You Don’t Know These Wines…Yet
I knew next to nothing about American grown Fiano, Montepulciano and Aglianico. And I'm willing to bet the vast majority not only of wine drinkers, but winemakers, know next to nothing about American grown Fiano, Montepulciano and Aglianico.
This next-to-nothing-knowledge is part of what drove Arthur Przebinda to create three new websites:
As Arthur puts it:
"These sites are intended to connect passionate North American growers and winemakers with wine enthusiasts who may or may not be familiar with these special varieties."
The sites consist primarily of background information about these varieties as well as lists of the growers and producers of these wines. And when you look at the lists of growers and producers at each of these three sites, you realize that we are talking about the very definition of "niche varietal".How niche? Arthur reports that to his knowledge, there are six producers of Fiano, 11 producers of Montepulciano and 16 producers of Aglianico in North America.
But of course, that's the fun isn't it? For folks who truly love wine and don't just love possessing it, the search and the new is really what gets them going. The nice thing about these three new websites is that it gives the adventurous the opportunity to find something they likely have never seen before. That alone has to be an attraction to many.
The extent to which Przebinda will be updating these three new websites is uncertain. Arthur's a pretty busy guy. In addition to having founded RedWineBuzz, he also is a home winegrower and winemaker who has chronicled his eclectic vinous adventures at ShutUpAndMakeWine. Oh…and Arthur is also a Doctor who has a new baby!
Learn more about Arthur's motivations for bringing these varieties to light.
Thank you for the shout out, Tom.
Since I put up that post, I learned of a few more producers.
As of today, I am aware of five (possibly six) producers of Fiano, 12 producers of Montepulciano, and 18 producers of Aglianico in North America.
As to the frequency of updating:
It all depends on growers producers. Currently, I am expecting some follow-up emails about harvest of these varieties across the North American continent.
I’ve also let growers and producers know that if they have some news to share regarding these varieties, I will put it up on the sites.
Who cares? The Italian version are fabulous!
Have you TRIED the North American versions?…..