I’ve been less active here the past couple of months but it’s not because I haven’t thinking about, drinking, and writing about wine. Aside from overcoming some family emergencies and crises, I’ve been working on some other projects.
Earlier this month I finished an article about an artisan winery called Unterortl, for the Alto Adige USA website. Unterortl is special because the owners, Martin and Gisela Aurich, are independent growers and wine makers in a place where so many wineries are designed as coops with hundreds of growers providing fruit to one winery. But what really makes Unterortl most memorable is their unique location on the beautiful slopes of Castel Juval. They grow over ten varieties of grapes on four hectares of steep terrain and also produce amazingly pure grappa and aquavitae.
Aside from that, I currently am working on an article about the majestic region of Valtellina in the northern Italian Alps. Valtellina is a valley that runs east to west right near the border of Italy and Switzerland.
Valtellina produces some of the freshest and most elegant Nebbiolo wines in the entire world. Look for my article in the kick-off issue of The (new) SOMM Journal, coming out in June.
I’ll be back on here soon with more about red wines from southern Italy, the wild Roero region of Piemonte, and more … depending on where and when the inspiration comes!
As they’d say in Italy, “A presto!” (“See you soon!”)
PS – The images you see here are from photos from each of the above mentioned projects. For fun, I picked out a few and enhanced them with a photo program called Waterlogue. If I had more time, I would be painting them for real!
† Trivia: Actually sforzato comes from the contraction for “subito forzando,” suddenly with force, (source) and is probably most commonly known as an opera term for making a strong sudden accent on a note (or chord, or drum hit, etc).