Archive: June 21, 2018

The right glass for our Bellini, Rossini, Mimosa and Prosecco has a rounded bowl

It’s a well-known fact that using the wrong glass for a given wine can affect the wine’s flavor and aromas, since the size, shape and thickness of each component of the stemware used in tasting does or does not enhance the characteristics of the individual varietals and type of wine.

The four of us – three sisters and one brothers – wanted to make sure we got our shapes right and hit the road. No typo, we literally hit the road on a stemware mission! Our destination was Kufstein, Austria, where we would meet with George Riedel, the internationally renowned producer of some of the world’s most renowned wine glasses.

He welcomed us at eight o’clock in the morning, on an empty stomach: the tasting needed to be unaffected by any organoleptic influence from food or beverages. Herr Riedel poured our Bellini cocktails into thirty glasses each, and the tasting began – a veritable workout for the senses! The peachy aromas and flavors appeared in an entirely different light, depending on the type of glass we were using.

The biggest surprise was… the cocktail glass. Or, as it is commonly known, the martini glass with the inverted cone bowl. The excessively wide opening actually wiped out the peach fruit aromas.

Subsequently, George Riedel asked each of us – without influencing us in any way – which three glasses were, to our mind, the most suitable for Bellini. Strangely enough, after tasting the cocktail in thirty glasses, we all selected the same stemmed glass.

We’re not saying you need to serve our cocktails or Prosecco in Riedel glasses. It is, however, important to avoid champagne flutes (which is sooo Fifties, isn’t it?), martini glasses and tall, narrow tumblers. Bellini is best served ice-cold, in a wine glass with a wide, rounded bowl.

Less is more: “mini” Rossini Cangonga Now Available

The Canella family has been busy at work over the past few months – and that’s the way we like it. Our cocktails’ sparkle is never still, and neither are we… It’s just not in our nature!

This year’s Vinitaly saw us present two new, high-end products: an all-Italian cocktail from Venetian sparkling wine and fragrant, juicy Candonga® strawberries from Basilicata – Rossini Candonga –, and Canella Prosecco DOC in a nostalgic, vintage new look that revisits the earliest bottles sold by a Canella (grandmother Giovanna) in the 1940s.

A couple of months on, in view of the growing demand for Rossini Candonga, we have decided to flank the classic 750-ml bottle format with the single to double-serving 200-ml bottle, perfect for bars, hotels and restaurants as a handy alternative.

 

Canella Prosecco Superiore DOCG in the 2018 Guide to “The Wines and Wineries of Italy”

Published by Chartesia of Treviso and hot off the press, the new “Guide to the Best Producers” of Italy has once more included us in its highly awaited honor roll of national winemaking, with a very favorable review of our top-of-the-line Prosecco and some flattering comments on Canella’s “unique and inimitable style”.

Kudos to our enologist, Roberto Pivetta, for his wonderful work, and warmest thanks to the entire Canella team. Excellence and consistency are a labor of love from each and every one of us.

 

One fine Sunday: BEA and Bellini in a time warp

It was last Sunday, June 3rd – a joyful weekend of national celebrations and early summer sunshine when a group of fantastic people in period costumes – the Association of Vintage and Antique Bicycles of San Donà di Piave, BEA –, cycled into our yard, traipsed through our vineyards and peach orchards and told us all about their passion for cycling classics of the past. Very DowntonAbbeyish, very exciting! They sipped our peachy Bellini cocktails, treated us to some juicy anecdotes from the history of Italian cycling, and resumed their marvellous wanderings through our beloved countryside and along the Piave River – where Italians managed to fend off the Austro-Hungarian troops during WWI, exactly 100 years ago.