Colli di Piacentini DOC is a wine growing region that stretches from the northern alps of the Ligurian Apennines, along the border between Lombardy and Emilia, all the way up to the area that separates the provinces of Piacenza and Parma.
There are sub-zones whose names appear on bottles of Colli Piacentini wine. The most famous of these is the Gutturnio DOC, a wine made predominately from Barbera that is the only main sub-region dedicated to red wine production.
The other sub-regions are white wine DOCs including Trebbianino Val Trebbia which, despite its similar-sounding name, is not made predominately from Trebbiano but rather the obscure local grape Ortruga though up to 30% of the specific clonal variety of Trebbiano Romagnolo can be blended in. The two other white wine DOCs are Val Nur and Monterosso Val d’Arda.
Vigoleno is reserved uniquely for sweet Vin Santo wines, these all apply to both still wines and sparkling spumante and frizzante wines.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.