Taste Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG in London

Villa Sandi will be pouring its wines at the following events in London this month.

Bellavita Expo
November 7-8

Waitrose Drinks Festival
November 15-17

Click links above for details and registration info

Don’t miss this opportunity to taste with Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG ambassadors, including Diva Moretti Polegato, the fourth generation of the Villa Sandi family!

CAMPAGNA FINANZIATA AI SENSI DEL REG. UE N. 1308/2013
CAMPAIGN FINANCED ACCORDING TO EU REG. N. 1308/2013

Gambero Rosso in Tokyo with Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG, winner of 10 Tre Bicchieri prizes

Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG, winner of 10 consecutive Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri awards, traveled to Japan last week for the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Tasting and top restaurant awards.

That’s Villa Sandi international export director Flavio Geretto (center) with Gambero Rosso senior editor Marco Sabellico to the left in the photo.

Flavio was there to lead a master class on Prosecco and why it’s become an international phenomenon.

“No other Italian wine event has such a restrictive selection filter,” write the editors of the Gambero Rosso guide, “a guarantee of absolute quality. Thanks to the extraordinary interest that Japanese consumers show in quality Italian wine, the Guida Vini d’Italia has been translated into Japanese since 2013, joining editions in Chinese, English and German. Tokyo is one of the world’s cities that has shown the most marked interest in Italian food and wine. That sensibility is encouraged by excellent local Italian restaurants. Together with San Francisco and Copenhagen, Tokyo displays the best Italian food scene around the globe according to the Gambero Rosso Top Italian Restaurants guide.”

Photo thanks to Hiro Nagashima.

CAMPAGNA FINANZIATA AI SENSI DEL REG. UE N. 1308/2013
CAMPAIGN FINANCED ACCORDING TO EU REG. N. 1308/2013

Taste Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG this weekend and next week in London!

Taste Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG this weekend, November 2-3, at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter at the Landmark Hotel and Wednesday, November 6, at the SquareMeal Food and Wine Tasting at The Honourable Artillery Company in London.

Click links above for event details and registration.

Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG brand ambassador Diva Polegato Moretti, daughter of owner Giancarlo Polegato Moretti, will be on hand to pour and talk about her family’s wines at both gatherings.

Don’t miss this opportunity to taste Italy’s favorite Prosecco!

Image via the Landmark Hotel website.

CAMPAGNA FINANZIATA AI SENSI DEL REG. UE N. 1308/2013
CAMPAIGN FINANCED ACCORDING TO EU REG. N. 1308/2013

Prosecco DOCG for Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of the year again when wine writers across the United States will begin posting and publishing their “Thanksgiving wine recommendations.”

And inevitably, many of them will start their posts with apologetic admissions that Thanksgiving wine pairings are almost impossible to make. That’s because of two major reasons.

1) The classic all-American Thanksgiving feast includes a wide variety of dishes, disparate in flavor. As a result, there’s no “one wine” that goes well with everything on the table.

2) The Thanksgiving gathering is traditionally a family affair where you have all kinds of different people, with different palates and tastes, seated for the same meal. Not everyone likes the same style of wine. For some of your guests, it’s the only time of year that they actually drink wine!

And here’s where Prosecco DOCG comes in. There are a number of reasons why it works well with the Thanksgiving meal.

1) It’s immensely versatile at the table and superbly food-friendly. It will pair well with a lot of the dishes in the traditional Thanksgiving meal.

2) It’s both a crowd-pleaser that inexperienced wine drinkers can enjoy and a classic Italian wine that wine lovers will like. (This is one of the reasons it’s best to go with Prosecco DOCG for Thanksgiving because it represents the highest tier of quality in the appellation.)

3) It’s low in alcohol and so guests don’t need to be shy about having more than one glass.

4) It’s one of the sparkling wine world’s most value-driven appellations. This is important when you’re serving wine to a large group.

5) It’s the ultimate celebration wine. Its sparkle is an essential element in any holiday party.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American friends! In coming weeks, we’ll share more serving and pairing suggestions here on the blog.

CAMPAGNA FINANZIATA AI SENSI DEL REG. UE N. 1308/2013
CAMPAIGN FINANCED ACCORDING TO EU REG. N. 1308/2013

Prosecco DOCG, the classic “small plates” wine of Venice

If you’ve ever spent any time in Venice, you’ve probably spent some time in a bacaro (BAH-kah-roh) or cicchetteria (chee-keht-teh-REE-ah).

The nearly interchangeable terms refer to the classic Venetian wine bar where small plates are served — a favorite way for Venetians to dine.

No one really knows where the word bacaro comes from. Some people believe it might be derived from Bacchus (Bacco in Italian).

The term cicchetteria comes from the Venetian dialectal word cicheti (sing. cicheto) meaning small plates (or small bites or snacks), from the French chiqueter meaning to chop or mince.

In Venice, the number-one wine you’ll find in a bacaro or cicchetteria is Prosecco DOCG.

