I’ll take the Pinot Grigio almost every time. 
I told Laura how much I love their Pinot Grigio and that I feel it is the best one on the market, a feeling I’ve had ever since I first tasted it, way back in 1997 when I opened America’s 1st ever Venetian Wine Bar (Bacaro), Bar Cichetti in Greenwich Village New York. I remarked to Laura how I loved the Copper Color that Felluga’s Pinot Grigio usually has, a true sign of the highest quality when it comes to Pinot Grigio. Laura agreed. I thanked her for the tasting and little chat, I told her to say hello to her Dad, and I said goodbye (Ciao).
 
 
TERRE ALTE
 
Created in 1981, Terre Alte is considered one of Italy’s most prestigious white wines. The balanced blend of Friulano, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon grapes, estate-grown at Rosazzo in the historic Terre Alte vineyards, yelds a superbly elegant wine with a profusion of intense fruit and flower aromas. A wine of outstanding structure, Terre Alte acquires a wonderfully complex bouquet of tertiary aromas with bottle aging. 
 
 
 
In Friuli, and far beyond this special land of very special people and wines, the name Livio Felluga is synonymous with all that is best in the oenological heritage.

The long family tradition extends over five generations, back to the days when the Felluga’s were making Refosco and Malvasia in their native Isola d’Istria. 
Seventy years ago, the family’s skills were transferred to Friuli by the eldest son of the fourth generation, Livio, whose great privilege it is to be regarded as the patriarch of viticulture and winemaking in the region.

In the 1950s, Livio set up the cellar at Brazzano, sealing his love for the hill country with the far-sighted purchase of the first Felluga vineyards at Rosazzo.
 
 
PINOT GRIGIO GRAPES
 
LIVO FELLUGA VINEYARDS
 
 
 
Pinot Grigio “Livio Felluga.” This celebrated variety derives from a bud mutation of Pinot Noir. Pinot Grigio favours cooler climates and finds its ideal habitat on the hillsides. Livio Felluga’s vinification technique gives the wine finesse and elegance while preserving the faint coppery highlights that are Pinot Grigio’s hallmark. Without doubt, it is the best-known Friulian wine around the world. 
 
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NEW YORK 2019
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Ferari “Perle”
At BUCO di BACCO
POSITANO
May 2018 
This is a bottle of Ferrari “Perle” that my cousin Tony and I polished off at Buco di Baco Ristorante in Positano one day for lunch. I will never forget all the tasty bottles of Ferrari sparking Italian wine my cousin Tony and I drank on our trip to Positano, Sorrento, Salerno, and the Amalfi Coast in the Summer of 2018.
I created a Monster when Tony handed me the wine list and told me to pick out a nice bottle of Champagne. After looking the list over and seeing the great Italian Sparkling Wines, that are every bit the equal to many French CHampagnes, I tole Tony, “They have a lot of good Italian Spaklere. Let’s get one of them.” Tony said, “OK,” and we did, and Tony just loved it and for the rest of the trip almost every time we were having lunch or dinner, Tony wanted to order a bottle of Ferrari, and so we did., and I shall never forget all those ttasty bottles and times on restaurants, trattorias,. and hotels (Le Sirenuse, Positano) on the Amalfi Coast , Italy.
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This is the label that identifies the best Italian sparkling wine in the world, able to meet the challenge of time and become truly legendary.
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