Ca Del Bosco Franciacorta Wine Tasting at WWWB

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 07:30 PM

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"I have enjoyed great health at a great age because every day since I can remember I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles."  If I didn’t say that- I am now-A.L.

 

And you need to get your Methode Champenoise sparkling wines or Franciacorta as they call it in Italy as they have just discovered scientific evidence that Champagne and other sparkling wines made using this method of production are good for your cognitive functions.  Check out the science behind this and one of Italy’s top producers of this wonderful elixir known as Franciacorta next Thursday night at the wine bar as we welcome Vittoro Marzotto from Ca Del Bosco to South Florida to show the entire line-up from this outstanding producer along with a special tasting menu prepared by Toni Lampasone.  This is a seated event and is limited to 16 tasters, the fee for this tasting is $65 + tax for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com

 

Ca Del Bosco Franciacorta Wine Tasting at WWWB with special guest Vittorio Marzotto
Thursday, August 24th
7:30pm

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2013  Ca Del Bosco Curtefranca Chardonnay
Price: $90.00    Sale $79.20    Case $918

 

Curtefranca Bianco is obtained from grapes from 18 vineyards whose aspects, clones and ages succeed in bringing out all the magic of a white wine in the Ca’ del Bosco style. A perfect pairing – the fruit fragrance of Chardonnay and the elegance of Pinot Bianco. True to the Metodo Ca’ del Bosco, the grapes are picked in small cases and then quickly selected and chilled. Each bunch is selected by experienced cellar staff before visiting our “berry spa”, an exclusive air-bubble bunch-washing system that incorporates three soaking vats and a drying tunnel. Vinification is exclusively in temperature-controlled steel tanks at a temperature of 18-20 °C. After maturing for a period of about six months, the wine is bottled naturally by gravity flow. Innovative bottling systems ensure that the wine is not subjected to oxidative stress or disturbance, and that no further sulphites are added. Integrity and healthfulness are guaranteed. Finally, every bottle is given an individual marking to ensure its traceability.

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2011 Ca Del Bosco Pinero
Price: $90.00    Sale $79.20    Case $918

Pinot Nero is the bane and delight of the greatest grape growers in the world: hard to cultivate, it needs special care and is a rarity expressing all its greatness only in certain places in certain years. Ca’ del Bosco took up the challenge and since 1983 has been making this world-class Pinot Nero, a synthesis of the terroir’s extraordinary vocation. The result is a true and truly seductive wine with characteristic bouquet hinting at red currant, blueberry, blackberry and raspberry. Mellow in taste, elegant and complex, and extraordinarily persistent.

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Ca Del Bosco Cuvee Prestige
Price: $34.50    Sale $30.36    Case $352

A virtue found in the etymology of an ancient word: idem, or being the same. Cuvée Prestige, the essence of Franciacorta, Ca' del Bosco style. A jewel created in 2007 from thirty year's experience. Only the finest Chardonnay (75%), Pinot Nero (15%) and Pinot Bianco (10%) grapes from 134 vineyards, vinified separately and skillfully blended with reserves of the finest vintages (at least 20%) go into the magical rite of Cuvée creation. It will take 28 months of refinement on yeasts before this wine is ready to express all its richness and identity. A classic, well-balanced Franciacorta, pleasantly fresh and crisp. Perfect for any occasion

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Ca Del Bosco Cuvee Prestige Rose
Price: $57.75    Sale $50.82    Case $590

(90 Points) The NV Cuvee Prestige Rose is a surprisingly rich, textured wine. It reveals gorgeous depth in its expansive fruit and a striking personality. The finish shows quite a bit of vinosity and weight. This is a terrific effort from Ca’ del Bosco, but readers should recognize the Rose is far from an easygoing aperitif wine. The Wine Advocate

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2012 Ca Del Bosco Vintage Collection Brut
Price: $71.25    Sale $62.70    Case $727

Among the Franciacortas from Ca' del Bosco this is the one that best expresses the character of the territory and the particularities that each year brings. Weather always writes unpredictable stories and their finales are the products of love between man and earth. Since 1978 the Vintage Collection Brut has been made solely in the finest years. The result of careful vinification but above all of lengthy refinement that enhances its characteristics: four years of aging on yeasts. A unique Franciacorta, structured, full-bodied, intense and persistent. A wine for big occasions, and especially fine with haute cuisine seafood.

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2012 Ca Del Bosco Vintage Collection Zero Dosage
Price: $71.25    Sale $62.70    Case $727

Like the harmonious notes of a complex orchestral score, every stage of production has to be perfectly timed. Vintage Collection Dosage Zéro has no added liqueur d'expédition (the dosing syrup added in minimal amounts to the other Franciacortas during degorging). A pure, sincere Franciacorta, fruit of the finest expression of its extraordinary terroir and of the man who intuited its character and potential. Destined for the connoisseurs who love this style. An excellent aperitif, the optimal match for shellfish and raw fish.

