Dolcetto [dolˈtʃetto] is a black Italian wine grape variety widely grown in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy. The Italian word dolcetto means "little sweet one", but it is not certain that the name originally carried any reference to the grape’s sugar levels: it is possible that it derives from the name of the hills where the vine is cultivated. In any case the wines produced are nearly always dry. They can be tannic and fruity with moderate, or decidedly low, levels of acidity and are typically meant to be consumed one to two years after release.
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    • Top of the Hill Country Wine Trail tour – Part 1

      The Top of the Hill Country Wine Trail is a wine trail located appropriately enough at the northern end of the Hill Country. There are some great wineries on the trail but since most wine visitors concentrate on the wineries around US Highway 290 in the Hill Country, they sometimes do not take the opportunity to visit the other Hill Country wineries.

      Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Loverin Syrah- 4 readers -
    • Have Wine What Cheese?

      Have Wine What Cheese? It has been pointed out that the most popular post on Spittoon is not that helpful. A list of Matching Cheese and Wine is great but bloody tiresome to sort through if you start with a wine and need to select a cheese to accompany. So ‘ere we go – the great Have Wine What Cheese list. This list couldn’t possibly be exhaustive, there are far too many combinations.

      Andrew Barrow/ Spittoon- 3 readers -
    • Azelia, Dolcetto D’Alba DOC, Bricco Dell’Oriolo, Castiglione Falletto, Italia, 2012, 13% abv

      I probably don’t need to tell you what happens when several wine and food geeks get together and each brings a nerdy bottle of wine. Not only was there an abundance of alcohol and food, but also of educated opinion. Between 5 of us, there was about $50,000 in WSET wine education tuition fees spent over the past 4 years or so, 3 Diploma holders and 2 entering their final Diploma term.

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  • Review of Landon Winery’s Dolcetto 2012

    … Landon Winery, founded in 2005, offers world-class wines to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and beyond. Having two locations, the original winery being in downtown McKinney, TX and the second location in Greenville, TX, Landon Winery produces a wide array of wines. As a bonus, they also make custom personalized labels that are perfect for gift…

    Jeremy Wilson/ Texas Wine Lover- 9 readers -
  • Organic Winners from the 2015 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

    … Champagne varieties of Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, substituting Colombard and Sangiovese instead. Campovida scored well for some of its fine wines, as did Sonoma's lesser known Martorana Vineyards in Dry Creek and Petroni Vineyards on Moon Mountain. Madonna Estate in Napa, run by an old Italian family, won a Double Gold for its Dolcetto ($35) and Lodi star…

    Pam Strayer/ Organic Wines Uncorked- 6 readers -
  • Acorn Winery: A Russian River Valley Treasure

    … Acorn Winery is a labor of love for owners Betsy and Bill Nachbaur. They’ve been farming their property, Alegría Vineyards, sustainably since 1990. On their 32 acres in Russian River Valley, they grow 60 grape varieties. From that they bottle approximately 3,000 cases of wine each year; every one of them field blends. Their commitment…

    Gabe's Viewin Cabernet Franc- 8 readers -
  • Wine of the Day December 22, 2014

    …, it offers ripe flavors, balance and velvet gloved power, at 14% alcohol it is not over the top and feels lovely and rounded on the palate, this is magical stuff and I highly recommend putting some of this away, and don’t miss their Dolcetto and Barbera for immediate pleasure and enjoyment. ($90 Est.) 96-98 Points, grapelive avail at … 3 readers -
  • Italian Barbera wines dazzle in taste test

    … in price. I also rate this wine at 89 Points. I purchased this wine at the Redwood City Costco. Pedro Martinez Alesanco Blanco 2013 – $9.99 K&L Wines I love Spanish white wines, especiallly Albarino and Viura wines. I received an email Alert from K&L Wines recommending the Pedro Martinez Alesanco Blanco 2013. Boy, was I disappointed…

    Wine Values and Bargains- 32 readers -
  • Swirl Wine: Great Gifts Under $100

    … join the two bottle wine of the month club, as well as the three bottle club! Here Come the Holidays—Filled with tons of fun goodies to jump for joy over, the red basket is filled with everything. Use as a corporate gift or as a hostess gift for your favorite holiday party. Leese-Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon (California), Red Autumn Chardonnay…

    Sara Lehman/ Somm In The City in Cabernet Sauvignon- 5 readers -
  • Swirl In The Holidays With Original Wine Of The Month Club

    … you a hero. Handpicked chocolate delicacies all sourced from the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and sent in a faux leather re-usable tote. Bakset includes 2 Viva Diva Moscato's. Gift includes: 2 Bottles of Viva Diva Moscato, Dolcetto Chocolate Wafer Cookies, Chocolate Crisp Cookies, Chocolate Crackle Cookies, Urban Oven Chocolate Cookies, Claeys…

    Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snob- 5 readers -
  • New Releases From ACORN Winery

    … Bill farmed the vineyard and the grapes were sold. ACORN Winery was founded in 1994 and the first release was a Sangiovese in 1996. Clay Mauritson is the consulting winemaker. I recently had the opportunity to try some of the wineries new releases. 2011 ACORN Winery Axiom Syrah – Purple in color. 13.5% ABV. 98% Syrah and 2% Viognier. Black fruits…

    Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chroniclesin Merlot- 7 readers -
  • A Non-Traditional Thanksgiving

    … Berri” 1988 Poderi Marcarini made from 100% Dolcetto from pre-phylloxera vines. The vineyard is over 100 years old and because the soil is sandy and the particular microclimate of the vineyard, the vines are phylloxera free. They are not spliced onto American rootstock but are native vines. The vineyard is 0.5 hectares; there are 4,400 vines per…

    Charles Scicolone/ Charles Scicolone on Wine- 1 readers -
  • Due Vigne Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto

    … actually found me first via this blog and the article I posted about California Nebbiolo back in the summer of 2011. He grows Italian varieties in the Sierra Foothills. In 1995 he planted Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto in El Dorado County and now also produces Sangiovese and Primitivo. Ever since 2011, we’ve been talking about the development…

    enotecaMarcellain Cabernet Sauvignon Sauvignon Blanc- 6 readers -

    … "Wine. The intellectual part of the meal." …. Alexandre Dumas What’s your favorite every day wine for Italian food? For many Italians, it’s Dolcetto. The same wine wonderland that gives us the Nebbiolo grape in Barolo and Barbaresco wines, and luscious romantic Amarones , happily consumes Dolcetto around the family dinner tables of Piedmont…

    Wine Mizer- 2 readers -
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