Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ghemme Docg

after talking about Gattinara, today we present Ghemme.
Ghemme Docg

Ghemme takes its name from a village in the Novara province (Northern Piedmont). 
It is an historical wine dating back to IV-V millennium (B.C.) when it was produced on the hills in the Mount Rose area. 

Ghemme coat of arms

During the Roman age, this wine was so popular that the coat of arms of Agamium, the Latin name of Ghemme, had a grape bunch and a bunch of ears of wheat!
Writers, such as Fogazzaro and historical figures, like Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, the very first Italian Prime Minister, loved Ghemme - he actually drank it after a meeting with Napoleon III!
Finally, in 1997 it was even granted the DOCG status!

Ghemme is a hamlet right near Gattinara, on the eastern side of the Sesia. Gattinara also produces wine and they are both similar. Ghemme though is more tannic, and it is reputed to live longer than Gattinara. 

Ghemme map

GHEMME facts:

- in 1969 it was awarded the DOC status
- in 1997 it became DOCG
- color: ruby red with garnet reflections
- bouquet: notes of licorice, red and black earthy fruits, hints of violet and spices
- flavor: pleasantly dry
- it's a slow aging wine with a longevity of over 15 years!
- it should be served at 18-20C (64.4-68F)
- it's made of min. 75% Nebbiolo, 25% max Vespolina and rare grapes
- alcohol: 13%

Ghemme parings

You can pair this full bodied wine with risottos, pasta dishes with meat sauces, cured and braised meats, usually marinated in the same wine, game, hare, wild boar, donkey stew, ox fillet, aged cheeses and roasted white meat. 
Given the season we couldn't omit a pumpkin pasta like these pumpkin raviolis:P

pumpkin ravioli

Every corner in Piedmont reveals a unique wine and naturally it tastes better when drank in its own castle;)

the beautiful medieval Ghemme castle

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