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San Antonio Winery at BiCE-San Diego

San Antonio Winery Wine Pairing Dinner at BiCE in San Diego
 

Rosé, Summer Solstice and Night Moves

Rosé Wine

Roero Arneis

Roero Arneis

Grappa

VinVillage Blogger MikeMo

Grappa is a high octane spirit in Italy that is made from distilling "pomace," a by-product of the winemaking process. Pomace is essentially the pressed skins and stems left over after the first vinification process. The name grappa is in fact a reference to this, as it means "grape stems" in an Italian dialect and has been around since the Middle Ages.

Wines of Friuli

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Italian Amari

Amari, part of the larger “aperitivo/digestivo” family of quintessential Italian liqueurs have long been the perfect closing to any decent Italian meal.

 

Cal-Itals

  

Cal-Itals

 

Primitivo and Zinfandel... reluctant brothers.

 

 

Not long after the beginning of this new millennium, DNA testing proved that Zinfandel, considered to be "the American Original grape," in fact originated in Europe. UC Davis professor Carole Meredith found an exact genetic match of Zinfandel in Croatia, of all places, where the grape is in fact called Crljenak kastelanski.  However, there is more to this investigative story.  Another grape, from the Puglia (Apulia) region in southern Italy, claims to also have the same origins and genetic makeup of Zinfandel.

Malvasia

 

Corvina Veronese

Corvina Veronese

 

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