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Vic Rallo & Axel Heinz at the 2014 NJ Wine & Food Fest

Vic Rallo, Axel Heinz of Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia and Tony Verdoni talk about wine, food, and Italian culture at the NJ Wine & Food Fest! From the estate to the grapes, learn more about what makes the wines of Ornellaia something truly unique. Look for more videos from the NJ Wine and Food Fest panel coming soon!

Consorzio di Prosciutto San Daniele

Filming Eat! Drink! Italy! Season 2: Consorzio di Prosciutto San Daniele

Yesterday we visited the Consorzio di Prosciutto San Daniele in San Daniele di Friuli. Daniela the marketing manager for the Consorzio walked me through the process of curing prosciutto. After filming we went to the center of San Daniele and ate a plate of Prosciutto with fresh figs, melone, and mozzarella di Bufala and drank a few bottles of Livio Felluga 2012 Friulano!!!!
La Forza Friuli,

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Fattoria di Magliano

Fattoria di Magliano – The Maremma in Tuscany

On Saturday October 20, 2012 on the way to Fiumicino airport in Rome, we stopped at my friend Agostino Lenci’s winery and Agriturismo in Magliano, a coastal Tuscan town that is part of one of the up-and-coming wine regions of Italy. The property sits ten kilometers from the sea, and to put you right there: everyone remembers the Costa Concordia ship that sank off the coast of Tuscany near Giglio Island? Well you can see it glimmer from Fattoria di Magliano.

This is a relatively new winery that is making some exceptional, well-priced wines in the Tuscan wine region near Grosseto. The wines are as impressive as they are the beautiful, and equal in beauty to the old farmhouse that Agostino and his wife have restored into the wineries restaurant and Agriturismo. It is wonderful place to relax, eat, and enjoy the gorgeous beaches of coastal Tuscany. This place should be a must on your bucket list.

A few kilometers from the sea surrounded by unspoiled countryside, Fattoria di Magliano lies in the middle of a vast agricultural estate deep in the famous Maremma area of Tuscany where some of the most famous Italian wines are produced.

Founded in 1997 by former shoemaker Agostino Lenci, Fattoria di Magliano began building a modern wine making facility, concentrating on producing wines of the highest quality. Planting of the vineyards in the medium-consistency, skeletal-rich soil typical of the Maremma, began in 1998 under the supervision of the agronomist Valerio Barbieri. The heart and soul of the farm are located on 91 hectares of land in the heart of the Maremma. At present, there are 45 hectares of vineyards, 12 of which are Sangiovese, 12 Merlot, 7 Cabernet, 3 Syrah and 4 Vermentino Vionnier. A program is already underway to extend the vineyard area to 60 hectares. There are 6,400 vines per hectare and they are cultivated with the bilateral cordon system.

The Fattoria di Magliano cellar was completed in 2001, the year the first wine was made. The cellar covers an area of approximately 1,500 square meters on two levels, one of which is underground. The vinification and storage rooms are on the lower floor where there are 32 steel baths with a capacity of 2,720 hectolitres, and two temperature controlled barrique cellars, each with an area of approximately 250 square meters. The tasting room, bottling rooms and the rooms where the company’s wine is aged in bottles are on the floor above.
Fattoria di Magliano currently produces a DOC wine – Morellino di Scansano – and two IGT Maremma Toscana wines – a white from Vermentino grapes, and a red from Cabernet and Merlot grapes. Production is supervised by oenologist, Graziana Grassini who is also a consulting wine maker at Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia.
I have attached some pictures of our filming at Fattoria di Magliano.


Interview with Axel Heinz of Ornelaia

Victor Rallo talks with winemaker of Ornelaia, Axel Heinz at the recent tasting of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 of Ornelaia Bogheri Superiore in New York City. Learn how Axel chooses to harvest his grapes at the perfect time, what to expect for the 2009 and 2011 vintages, and how Ornelaia works with the heat during grape growing in Bolgheri.

Tasca d’Almerita Rosso del Conte Vertical Perspective

With Giuseppe Tasca d’Almerita

New York Vintners, 21 Warren Street, New York City
February 25, 2012

On February 25, a rainy  day and a ferry ride to Manhattan would take me to New York Vintners on Warren Street in lower Manhattan for a vertical tasting from Italian Winery of the year, Tasca d’Almerita. The tasting would consist of seven vintages of Rosso del Conte 1979, 89, 98, 01, 04, 06,07.

This Sicilian winery dates back to 1830, and Giuseppe Tasca is the 7th generation running the family business. The first bottling of red wine was 1959, and the first bottling of Rosso del Conte was 1970. This wine was named after his grandfather The Count Tasca d’Almerita. This was the wine he liked to drink and he did not care much if anyone else liked the wine. Today Rosso del Conte is regarded as one of the best wines of Sicily and one of the great wines of Italy.

