Category: Villa Sandi

Thank you Folio

Before we get back to the business of blogging about Veneto culture and what makes Prosecco DOCG so great, we would like to to take a moment out to thank Folio Fine Wine Partners, our U.S. importer. That’s the Tri-State Folio team, above, at the New York Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tasting last week (the event’s 30th anniversary). At each one of the recent … Read More Thank you Folio

Villa Sandi pours Prosecco Cartizze La Rivetta at Gambero Rosso Chicago

Not only did tasters get the opportunity to taste Villa Sandi’s Prosecco Cartizze Vigna La Rivetta DOCG at yesterday’s Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tasting in Chicago, but they were also offered a complimentary glass of the estates Prosecco “Il Fresco” as they arrived at the venue. And then, when they stepped on to the elevator that took them up to walk-around tasting, their eyes … Read More Villa Sandi pours Prosecco Cartizze La Rivetta at Gambero Rosso Chicago

Villa Sandi Cartizze Vigna la Rivetta at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago (Torali Italian Steak)

In a city like Chicago, renowned for its steak and myriad classic steakhouses, it’s not easy to stand out from the crowded field of red meat venues. But when you’re Italian, the whole equation changes. One of the places we’re looking forward to experiencing when Villa Sandi visits the Windy City for the Gambero Rosso tasting next week (Wednesday, February 27; click here for … Read More Villa Sandi Cartizze Vigna la Rivetta at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago (Torali Italian Steak)

The Carnival of Venice begins tomorrow! What’s the origin of the name “carnevale”?

The Carnival of Venice begins tomorrow! Click here for more info on events and travel resources etc. The following is a piece by our blog master, Jeremy Parzen, a scholar of Italian literature specialized in the history of the Italian language. Enjoy! No one knows the true origins of the Carnevale of Venice. We do know that the festival began in the high middle … Read More The Carnival of Venice begins tomorrow! What’s the origin of the name “carnevale”?

“Top-Class Prosecco.” Will Lyons (Times) recommends Villa Sandi for Valentine’s Day

“The trick to really enjoying Valentine’s Day: do it yourself,” writes Will Lyons for the London Sunday Times (February 10, 2019). “Stay in, tackle that ambitious recipe you’ve had your eye on since January and share a bottle of something special. There are plenty of options. I’m thinking of a gentle glass of Prosecco, produced in the shadow of Venice.” “If there’s one night … Read More “Top-Class Prosecco.” Will Lyons (Times) recommends Villa Sandi for Valentine’s Day

Carnevale: The famous Carnival of Venice, February 16-March 5

The annual Carnevale di Venezia (Carnival of Venice) takes place this year from February 16 through martedì grasso (Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras) on March 5. CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE, including information on ticket sales, events, and travel tips. The Carnevale di Venezia is an ancient tradition that stretches back to the Middle Ages when the city of Venice was first founded. … Read More Carnevale: The famous Carnival of Venice, February 16-March 5

Valdobbiadene: Origin and meaning of the name (the first in a series of posts on the history of Prosecco)

Above: The village of Valdobbiadene can trace its history back to the High Middle Ages. One of the earliest mentions of the village of Valdobbiadene (VAL-doh-BEE’AH-deh-neh) can be found in the History of the Lombards (also know as the History of the Langobards or Historia Langobardorum), a work probably penned in Italy during the 8th century C.E. Its author refers to the village as … Read More Valdobbiadene: Origin and meaning of the name (the first in a series of posts on the history of Prosecco)

Where to drink Villa Sandi: Osteria Mamma (Los Angeles)

Above: Osteria Mamma owner Filippo Cortivo. The menu at his popular Hollywood restaurant is a homage to his mother, whose cooking inspired him to go into the restaurant business. “When it comes to a lot of Proseccos,” said Los Angeles-based restaurateur Filippo Cortivo when the Villa Sandi USA blog spoke to him by phone yesterday, “you generally just drink one glass and move on. … Read More Where to drink Villa Sandi: Osteria Mamma (Los Angeles)

EU proposes compromise on Australian “Prosecco” labeling rights

In August of last year, Italy’s agricultural ministry contacted its counterpart in Australia and expressed its interest in protecting naming rights for Prosecco DOCG and Prosecco DOC wines throughout the world. For years now, Australia grape growers and winemakers have labeled sparkling wines as “Prosecco” despite the fact Prosecco originated in Italy and is protected by European Union trademark laws. But because Australia is … Read More EU proposes compromise on Australian “Prosecco” labeling rights

In an interview with Slow Food UK, Giancarlo Moretti Polegato explains Villa Sandi’s unique vinification approach

“Villa Sandi relies on a special production technique to get the very best Prosecco,” said owner Giancarlo Moretti Polegato (above) in a recent interview with Slow Food UK. To enhance and preserve freshness, floral and fruity aromas of Prosecco, our winemakers chill the must and store it. For any sparkling production, they start the sparkling process from the chilled must instead of starting it … Read More In an interview with Slow Food UK, Giancarlo Moretti Polegato explains Villa Sandi’s unique vinification approach

91 points Decanter: “excellent purity of flavor… a cerebral approach to Prosecco.”

The stony soils of Asolo township are ideal for the production of minerality-driven Prosecco with freshness and intense fruit flavors. Villa Sandi’s Asolo vineyards are Biodiversity Friend certified, meaning that farming practices encourage biodiversity, wild life, and wild flowers and plants among the rows. Note the grasses growing between the vines here. Villa Sandi NV Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG 91 points Prosecco Asolo is … Read More 91 points Decanter: “excellent purity of flavor… a cerebral approach to Prosecco.”

90 points Robert Parker for Villa Sandi Cartizze: “Soft, luscious sparkler” (Monica Larner)

The slopes of the Cartizze cru in the Prosecco DOCG (above) are so steep that they have to be worked by hand. Villa Sandi makes its Prosecco DOCG Cartizze using fruit sourced from its own rows in the designation together with grapes it obtains thanks to its longstanding, generational relationships with family growers there. Here’s what Monica Larner had to say about Villa Sandi’s … Read More 90 points Robert Parker for Villa Sandi Cartizze: “Soft, luscious sparkler” (Monica Larner)