Tag Archives: Alto Adige

In My Glass: 2008 Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Benefizium Porer

I knew better. I knew better than to buy this bottle of Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Benefizium Porer from the 2008 vintage, and released a year later, in 2013. I knew better after having perused the store’s dusty, dark aisles laden with straggler bottles of wine from vintages long past.  And I certainly knew better […]

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In My Glass: 2010 Alois Lageder Haberle Pinot Bianco

My enduring fascination with the wines of Alto Adige continues, and the spring months are some of the best times to enjoy wines from this region of northeast Italy. (Though, in truth they should be enjoyed all year round!) The Alois Lageder Haberle Pinot Bianco is a straw yellow, with a clear, bright appearance in […]

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Wine Review: 2008 Kellerei/Cantina Terlan “Terlaner Classico”

The Kellerei or Cantina Terlan Classico blend is another dual identity wine from Alto Adige. Part German, part Italian, I can’t get enough of wines from this region. Terlan is one of the region’s oldest wine cooperatives, and today has about 100 members. As Glenn and I have said before, don’t fear the term cooperative. […]

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Wine of the Week: 2010 J. Hofstätter Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige)

On Saturday night we served a lovely Pinot Noir from J. Hofstätter to 500 guests (see my previous post). I thought it was elegant and representative of a light, flavorful style of Pinot Noir that seems only to come from Alto Adige. To my delight, others enjoyed it as much as I did and it […]

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Wine for 500 (or how to please everyone without resorting to the lowest common denominator)

Saturday was a big night: a celebration with 500 of my organization’s nearest and dearest donors, volunteers, and friends. I had been mulling over the wine selection for weeks, tasting various options with colleagues and on my own, writing about the results, and even getting suggestions from you, our readers. In the end, the selection […]

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Wine Review: 2009 Cantina Tramin Pinot Bianco – Alto Adige/Südtirol

Cantina or Kellerei? Alto Adige or Südtirol? Pinot Bianco or Weissburgunder? The words only highlight the fascinating blend of Italian and German cultures, winemaking, and language found in this northeastern corner of Italy. Tramin (I’ll skip the first word since I can’t quite decide whether to follow the German or Italian linguistics) is a cooperative […]

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Wine Review: 2009 Alois Lageder Lagrein Rosé

I usually abide by the conventional wisdom that almost all rosés should be drunk within a year after their release? So, why am I drinking a 2009 rosé? I blame it on being so eager for spring and the arrival of the 2010 vintage that I simply was not thinking about the date when I […]

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Wine Review: 2009 St. Michael-Eppan Pinot Grigio (Anger Vineyard)

Ever since the Alto Adige seminar and walk-around tasting a few weeks ago, I have been making a point to check the selection of wines from this region in Boston area wine shops. The selection, unfortunately, tends to be rather small and disappointing, so I was quite happy to receive an email from Vinodivino promoting […]

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“The Distinctive Wines of Alto Adige” – The Walkaround Tasting

After the seminar and guided tasting, it was time to walk – walk around the tables of the twenty producers represented at the show and taste more deeply these wonderful wines. Since the trade show was held at The Skywalk of  the Prudential Tower, the wines had some competition from the best view in Boston. The […]

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The Distinctive Wines of Alto Adige – Seminar and Guided Tasting

The Alsace of Italy. Where the Mediterranean meets the Alps. Italian wines made by Germans. I could continue with some of the comparisons and contrasts that have been used to describe the wines of Alto Adige or Südtirol, but high quality, terroir-driven and reflective of origin, comparatively small production, and very enjoyable are the more […]

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