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Preview: Appassimento all’italiano, Sweet Wines at Their Best

September is all about passito wines, i.e. sweet wines or dessert wines, basically, all wines made with the appassimento (dehydration) method in the Italian Food, Wine, and Travel group. This month’s theme will indeed be Appassimento all’italiano, Sweet Wines at Their Best.

As I mentioned in the invitation article last week, the appassimento method can simply put include

  • Late harvest
  • Development of the ‘noble rot’ fungus (Botrytis cinerea) on the plant
  • Drying on straw mats, in boxes, or hung on racks in drying rooms (fruttaie).

Therefore, also wines such as Amarone and Primitivo can be included even if they are not really sweet/dessert wines.

The fruttaia at Villa Calcinaia, Tuscany

The articles this month

The wine writers participating in this month’s theme have chosen their wines and they will take us on an interesting journey through Italian wines made with the appassimento (dehydration) method.

Jennifer at Vino Travels will share “An Amarone Pairing with a Visit to Brunelli
Jeff at Food Wine Click will share “Dip Your Biscotti in Montefalco Sagrantino Passito
Linda at My Full Wine Glass will share “Passito and peaches –perfect late-summer fare (#ItalianFWT)
Camilla Mann at Culinary Adventures with Cam will share “Polpette al Forno + Sartarelli Verdicchio Passito 2013
Wendy Klik at A Day in the Life on the Farm will share “Appassimento Method explained in Layman Terms”
Kevin Gagnon at Snarky Wine will share “Great Sweet Wines of the World Part 2: Passito
Cindy at Grape Experiences will share “Italian Night? Pair Appassimento from Abruzzo with Homemade Wild Mushroom Ravioli
Nicole at Somm’s Table will share “The Sweet Side of ILatium Morini: Sette Dame Recioto di Soave Classico with an Old-Fashioned Strawberry Cake
Gwendolyn at Wine Predator will share “Pasqua Puts a Little Love in Your Life Part 2: White and Red Appassimento
Katarina at Grapevine Adventures will share “3 Different Italian Appassimento Wines That You Will Love

How To Participate

On Saturday, 7 September, at 11 am ET / 17.00 CEST the Italian Food, Wine, and Travel group will explore Appassimento all’italiano, Sweet Wines at Their Best in the #ItalianFWT chat on Twitter.

All those of you who are interested in wine, food, and travel in relation to Italian sweet wines are very welcome to participate in the chat on Saturday. It is always great to have new fellow Italian wine and food enthusiasts to join and add new perspectives to the discussion.

Join us on Twitter on Saturday, 7 September, by typing in the hashtag #ItalianFWT in the search field on Twitter and click Enter, thereafter, you click Latest which will show you all the live tweets. In that way, you can take part in the live discussion. After the chat, you can also head over to read and comment on the article writers’ blog posts. It’s always nice to get feedback on the articles.

The fruttaia, Villa Calcinaia
Katarina Andersson

Seen often at wine events streaming live, Katarina is a wine writer, wine educator, social media strategist, and translator. She is the founder of WinesOfItaly LiveStream. She has been a guest at The Cellar, hosted by Richard Glover, at Wine Two Five, a podcast hosted by Stephanie Davis and Valerie Caruso, and at the Twitter chat #WiningHourChat founded by Li Valentine.

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