We’ve written before about how Prosecco is the ultimate seafood wine.

It’s part of the reason why Prosecco DOCG is the (semi-)official wine of Venice.

But when it comes to small plates, there could be no better wine to pour.

Small plates tend to be on the saltier side (like those anchovies above) and Prosecco, with its freshness and mineral flavor, is an ideal match because it mirror the flavors of small plates.

Prosecco always has restrained alcohol content and that’s perfect when you’re eating a lot of different kinds of salty foods.

And aside from a charbroiled steak, Prosecco goes great with nearly anything, making it a wonderful wine to share with friends in a small plates restaurant.

The next time you visit your favorite small plates restaurant, try a bottle of Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG for the pairing. You’ll thank us!

CAMPAGNA FINANZIATA AI SENSI DEL REG. UE N. 1308/2013
CAMPAIGN FINANCED ACCORDING TO EU REG. N. 1308/2013

Prosecco DOCG harvest 2019 comes to an end

The Prosecco DOCG harvest 2019 came to an end last week.

Those are some of the very last bunches to be picked in the photo above. All of the fruit is picked by hand and is then placed whole into plastic crates.

The fruit is on its way to the winery where it will be immediately pressed. The grape must (the “juice”) will then be transferred to temperature-controlled vats where it will be chilled to ensure it doesn’t start fermenting until the desired moment.

Villa Sandi is one of just a handful of Prosecco DOCG producers who use this method. It’s much more expensive than conventional methods. But the winemaker at Villa Sandi, Stefano Gava, feels that it’s only way to achieve the level of quality he’s striving for.

It’s they key element in the Villa Sandi approach to the production of Prosecco DOCG because it ensures the maximum freshness of the wine.

And freshness, Stefano often says when he is leading guided tastings of Villa Sandi’s wines, is the whole secret to a great Prosecco DOCG.

CAMPAGNA FINANZIATA AI SENSI DEL REG. UE N. 1308/2013
CAMPAIGN FINANCED ACCORDING TO EU REG. N. 1308/2013

La Cucina Italiana launches in NYC and Prosecco DOCG is there!

Italy’s most celebrated food magazine, the historic La Cucina Italiana launched its new English-language edition this week at Eataly in New York.

And when you pick up your copy of the new magazine, you’ll find an ad from Villa Sandi featuring the Prosecco DOCG appellation. We wanted to support the new publication because it remains the number-one resource in the world for all things related to Italian food and wine.

Founded in the 1920s by a group of leading Italian intellectuals and literary figures, the magazine was initially conceived as a sort of “encyclopedia” of Italian gastronomy. Over the years, and still today, it is an iconic fixture in Italians’ homes: You’ll often see them neatly lined up on a book shelf, sometimes stretching back decades, the same way Americans proudly display their collections of National Geographic.

Long before English-language food and wine writing and food and wine television became popular across the world, La Cucina Italiana (meaning literally Italian cuisine set the standard for what food media could be.

Of course, part of what made and still makes the magazine so special is the subject matter!

We couldn’t be more thrilled that La Cucina Italiana has launched in the U.S. and we are proud to support this new and noble endeavor.

CAMPAGNA FINANZIATA AI SENSI DEL REG. UE N. 1308/2013
CAMPAIGN FINANCED ACCORDING TO EU REG. N. 1308/2013

Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG Cartizze La Rivetta wins Gambero Rosso top prize for 10 consecutive years

We are thrilled to share the news that Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG Cartizze La Rivetta has been awarded the Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) award by the editors of the Gambero Rosso Guide to the Wines of Italy for the tenth year in a row.

First published in the 1980s, the Gambero Rosso guide is Italy’s leading resource for wine reviews. Its “Tre Bicchieri” or three glasses ranking is based on a very simple concept: If you like a wine, you’ll enjoy a glass of it; if you really like it, you’ll have two glasses; and if you really love it you’ll have three glasses and finish the bottle (a bottle of wine has six glasses in it and since you always drink wine with at least one person, together, you’ll drink six glasses, three each).

The fact that the Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG Cartizze La Rivetta has won this prestigious and coveted award for 10 years in a row is testament to Villa Sandi’s commitment to quality. It’s also a reflection of what a special growing site La Rivetta is — a top cru within the most coveted growing area for Prosecco DOCG (Cartizze).

You’ll be able to taste Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG Cartizze La Rivetta next spring at the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tastings in the U.S. Stay tuned for dates. We hope to see you there!

CAMPAGNA FINANZIATA AI SENSI DEL REG. UE N. 1308/2013
CAMPAIGN FINANCED ACCORDING TO EU REG. N. 1308/2013

When it comes time to shop for holiday wines, the G in Prosecco DOCG really matters

Fall is finally here and it’s that time of year when a lot of you will begin your holiday wine shopping. With Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas not far off, the wine lovers among you — and we assume you’re a wine lover if you’re here! — will be visiting your favorite wine retailers and selecting some of the best bottles you’ll be pouring all year. After all, what’s the holiday season if not a time to open top wines with friends and loved ones?

