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WineFairy chats with Vietti Winery; about Drink Local Wine Week; and revisits Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival

Segment-1: Wine Regions - Just Released... Vietti Castiglione Falletto Cru Vineyard 2004 Villero Riserva Barolo DOCG - Luciana Vietti
 
01: Although the family has made wine for two centuries, the first Vietti-labeled wines were produced by third-generation Mario, who transformed the family’s farm into a grape growing winery. In 1952 Alfredo Currado married Mario’s daughter Luciana and made a name for Vietti’s single-vineyard Barbera and Barolo. He also put the native Piedmont varietal Arneis on the wine map. While famous for its top quality and scarcity, the Vietti “Villero” has also caught the attention of connoisseurs for its unique labels, which are commissioned by the Currado family to local artists for each differing vintage—a practice that was introduced in 1970, and dedicated exclusively to the “Villero” Riserva since 1982. These specially-designed original works (lithographs, xylographies, etchings, silkscreens, linocuts) are inspired by the wine of that particular vintage. The print run is the same as the number of bottles produced, and the first hundred labels are signed by the artist. Vietti currently owns 80 acres of vineyards spread over nearly all the key regional appellations, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera d'Asti and Barbera d'Alba.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Regions - Barolo and Barbaresco Winemaking Guided by Intuition and Terroir at Vietti Winery in Langhe - Luca Currado
 
02: In 1990 Alfredo and Luciana’s son Luca Currado, fifth-generation oenologist, joined the family business as winemaker after working at California's Simi Winery, Opus One and Long Vineyards and Bordeaux's Mouton-Rothschild. Only produced in outstanding vintages, Villero Riserva Barolo DOCG is released on average once or twice a decade and is vinified from grapes grown on the south and southwest-facing slopes of one of Piedmont’s most celebrated cru vineyards, the Villero vineyard in Castiglione Falletto. This rare wine becomes a Riserva after a seven-year ageing process before being bottled unfiltered and unfined. Vietti produced 621 750mL six-bottle cases, 100 magnums, 12 double magnums, and five 5L bottles of the 2004 vintage. Currado's innovative winemaking utilizes a unique combination of the modern and traditional, including roto-fermenters, barriques, large Slovenian oak botte, and open-top fermenters. Recently he eliminated equipment that measures acid and tannin levels in favor of a more intuitive, and wine-specific approach, and also stopped publishing tasting notes, preferring that wine critics and drinkers apply their own perceptions and preferences to his wines.

 

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Segment-3: Wine Events - Citizen Wine Writers Contribute 47-Word Essays for 4th Annual Drink Local Wine Week October 9 - 15 - Jeff Siegel and Dave McIntyre
 
03: This will be the fourth annual Drink Local Wine (DLW) week, and the co-founders Jeff Siegel, a.k.a. The Wine Curmedgeon and Washington Post Wine Columnist Dave McIntyre have even more opportunities to get involved this year. Typically, they use the DLW site to aggregate regional wine writing from around the country that writers, bloggers and consumers post on blogs, web sites, and the like. This year, they are commissioning some original pieces about regional wine. They also have a couple of new promotions, including a 47-word essay contest. They are asking wine lovers to send in an essay about their favorite regional wine or region, and they'll give prizes to the best essays. Why 47 words? Because there are 47 other states that make wine besides California, Washington and Oregon? Submit your essay via DrinkLocalWine@gmail.com!

 

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Segment-4: Wine Regions - Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival Highlights Cool Viticultural Growing Region - Debbie Gioquindo
 
04: The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival highlights Hudson Valley, New York, wines and spirits. The competition was open to all commercial wineries & distilleries in the Hudson Valley AVA using New York State fruit, but more exclusively, Hudson Valley fruit. This was the first year the competition introduced the spirits category. The Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association mission is to increase the quality and quantity of wine and grape production in the Hudson Valley through education, knowledge, networking and cooperation. The Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association demonstrates and highlights the quality of our regions grapes and wines and growing interest the public has for them and wines from the valley's cool viticultural growing region. Debbie Gioquindo, a.k.a. Hudson Valley Wine Goddess, is the Director, Organizer and Chair-person behind The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival.

 

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lynn krielow chamberlain is an independent wine and food journalist and host of the "Wine and Dine" radio show heard on VinVillageRadio broadcast on wsRadio, the world-wide leader in internet talk-radio with over 4-million listeners a month!


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