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A Walch on the Wine Side

Elena Walch
Elena Walch

An architect by training, Elena Walch found her prince in a storybook castle. Actually, it was a castle she was helping to restore. The prince was Werner Walch whose family owned Castel Ringberg, an edifice built by the Hapsburg dynasty in 1620 located in the village of Tramin in Italy’s Alto Adige wine region. In addition to its rich history, the castle had expansive vineyards that at the time focused on quantity over quality.

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The castle is calling!

Elena traded her well honed skills for restoring historic buildings and set about renovating the Walch family vineyards including ripping out and replanting vines, despite having no formal training in viticulture. But architects have a vision for what can be, and cialis generique a talent to build. And build she did with an eye for greater things to come from her vineyards.

Karoline,  Julia and Elena Walch
Karoline, Julia and Elena Walch

Today Elena Walch Winery is considered a top estate in the region. Daughters Karoline and Julia now work side by side with their mother. Elena and Karoline shared the Walch family story, past, present and future with us December 14.

Karoline Walch
Karoline Walch and her sister are committed to Elena Walch Winery’s tradition of quality with a nod to contemporary winemaking.
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A Nobler Pinot Grigio- Visiting with Alto Adige’s Giovanni Bonmartini Fini

Summer is the perfect time for exploring the lighter side of wines, but often people think that this means wines that are less expressive and flavorful. Pinot Grigio gets that bad wrap probably more than any other varietal offering.

Enter Giovanni Bonmartini Fini, proprietor of Italy’s Barone Fini wines, a producer premium Pinot Grigio from Trentino/Alto Adige in Italy’s north, where arguably the best wines from this varietal are made.

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Giovanni Bonmartini Fini

“When I took over the company in 1997 after my uncle passed away, Pinot Grigio as a category had become dominated by cheap agro-industrial mass-produced wine that didn’t require, or warrant, much respect.” says Giovanni. “Our family, along with a few other like-minded producers, had seen this trend and set out to re-build the perception of what Pinot Grigio could be, and prove the potential of Italy’s most important white grape to make one of the world’s best, most versatile, and food friendly white wines.”

Cultivating vineyards has been a family business since 1497 when the two noble Venetian families of Bonmartini and Fini united in marriage and began producing wines in northeastern Italy. Today, the Bonmartini family, direct descendants of the Barone Finis, continue to manage this venerable property producing 150,000 cases per yer. In the U.S. Barone Fini wines are marketed by  Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, a company committed to working with family owned wineries around the world. Follow Barone Fini wines on Facebook .

 

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We discuss the good side of Pinot Grigio with one of its fiercest protectors and advocates on the Wednesday August 19th episode  of The Connected Table LIVE! Listen to this show  on iHeart radio.through www.iheart.com or the iHeart App.  Direct link: http://www.iheart.com/show/209-The-Connected-Table-Live/?episode_id=27319555

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Read David Ransom’s cover story on Giovanni Bonmartini Fini in the March 2015 issue of Tasting Panel Magazine here.

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Giovanni-Bonmartini Fini- David Ransom Wine Profile

A page from The Connected Table Brag Book: David Ransom inked another cover story in the March 2015 issue of Tasting Panel Magazine. The article profiles Giovanni Bonmartini-Fini, President of Barone Fini wines located in Italy’s Aldo Adige region.tpm

Barone Fini is one of the fastest growing Italian wine brands in the U.S.A. The wine’s provenance dates back to 1497 from a union between two noble Venetian families, Bonmartini and Fini. Barone Fini produces two wines from 100% Pinot Grigio and one from 100% Merlot.  Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits is their partner/importer.

Read full article here:

http://digital.copcomm.com/i/471637-march-2015/63

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Melanie Young and David Ransom, Hosts, The Connected Table LIVE!

Listen to our iHeart podcast with Bill Deutsch, Founder and Chairman of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits here:

http://www.iheart.com/show/209-The-Connected-Table-Live/?episode_id=27115345