Cards of Wine

Vespolina (Italy)

Vespolina is a red indigenous grape of Piemonte, Italy.

DNA tests show that Vespolina and Nebbiolo grapes are relatives.

Typical Flavors


Strawberry
Strawberry
Cherry
Cherry
Red Currant
Currant
Cranberry
Cranberry

Rose
Roses
Violets
Violets
Spices
Spices
Pepper
Pepper

Vespolina is a Fruity and Peppery red wine.

With flavors of Red Berries, Red Cherry, Cranberry, Rose Petal, and Violets.

Spices. Rosemary. White / Black Pepper. Balsamic Notes.

Profile

Vespolina wines are known to be high in fruit, acidity, tannins, and alcohol:

BODYMedium
TANNINSMedium - High
FRUITMedium - High
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
16-18°C (61-64°F)

Food Pairing


Pasta
Pasta
Ham
Ham
Sausages
Sausages
Rabbit
Rabbit
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Deer
Deer
Beef
Beef

Vespolina pairs best with Rich Food.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Cold Cuts. Ham.
Rich Pasta. Rich Risotto.
Stewed Meat. Rabbit.
Roasted Veal. Lamb Chops.
Beef. Game (Deer. Venison)

Cheese:
Blue Cheeses. Creamy Gorgonzola. Fondue.

Piemonte Specialities:
Cotechino Sausage.
Bagna Cauda (Dipping Sauce).
Bolliti Misti (Mixed Boiled Meat).
Paniscia (Creamy Risotto with Sausage and Beans).

If You Like Vespolina

You Might Also Like:

Barbera (Italy)
Cabernet Franc (France)
Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo (Italy)
Chianti (Italy)
Dolcetto (Italy)
Frappato (Italy)
Garnacha (Spain)
GSM Wines (France)
Rioja Crianza (Spain)
Teroldego (Italy)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About Vespolina

Vespolina is often used in blends together with Nebbiolo, Croatina and Uva Rara.

Monovarietal Vespolina is becoming popular and it reminds of Pinot Noir with extra fruit and pepper.

The chemical composition of Vespolina shows an aromatic molecule called Rotundone, responsible for its peppery aroma which is also typical of Syrah/Shiraz wines.

Piemonte (Piedmont)

Piemonte has been an important wine province since Roman times. The area is influenced both culturally and climatically by the Alps in the north, and the Ligurian coast in the south.

Piemonte

Nebbiolo (the power of the Barolo and Barbaresco) is the most famous grape of Piemonte, followed by the red grapes Barbera and Dolcetto.

For whites, Cortese and Arneis are the most popular grapes.

For dessert, the off-dry, sparkling Moscato d'Asti is the queen.

The most important wine regions are:

  • Asti (Barbera d'Asti)
  • Langhe (Nebbiolo, Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera di Alba, Dolcetto, Roero)
  • Monferrato (Barbera del Monferrat, Nizza, Cortese di Gavi)
  • North (Gattinara, Ghemme)

Piemonte has 17 DOCG regions: