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Prosecco diaries: agosto 2014

Settembre mese di vendemmie, raccolta molto difficile tra meteo poco favorevole e molto tempo perso a selezionare al meglio l’uva non adatta a dare Prosecco di qualità.

Non ho ricordi di aver fatto una vendemmia così stressante. Abbiamo portato al limite tutte le vigne controllando giornalmente stato sanitario e la maturazione.

Come vi ho spiegato in un precedente articolo ogni vigna ha dato risultati molto diversi.

Ma veniamo a noi, ecco quello che è successo in questo mese.

6 settembre: continuano i campionamenti delle uve per capire l’evoluzione della maturazione.

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9 settembre: comincia la vendemmia e si porta in cantina il primo mosto.

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first must

10 settembre: giornate difficili dal punto di vista meteorologico, caricata metà della pressa salgono nuvole minacciose sopra alle nostre teste.

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Fortunatamente riusciamo a portare a casa un bel carico d’uva prima delle piogge.

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12 settembre: qualche giorno di stop dettato dalla pioggia.

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13 settembre: mentre continuiamo a campionare le uve di alcune vigne la vendemmia prosegue a Maser.

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Pare che anche i bimbi, con le belle giornate, siano felici di vedere l’uva arrivare in cantina.

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15 settembre: la vigna di Monfumo è una sorvegliata speciale. Tutti i giorni riceve la nostra visita.

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17 settembre: appena troviamo un giorno libero continuiamo con l’estirpo di una vecchia vigna di pianura.

grubbing up vineyards prosecco

18 settembre: la vinaccia fa capire molte cose successe in vigna durante l’annata. Differenze di colore, acini verdi interi, profumi danno immediatamente un quadro abbastanza veritiero dei passati 4 o 5 mesi. Toccare la vinaccia dopo la pressatura ci aiuta a capire, col supporto di analisi specifiche se abbiamo spremuto troppo o troppo poco.

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Lo stesso giorno portiamo in cantina uva meravigliosa.

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23 settembre: Glera di Castelli di Monfumo, un territorio meraviglioso.

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24 settembre: comincia la vendemmia nella nostra vigna di Monfumo.

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E si decreta la fine della vendemmia 2014, l’ultima nottata passata in cantina.

Luca Ferraro

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Prosecco diaries: September 2014

We harvested in the month of September. It was a very difficult vintage between the unfavorable weather and the time we lost sorting through the grapes that weren’t suitable for making a quality Prosecco.

I don’t remember ever having to go through such a stressful harvest. We pushed all of our vines to the limit as we monitored their health and ripening on a daily basis.

As I wrote in a previous post, every vine gave different and highly varied results.

Here’s what happened in the month of September.

September 6: we continued to analyze grape samples to understand the progress of ripening.

grape lab analysis

September 9: we began to pick and we brought the first grape must into the cellar.

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first must

September 10: the weather made things difficult. You can see the menacing clouds above our heads with the grape press half full of fruit.

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Fortunately we were able to bring home a good load of grapes before the rain began to fall.

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September 12: we had to put things on hold for a few days because of the rain.

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September 13: we continued to sample the grapes in certain vineyards and the harvest continued in Maser village.

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The children enjoyed the good weather and had fun watching the grapes arrive at the winery.

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September 15: our vineyard in Monfumo got extra-special attention. We visited it every single day.

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September 17: as soon as we had some free time, we continued to grub up an old vine in the flats.

grubbing up vineyards prosecco

September 18: the grape solids help you to understand a lot of what went on in the vineyard over the course of the year. Color differences, for example, whole green berries, and aromas immediately give you a relatively clear picture of what happened over the last four or five months. By examining the solids after pressing with the support of specific analyses, we can understand whether we have pressed too much or too little.

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The same day, we brought some marvelous fruit to the winery.

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September 23: Glera from Castelli di Monfumo, a wonderful growing site.

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September 24: we begin picking in our vineyard in Monfumo.

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And we pull the last all-nighter in the cellar and the harvest is officially over.

Luca Ferraro
grape grower and winemaker

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Kind words from L’Espresso Guide, one of Italy’s most prestigious

Here’s what the editors the 2015 guide to the wines of Italy by L’Espresso, one of Italy’s most prestigious wine guides, had to say about Bele Casel (translation by our blogmaster):

Building on his family’s passion for viticulture, the young Luca Ferraro has managed to land a starring role in the sparkling wine world of Treviso with just a few vintages under his belt.

His wines have real character and they have helped to spark interest in the terroir of Asolo.

His traditional-style Colfòndo, a Prosecco re-fermented in bottle, has received particular attention.

The guide was released this month.

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Bele Casel at Café Beaujolais in dreamy Mendocino, California

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We were geeked to learn that Bele Casel has found its way on to the wine list at the Café Beaujolais in dreamy Mendocino, California.

If you’ve ever traveled to that part of the world, you know that the folks there like to keep things toned down. They favor renovation over construction, old school over new.

The setting for chef/owner David LaMonica’s cooking is a beautiful restored 1890s home, where he his farm-to-table menu features local organic growers and a stellar wine list, with a wide selection by-the-glass.

The best part is that Bele Casel appears right next to 95 Krug!!!

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Café Beaujolais
961 Ukiah St
Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 937-5614
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Top image via RDMosley’s blog.

Taste Bele Casel in Southern California in October

We’re pleased to share the news that our blogmaster, Jeremy Parzen, author of, will be pouring our wines in Los Angeles and San Diego in October.

Details follow.

Tuesday, Oct. 14
6-8 p.m.
6801 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 932-0280
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Jaynes Gastropub
Saturday, Oct. 18
3:30-5:30 p.m.
$20 (includes passed bites by Jayne and team)
4677 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 563-1011
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terraviva degustazione

Harvest is over

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Harvest at Bele Casel began on September 9 and was completed on September 24.

Stay tuned for grape grower and winemaker Luca Ferraro’s notes on the winemaking process.

It’s been an extremely difficult vintage, without a doubt.

But he has high hopes for the wines despite the challenges he faced in the vineyard this year.

Thanks for being here and following along. We’ll be posting updates on vinification shortly.

Happy Jewish New Year from Asolo, once home to a vibrant Jewish community

asolo hebrew inscription

Above: One of two sixteenth-century Jewish tombstones that have been preserved in the walls of the Loggia del Capitano in the center of Asolo (Treviso province).

According to the, “a Jewish congregation existed [in Asolo] in the middle of the sixteenth century, perhaps even at the end of the fifteenth. In 1547 there were in Asolo 37 Jews, who lived in six houses close together in the center of the town.”

Cantarini, the famous Jewish-Italian family, is believed to have descended from Marco (Mordecai) Cohen, a member of the sixteenth-century community of Jews there.

L’shanah tovah, happy new year, to all of our friends across the world!

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year holiday, begins on Wednesday at sundown.


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