When it comes to your sparkling wine picks, there will surely be some a lot of Prosecco! And that’s where the G in Prosecco DOCG comes in. If you want to ensure that you’re buying the best Prosecco in your market, be sure to look for that DOCG designation.

Here’s why.

DOCG stands for denominazione di origine controllata e garantita or designation of controlled and guaranteed origin. It’s the highest classification in the Italian appellation system and it’s followed by denominazione di origine controllata or designation of controlled (without the guaranteed).

In the case of the Prosecco DOCG, the G denotes that all the fruit used to produce the wines has been grown in hillside vineyards in the three townships authorized to use the higher designation.

One of the guiding lights of our philosophy at Villa Sandi is that freshness is key to great Prosecco. And it’s that hillside fruit, which benefits from the hills’ natural ventilation and even exposure, that gives wines like our Prosecco DOCG Cartizze Vigna La Rivetta its signature clean and super fresh nose.

So when holiday wine shopping this season, be sure to look for the G and enjoy the best in premium Prosecco DOCG.

CAMPAGNA FINANZIATA AI SENSI DEL REG. UE N. 1308/2013
CAMPAIGN FINANCED ACCORDING TO EU REG. N. 1308/2013

Wine Spectator features Prosecco DOCG and Villa Sandi

“Villa Sandi,” writes Wine Spectator editor Alison Napjus in the October issue of the magazine, “has enjoyed success in the U.S. with its Superiore di Cartizze Vigna La Rivetta, which retails for about $50, selling roughly one-third of the annual 1,200-case production in the U.S.

“‘If we have such good sales of Cartizze,’ says Flavio Geretto, export manager for Villa Sandi, ‘it means there is the possibility of premium Prosecco in the U.S.'”

Not only is Villa Sandi one of the featured wineries in her piece, she also recommends one of Villa Sandi’s wines, one of the Prosecco most highly rated by the magazine’s tasting staff.

Click here for the complete article (subscribers only).

CAMPAGNA FINANZIATA AI SENSI DEL REG. UE N. 1308/2013
CAMPAIGN FINANCED ACCORDING TO EU REG. N. 1308/2013

Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG on top of the world at Bar 54 in New York City

One of the most rewarding things about our work here at Villa Sandi is knowing that people are enjoying our wines.

And nothing could be more rewarding than knowing that they are enjoying our wines on top of the world — literally.

Villa Sandi international export director Flavio Geretto is currently in New York visiting clients, conducting master classes, and meeting with the estate’s American importer Folio (congratulations to Flavio for his recent promotion to international export director!).

Despite his busy schedule while in the City that Never Sleeps, he always has time for a glass of Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG at Bar 54 at the Hyatt Centric in Times Square (so-called because it’s on the hotel’s 54th floor). That’s the view from the rooftop restaurant, bar, and lounge (above), one of the city’s leading destinations for fine dining and fine wine. And man, what a view!

New York City has always been one of the world’s greatest destinations for fine wine and today, perhaps more than ever, the Big Apple is a number-one city in the United States where wine lovers travel expressly to taste premier wines like those of Villa Sandi.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that Bar 54 currently serves Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG by-the-glass. It’s the very first entry on their wine list. Check it out here. And when in Manhattan, be sure to reserve at Bar 54 because it’s one of the city’s most popular venues.

CAMPAGNA FINANZIATA AI SENSI DEL REG. UE N. 1308/2013
CAMPAIGN FINANCED ACCORDING TO EU REG. N. 1308/2013

Villa Sandi brings home gold at top tasting: Prosecco Masters

We are pleased to share the news that the Villa Sandi Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut Millesimato was awarded the GOLD prize (in the £10-15 category) at “the drinks business Prosecco Masters tasting 2019.”

Chaired by Master of Wine Jonathan Pedley, the panel of tasters for this extraordinary annual event is composed nearly entirely by Masters of Wine: Nick Tatham MW, Alex Canetti, Patrick Schmitt MW, Patricia Stefanowicz MW, David Round MW, Simon Field MW.

It’s a highly serious affair where the panelists taste and evaluate the wines using a highly selective set of criteria. Many wine industry observers consider it the benchmark for Prosecco tastings throughout the year.

According to the organizers of the competition: “The drinks business Prosecco Masters, now in its sixth year, is a competition exclusively for the Italian sparkling wine. This year’s event saw more than 100 entries judged blind by a panel of highly experienced tasters. The best wines were awarded medals that ranged from Bronze through to Gold.”

We couldn’t be more thrilled with the result — from the number Prosecco tasting in the world!

CAMPAGNA FINANZIATA AI SENSI DEL REG. UE N. 1308/2013
CAMPAIGN FINANCED ACCORDING TO EU REG. N. 1308/2013