03042016_VIneyardInsideI talian, Italian, Italian. That sums it up this past weekend at the Vineyard. Great tasting. I usually find myself a bit lost with Italian wine depending on the region. So much volcanic soil or limestone in some regions. Don’t match the wine with the right foods and you aren’t sure what you are drinking. These were all pleasing to my palate.
I was introduced to a new grape, Insolia, a grape native to Sicily. The Corvo Insolia was a nice light wine without too much acidity.
Although I couldn’t find it on any website I would swear there was a lot of oak on the Corvo Pinot Noir. The Italians though are not known for using oak in their wines. The Franco Serra Dolcetto D’alba was a lighter red wine with some nice texture. My favorite was the Corte Rugolin Valpolicella Ripasso which had some nice pleasant chocolate notes to it.
And it was great to see some old friends.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463

When: Friday, March 4, 2016, 4:30-6:30PM. Saturday, March 5, 2015, 3 to 6 pm.
Cost: $7
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. Corvo Pinot Grigio
  2. Corvo Insolia
  3. Corvo Pinot Noir
  4. Franco Serra Dolcetto D’Alba
  5. Franco Serra Nebbiolo
  6. Corte Rugolin Valpolicella Ripasso

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Corvo Pinot Grigio | Sicily
Nice fruit up front but not sweet. Softer mouthfeel that most Pinot Grigios with some decent acid.. Fruity nose of ripe peach. Website. Cost: $11.99
Corvo Insolia | Sicily
Insolia is a native Siciilan grape that I had never heard of before. This is a light-bodied but refreshing wine that recalls lemon zest, peach and green apple. Fresh acidity gives it a clean, bright finish. Pair this with vegetarian appetizers. Cost: $11.99
Corvo Pinot Noir | Italy
Corvo expertise in crafting fine wines since 1824 is expressed in this unique vibrant Pinot Noir. A medium bodied wine with silky texture and delicate aromas of blueberry and blackberry, accented by subtle hints of pepper and spice and with a smooth lingering finish. Corvo Pinot Noir is perfect with lamb, salmon, pasta, pizza and grilled meats. Cost: $11.99
Franco Serra Dolcetto D’Alba | Italy
This fresh, bright wine offers impressions of red cherry, red berries, cranberry, raspberry, herbs, cocoa and smoke. Cost: $13.99
Franco Serra Nebbiolo |
This engagingly ripe wine offers notes of red cherry, peat moss, tea, olive and dried raspberry. Cost: $16.99
Corte Rugolin Valpolicella Ripasso |
This wine is the product of the fermentation of Valpolicella Classico on the pressed grapes of Recioto and Amarone that are still full of sweet wine. The result is a high quality long lasting wine with strong and decisive characteristics and an intense bouquet of cherries and plums Cost: $29.99

Ed has his tasting slip this week
Ed has his tasting slip this week

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