Sunday, August 23, 2009
Sometimes a backlog builds up at Ciambellina. This is one of those instances.
We drank the bottle you see above quite a while ago, after Il Nostro Inviato was in Milan and visited a wine shop that sold vino sfuso.
Vino sfuso is bulk wine that has not been pasteurized so it does not participate in Italy's wine certification system (DOC and DOCG, for example).
This is not quite what you'd find in your everyday wine shop! And I highly recommend it!
We quite like after dinner drinks, as you may have surmised from my tales of drinking carafes of vin santo in Siena.
But generally what I want is something that's like wine, not a shot of Jagermeister! This bottle of Viognier really hit the spot.
The wine shop in Milan where he bought the vino sfuso -- La Vineria -- is on Via Casale in the Navigli section of Milan, which is a cool, gentrifying area of the city that's centered around an old canal.
The wine shop, which vigorously defends bulk wine and calls pasteurization and other standard wine processes unsafe, has received attention from lots of magazines in Italy. You can visit the shop's Web site here http://www.la-vineria.it
You won't need to buy bulk wine to try Viognier. For example, the Viognier grape shows up in traditional bottled wines in the Northern Rhone region of France.
So get out there and try it!