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2009 Ca Del Bosco Vintage Collection Saten
Price: $71.25    Sale $62.70    Case $727

Smooth, luxurious, ripe, soft, rounded. Evokes the enchanting sensuality of the woman of one's heart. One of those wines that thrill the senses. Satèn, with the femininity and elegance of silk, is a special interpretation of a Franciacorta: a felicitous marriage of white grapes only. And a little secret: during tirage, when sugars and yeasts are added to initiate second fermentation in the bottle, Satèn is given less sugar. Finally, lengthy refinement enhances gentle elegance in every single bottle. Delicious as an aperitif and excellent as a conversation wine.

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2007 Ca Del Bosco Annamaria Clementi Franciacorta
Price: $89.00    Sale $78.32    Case $908

(95 points) Here’s proof that Italian wine is more varied and versatile than any other wine nation in the world. The 2007 Franciacorta Cuvee Annamaria Clementi Extra Brut Riserva is a stunning achievement that offers sophistication, complexity and endurance. The bouquet delivers a choreographed dance of stone fruit, Golden Delicious apple, honey, baked bread, light spice and toasted almond. In the mouth, the wine is generous and rich with bright effervescence that keeps the palate refreshed and satisfied. This is indeed a beautiful creation. The blend is 55% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Bianco and 20% Pinot Nero. It is fermented in small oak barrel. 95+ (May 2017) Wine Advocate

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Menu

Caviar stuffed baby Yukon gold potatoes with crème fraiche, chive & Spanish onion
Seared Ingrid Sea Scallop with Creamy Grits, finished with peach-Ginger glaze
Mango BBQ shrimp with crunchy jicama-green mango-strawberry salad
Roasted Veal Marrow with Lemon Parsley Mirapoix & Brioche Toast

 

The fee for this tasting is $65 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com

 

There are moments without words that only sensations can define, feelings that reach the heart and become the rapture, joy and beauty of a moment to be treasured deep inside. The art of wine is one such moment, a masterpiece created by the talent that few possess, in which dedication and ability blend in a magical, mystical marriage with nature. The infinite in a single drop, fruit of a slow, devoted and meticulous passion. People, like territories, have a vocation. And so it was that a fifteen-year-old boy had a lightning intuition of what life could be like pursuing it. The meeting between young Maurizio Zanella and gentle Franciacorta, when his mother moved to Erbusco and planted the first vineyard, was the initial contact with what would be the love of his life. But it was after a trip to Champagne, to the famous maisons whose wine had always fascinated and inspired him, that Maurizio returned with the unshakable idea of making something similar. What was once a house in a chestnut wood became one of the most trailblazing wineries in Italy. Since then a single principle has been defining the essence of Ca' del Bosco: the quest for excellence.

What is the meaning of a fairytale nowadays? A fairytale is a page of ageless time, a story savored in little sips, whose characters are born from bold visions, from an idea as sure and straight as a row of vines, as clear as a dream of blown green glass. The meaning of a fairytale lies in imagination, in the skill of those who write and tell it, of those who complete it, adding a new chapter every day. The enchanting Ca' del Bosco story began in the mid-1960s when, in Erbusco, Franciacorta, Annamaria Clementi Zanella bought a little house on a hill, locally known as "Ca' del bosc" and surrounded by dense chestnut woods. The Ca' del Bosco fairytale is written in its wines, in the extensive weave of its vineyards, in the success dreamt of, desired and achieved by its author. Maurizio Zanella saw in Franciacorta the land that would generate the finest fruits, both in still wines and in premium bubblies: his winery was the first and best expression of the qualitative potential of this wine territory. A position reached thanks to the enthusiasm and passion of Maurizio Zanella who in the early 1970s became conscious of and followed his artistic vocation, becoming a leader in the Italian wine renaissance and turning a house in a chestnut wood into a vanguard winery. The splendid Ca' del Bosco tales began from this: from a dream, a fairytale born to last through time.

Often a name is the playful result of a flight of fancy, at other times it simply derives from a métier or an art. Rarely does a name conceal a destiny and when it does this is astonishing. The origins of the name Franciacorta are amiably bandied about in anecdotes and tales, ancient annals and folklore.But it is from Franzacurta (deriving from the Latin franchae curtes, a region exempt from paying tribute) that it took its present-day name. What counts most, however, are its roots, remote in time. Credentials earned through longstanding wine traditions, the strength of ideas, enterprising farmers and bold entrepreneurs.  One of the first regions to get D.O.C. status, in long-ago 1967.

Franciacorta quickly gained renown for the products of its land and the commitment shown by everyone investing resources and ideas in quality enology. New energies, new impetus, new enthusiasm. New generations, impassioned and innovative, drawn by the great international success that these splendid bubblies have obtained.

In 1995 Franciacorta was given D.O.C.G. (Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed) status, a significant testimonial to its winemakers' continuing commitment to excellent work and to further improving the quality of Franciacorta wines. Because saying Franciacorta today means proudly and confidently declaring a great love for wine and for the cultivation and culture of a dream, a mark of destiny.