The wine is always made from grapes grown in the single vineyard called “San Lucio.” All of the varieties grown in San Lucio are cultivated in the alberello method which are grapes grown in little bushes. This method is often used in Sicily as the bush protects the grapes from the sun as the grapes sit under the leaves and also protects the grapes from the hot Scirocco winds from Africa.


Nero d’Avola and 10% Perricone.
Very dry year, cold winter, mild spring and very warm summer
Fermentation in cement casks
Aging in chestnut casks
Bottled 1981
14.5 ABV

I love older vintages, they kind of get this dried fruit almost a Marsala effect. This wine still has lively tannins, great structure and still totally intact after 31 years. This wine is excellent and I think it may have a few years left. Giuseppe says there is a lot of bottle variation, as they did not have temperature controlled wine storage until 1982. You should definitely drink it now, and if you get lucky and get a bottle like we tasted today it is like winning the lottery.

Rallomatic Score 94


Nero d’Avola and 10% Perricone
Dry year, cold winter, cool spring, warm summer
Fermentation in cement casks
Aging in 60hl oak casks
Bottled 1991
14.5% ABV

Musty, barnyard in the nose with great color and structure. The wine is very well balanced and harmonious. I always say the best way to learn about wine is to do a vertical tasting. It is often very hard because it is difficult to gather the wines for a vertical, but with the internet it is absolutely possible. Smooth. Elegant and very drinkable. How I would love a braised piece of meat right about now.

Rallomatic Score 92



Nero d’Avola and 10% Perricone
Good rains early, cold winter, mild spring, very warm summer
Fermentation in temperature controlled vats
Aging 12 months in French oak 300 liter barrels, 50%new and 50% second use
Bottled 2000
13.5 % ABV

This wine is very soft and much lighter in style then the prior vintages. But softness with finesse and elegance. Don’t get me wrong, this my be one of my favorites so far as it’s drinking perfect today. Although it is not as powerful, it is delicious. Hints of blueberry a little super ripe dark fruit. Anticipated maturity 2012-2015.

Rallomatic Score 90.



Nero d’Avola and a few plants of Perricone
Rainy early, mild winter, rainy spring, warm summer
Fermentation in temperature controlled vats
Aging 12 months in French oak allier and troncaisand 300 liter tonneaux, 60% new oak 40% second passage
Bottled 2003
14% ABV

All of these wines have great color, this is no exception. The nose is closed but there are hints of greatness, but this wine is very difficult to judge but based on the other wines in the vertical, it should come alive and opened up already. This wine is asleep, it is dormant it has all the characteristics of a great wine but it will not show us today !!!!

Rallomatic score 89+ who knows? Not even Giuseppe.


Nero d’ Avola and a selection of Regaleali’s best grapes
Cold winter, rain during spring, cool and dry summer
Fermentation temperature controlled
18 months in 225 liter French oak barrels 100% new
bottled 2006

The color and clarity of this wine is excellent, the new oak is prevalent, a little to much for my palate. Even though I smell the oak on my tongue the wine is silky smooth and the tannins are balanced with the fruit. Beautiful hints of licorice, ripe blackberries and dark fruits maybe even plums. If I owned this wine I would let’s say 6 bottles I would drink 2 at my next party and one bottle every year there after. Gorgeous wine!!! Anticipated maturity 2014.

Rallomatic score 94



Nero d Avola 55%, Perricone 15%, international varieties 30%
Cold and rainy winter, long dry spring, short rainy summer
Fermentation in temperature controlled vats
Aging18 months in 100% new French oak Allier and Troncais
Bottled 2005
ABV 14%

A little deeper in color then the 2007 vintage, on the first smell I get musty wet leaves probably from the rainy spring. Smooth elegant tannins, with great dark fruit and that persistent long finish. In my estimation I would drink this wine a little sooner, anticipated maturity 2015. What I love about this wine is that you can drink it now. This wine is clearly an international wine as the international varieties have a definite presence.

Rallomatic score 94


Nero d’Avola 75%, Perricone 15%, International varieties 10%
Mild and dry winter, warm and rainy spring, long and temperate summer
Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel
Aging 18 months in French oak Allier and Troncais, 12 months in the bottle prior to release
13.5% ABV

Great ruby color on the first whiff wild strawberries, fresh little and sweet. Still very tannic and as young as a baby, as we might call it in the wine industry. The grapes are all hand picked and Giuseppe told me the tannins in this wine come completely from the skins. Very long persistent finish, this is how I gauge aging potential the longer the better. This wine will best drank at maturity between 2020-2025.

Rallomatic score 93 points.