quote:Originally posted by on the wine:quote:Originally posted by redknife:
Which one? I used to think that grappa was just packaged jet fuel until I was offered a glass of Ornellaia's wood-aged grappa one time on a visit to Italy. That made me realise that not all grappa was firewater and I began to pay attention.
Grappa is not made by the wineries that often put their name on it. Even when the raw material is provided by a specific winery, it has to be made by licensed distillers who then might ship the proceeds back to the originating winery. These distillers also sell many different kinds of grappa under their own labels. One such distiller who I have developed a liking for is Berta and you will find their grappas available in many enotecas across northern Italy.
You can also visit these distillers much as you do winemakers. A subgroup of the people I visit Italy with each year have begun refer to ourselves as The Grappa Guys because (after doing winery visits during the day) we usually end each day sipping grappa.
Altesino's Riserva is widely available and offers a great flavor profile.
Nardini Aquavite is a worthy addition to any nightcap as well.