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WineFairy chats with Becky Sue Epstein on Emilia Romagna; & Felipe González-Gordon Terry on Spanish wines

1st segment of this weeks Show: Wine Travel: Emilia Romagna in Italy is the Land of Modern Sangiovese with a very divided history - Becky Sue Epstein
 
Becky Sue Epstein reports to us from Emilia Romagna where she tastes her way through new Old World Denominazione di origine controllata ("Controlled origin denomination") Sangiovese and white DOCG — Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita wines produced from the Indigenous Albana di Romagna in both a dry and Passito (dessert) version. According to Chef Mario Batali, "Emilia Romagna is considered by many Italians to be the culinary apex of the entire peninsula." Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano hail from this region.

 

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2nd segment of this weeks Show: Wine Travel: Emilia Romagna Rich in Food, Wine, Quality of Life - Becky Sue Epstein
 
Emilia-Romagna is an administrative region of Northern Italy comprising the two historic regions of Emilia and Romagna. The capital is Bologna. The area is home to about 4.3 million inhabitants. Emilia Romagna today is considered as one of the richest and most developed regions in Europe. It's also a major cultural and touristic hotspot, is a major centre for food and automobile production (including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Barilla), and enjoys a resort-destination coastline. Americans are familiar with sweet Lambruscos. In the future, we can expect more modern, drier, food-friendlier examples to be exported to the US.

 

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3rd segment of this weeks Show: Wines of Spain: Beronia Rioja is classic Rioja  but in a New Traditional Way - Felipe González-Gordon Terry
 
Felipe González-Gordon Terry represents the fifth generation from González Byass of Jerez, Spain. It's not surprising that the family's mantra is 'A passion for the authentic' whether we are talking about the flagship wine, Tio Pepe Fino Sherry, Bodegas Beronia in the Rioja Alta region, or Vilarnau Cava produced at the new Can Petit winery on the outskirts of Sant Sadurni d'Anoia in the Penedes. The family celebrated it's 175th winemaking anniversary in 2010.

 

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4th segment of this weeks Show: Wines of Spain: Bodegas Beronia Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva, Tempranillo - Felipe González-Gordon Terry
 
Bodegas Beronia has been owned by the González Byass group since 1982 but the land has been inhabited since the third century B.C. The winery itself is surrounded by roughly 74 acres of vineyard planted with Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, Graciano and Viura. The range of wines encompasses every price-point for all tastes and budges with Beronia III a.C. at the top made from hand-picked 88% Tempranillo, 7% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. The currently available 2004 spent 15 months in new American, French, and Hungarian oak casks, 80% of which was new. Enjoy. The wines are available nationally.

 

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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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