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Claudio's Column

Claudio Ponte
March 10, 2021 | Claudio Ponte

Building BOTTAIA Winery

Ever since we build Bottaia Winery many Wine Club members have asked me to tell them the story of the winery. As I finished writing it, I realized that in fact, I had written an abridged manual with rules and lessons on how to build a winery. In other words, this blog can be seen two ways: For the curious, plenty of background on our original thinking about Bottaia and how we achieved it. And second, for those looking to enter the incredibly risky wine business, a manual “…for Dummies”, with some hard-earned lessons. Enjoy the reading and feel free to contact us if you have questions or comments…  Continue »

Learn Italian (Varietals)... with BOTTAIA

Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Learn Italian (Varietals)... Montepulciano

Italian varietals bring so much to the table and we feature them in our wines—both as single varietals and in our proprietary blends. In this installation of an ongoing series, join us as we delve into the nuances behind a selection of Italian grapes (“uva” in Italiano), grown at our property in the Temecula Valley AVA. Our 2017 Estate Montepulciano showcases true depth and balance. Aged in new oak barrels to capture the intensity of the varietal, this wine will continue to develop as time passes. Mediumbodied with a long, smooth finish, it’s become a favorite for those who enjoy Merlot and Bordeaux Blends. Traditionally grown in Italy, Montepulciano thrives right here in the Temecula Valley. The terroir (taste of a place) highlights the potential of this grape, offering up lush, fruit-driven wines. Read on to learn a bit about the Montepulciano grape. . . andiamo!  Continue »

Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Learn Italian (Varietals)... Vermentino

Spring is in the air, so let’s take a look at our 2017 Estate Vermentino. A light-skinned grape found primarily in Liguria and Sardinia, Italy, Vermentino (vur-men-teeno) yields wines that are light, refreshing, and aromatic.  Continue »

Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro

Learn Italian (Varietals)... Dolcetto

This time around let’s take a look at our 2014 Estate Dolcetto. In Italian, Dolcetto means little sweet one, but don’t let the name fool you—this wine is not sweet.  Continue »