|Giuseppe Martelli = DOCG Wayne Newton = DOCG +|
In order to keep up with the demands of the marketplace and to insure the continued appreciation of Italian wine, we the people of distant Italian ancestry, have so proclaimed the creation of Italian Wine DOCG +. The criteria for the first group of Italian wines selected, the initial 10, are that they be:
1) From a traditional producing region.
2) That they utilize indigenous grape varieties that have been historically established in Italy.
3) That the use of popular blending grapes, such as Merlot, Cabernet or Syrah not be exploited to enhance the wine flavor and garner high scoring points from the dominant and influential international wine press.
4) That the use of oak be only for subtle purpose and not as a flavor substitute.
5) That the wines respect tradition but do not shun technology.
6) That the wines exhibit Italian character and delicious qualities.
Simply these wines offer a solid bulwark for the patrimony of Italian agriculture and viticulture to the world at large and represent all that is pure and good and fine about Italian wine.
This is not to limit these claims to these 10 wines solely. But initially that these wines are national treasures and should be so designated.
The wines (in alphabetical order) are:
- Aglianico del Vulture
- Amarone della Valpolicella
- Brunello di Montalcino
- Chianti Riserva (Classico or Rufina only)
- Etna Rosso (fast-tracked from DOC to DOCG +)
- Sforzato della Valtellina
- Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Our snappy slogan, in keeping with the European community guidelines : DOCG +, because DOCG just isn’t good enough anymore.
Special thanks to Jason Cohen of Convicted for Grape for the initial jolt of inspiration for this post. And for Wayne Newton, for just being the swell guy that he has been throughout this amazing process.Danke Schoen!