View from the mountain top
The südtirol is an alpine region in northern Italy spanning up to the Swiss and Austrian borders. The region has a strong heritage with locals whom are often trilingual in Italian, German and Ladin — the region’s patois. Just a 3+ hour’s drive up from Venice or down from Munich, the area is full of snowcapped mountains and thick forests, apt for some of the best skiing in the world in the wintertime and thriving vineyards in summer.
Lagrein is the greatest red wine that you need to start drinking. Local to the area it’s full bodied and with complexity in taste much like the heralded Bordeaux and yet it’s dry with a crisp but not tart finish. It’s positively delicious. I captured photos of the bottles I especially enjoyed on my recent visit.
The 2008 is a special treat
In the U.S. I’ve been able to find delightful bottles for as little as $13. Check out Brooklyn Wine Exchange on Court Street.