Visiting Venice and Verona last year brought Grappa firmly on to my radar. I was offered a drink of it after a meal and on talking to the waiter, he told me all about Grappa and what made a good tipple. I liked the flavour, the hot fruity kick and so on my way home I decided to bring a bottle back in order to drink it at home and relive my Italian memories.
==Price and availability==
My bottle was bought abroad for £12.99 but you can buy it over here for around £20.00. You can buy it online, amazon stock it and you can buy it at Sainsbury's.
==Taste and look==
The drink is by rights a Brandy because it is made from fruit. This particular drink is made from grapes so often you will get references to different grapes that have been used. I tried the Chardonnay abroad so I decided to buy the same type. Grappa is the distillation of the pressed skins of grapes and it can only be called Grappa if it is made in Italy. This Grappa is smooth, it has a hot, sweet flavour to it that is not harsh nor does it burn. The liquor is good for drinking after a meal as an aperitif, I drink it straight but if I do drink it with a mixer, I keep it separate. I just have a class of coke to wash it down with.
This is a good drink that tastes superb. I like the lightness and crispness of the brandy that tastes fruity and slightly like vanilla. It has a slight melon flavour to me but I have not seen any reference to this but this is how it tastes to me. I have offered this to my friends when they have come over and to be honest it was not as well received as I had hoped but it is a gorgeous tipple. I think you have to like Brandy spirits in the first place. Just because it is made from grapes does not make it anything like Chardonnay.
I would definitely buy this again, I am gonig back to Italy, this time visiting Milan so I will wait to pick up a bottle abroad. I do not like paying over the odds for things. This bottle lasted me ages as it is definitely an occasional drink rather than something you polish off in one sitting.
Raw material: Pomace from Chardonnay grapes. Production zone: Collio and Colli Orientali del Friuli Venezia Giulia. Tasting profile: Limpid. Intense flowery aromas, with hints of hawthorn and artemisia. Stylishly clean flavour, with an elegant, lingering key-note of apple. Alcohol content: 38% alc./vol. Serving temperature: 10-12C.