"Well yes, it's high time it was said. The success of Franciacorta is mainly due to that boy's efforts. He threw himself into it with a raging desire for the best, for meticulous selection, for quality to extremes". Luigi Veronelli writing about Maurizio Zanella in an article appearing in the Corriere della Sera on March 12, 2000.

 Like many pioneers, taking their own roads with the clarity of their inner dreams and a burning desire to fulfill them, that young man, too, was following a personal intuition. In 1979 Maurizio Zanella planted the first five rows of vineyard having 10,000 vines per hectare (2.5 acres) and in Franciacorta initiated a type of grape-growing at the time considered rash and revolutionary: very dense, with minimal distance between the vines and extreme selectiveness. And this was only the beginning of a route that Franciacorta then ambitiously undertook: distinguishing itself with the severest production regulations in terms of selectivity and qualitative rules. In addition there was Ca' del Bosco's fervent desire, right from the start, to make not only bubblies from its 370 acres of vineyards in Franciacorta but also still reds and whites. The decision to undertake this project in a territory fairly new to wine made it possible to choose the finest hillside properties, and Ca' del Bosco now has vineyards more than 40 years old. It was also decided to separately vinify the grapes from different vineyards, thereby respecting the different terroirs, and to blend the wines only in the final refining stage. The territory's natural wine vocation gives each grape variety its highest expression. And to respectfully protect this vocation, Ca' del Bosco vineyards are tended with methods having very low environmental impact, with minimal fertilization and strictly of the organic type.

 

A great Deal on Franciacorta!
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2009 Lo Sparviere Franciacorta Brut
Price: $27.75    Sale Price: $15.00
Quantity in Stock: 54

Franciacorta Extra Brut is produced exclusively from Chardonnay grown in the Bobani and Brolo vineyards. Both are south-facing, with the first located in Provaglio d’Iseo and the second in Monticelli Brusati. A perfect marriage of these two terroirs yields an elegant, beautifully-balanced wine that is fashioned to last many years. Annual production around 10,000 bottles, with a sur lie maturation for a minimum of 60 months.

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2008 Lo Sparviere Millesimato Brut Franciacorta Magnum 1.5L
Price: $59.00    Sale Price: $37.50
Quantity in Stock: 31

Lo Sparviere Franciacorta Brut Millesimato (vintage-dated) is produced exclusively from Chardonnay grapes grown in Lo Sparviere’s historic estate vineyards in the communes of Monticelli and Provaglio d'Iseo. Its clay-silt soils impart a pronounced minerality, resulting in a wine that exhibits an admirable marriage of complexity and elegance, with a crisp, dry palate that shows fine fruit and earthy mineral. Annual production around 20,000 bottles, with a sur lie maturation for a minimum of 48 months.

 

Champagne/Franciacorta and your Brain
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New research shows that drinking one to three glasses of champagne a week may counteract the memory loss associated with ageing, and could help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia.

Scientists at the University of Reading have shown that the phenolic compounds found in champagne can improve spatial memory, which is responsible for recording information about one's environment, and storing the information for future navigation.

The compounds work by modulating signals in the hippocampus and cortex, which control memory and learning. The compounds were found to favourably alter a number of proteins linked to the effective storage of memories in the brain.  Many of these are known to be depleted with age, making memory storage less efficient, and leading to poorer memory in old age and conditions such as dementia.  Champagne slows these loses and therefore may help prevent the cognitive losses that occur during typical and atypical brain ageing.

Champagne has relatively high levels of phenolics compared to white wine, deriving predominantly from the two red grapes, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which are used in its production along with the white grape Chardonnay.  It is these phenolic compounds which are believed to be responsible for the beneficial effects of champagne on the brain.

Professor Jeremy Spencer, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, said: "These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory.  Such observations have previously been reported with red wine, through the actions of flavonoids contained within it.

"However, our research shows that champagne, which lacks flavonoids, is also capable of influencing brain function through the actions of smaller phenolic compounds, previously thought to lack biological activity. We encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, and our results suggest that a very low intake of one to two glasses a week can be effective."

Dr. David Vauzour, the researcher on the study, added: "in the near future we will be looking to translate these findings into humans.  This has been achieved successfully with other polyphenol-rich foods, such as blueberry and cocoa, and we predict similar outcomes for moderate Champagne intake on cognition in humans."  

Previous research from the University of Reading revealed that two glasses of champagne a day may be good for your heart and circulation and could reduce the risks of suffering from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The paper is published in Antioxidants and Redox Signalling.
ENDS

For all media enquiries please contact Alex Brannen 07834 006 243 or James Barr 07788 714376
Notes for editors:
The University of Reading is ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world (THE World University Rankings 2012) and is one of the UK's top research-intensive universities
The Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences is the largest University department of its kind in the UK, combining state of the art teaching facilities, clinical nutrition unit, labs and the largest pilot processing plant in the UK. The Department is internationally recognised for the quality of its research and enjoys a high public profile both domestically and internationally.

The department continues to work with the food industry over a wide range of industrially funded research projects and contracts under our Food Chain and Health research theme. This includes one-to-one funding from multi-national companies through to small and medium sized enterprises.

 

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