La Dolce Vita is a local favorite and one of Vinoklets' best sellers in the restaurant as well as local stores. La Dolce Vita is a sweet red dessert wine made with Chambourcin and Concord grapes. Soft and fruity to enjoy any time.
La Dolce Vita is also an Ohio River Valley Favorite, that has won a number of awards in both local and international competitions.
La Dolce Vita Medals range from bronze in 2002 at the Ohio Wine Competition (OWC) to A Gold at the 2017 OWC. Ohio currently has 340 wineries and hosts the Ohio Wine Competition (OWC) each year. La Dolce Vita has been awarded a Bronze Medal in 2002, Bronz 2003, Bronze 2006, Gold 2007, Bronze 2008, Bronze 2014, Gold 2016, Gold 2017, Silver 2018 & a Bronze in 2019 at the OWC.
Additional medals include a Silver 2012 at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, a Bronze at Best of the Midwest 2018, as well as 4 more Bronze medals at the Indy International Wine Competition.
Chambourcin is a species of grapevines belonging to the Vitisgenus in the flowering plant family Vitaceae. It is a French-American interspecific hybrid grape variety used for making wine. Its parentage is uncertain. The hybrid was produced by Joannes Seyve who often used Seibel hybrids produced in the 1860s. The grape has only been available since 1963; it has good resistance to fungal disease and is one of the parents of the new disease-resistant variety, Regent, which is increasing in popularity among German grape growers. Chambourcin is considered a very productive grape with crop yields reported ranging from 11.1 tons per hectare to 17.3 tons per hectare in a study performed by Ohio State University.
The grape produces a deep-colored and aromatic wine. It can be made into a dry style or one with a moderate residual sugar level. Chambourcin is a teinturier, a grape whose juice is pink or red rather than clear like most red vitis vinifera cultivars.
The red juice fermented over the red skins can produce a very strongly flavored wine. Most red wines are served at room temperature to bring out the flavor but some Chambourcin wines have such a strong flavor that it is recommended that they be served chilled.[
Concord grape is a cultivar derived from the grape species Vitis labrusca (also called fox grape) that are used as table grapes, wine grapes, and juice grapes. They are often used to make grape jelly, grape juice, grape pies, grape-flavored soft drinks, and candy. The grape is sometimes used to make wine, particularly sacramental kosher wine.
Traditionally, most commercially produced Concord wines have been finished sweet, but dry versions are possible if adequate fruit ripeness is achieved. The grape is named after the town in Massachusetts where it was developed.
The skin of a Concord grape is typically dark blue or purple, and often is covered with a lighter-colored epicuticular wax "bloom" that can be rubbed off. It is a slip-skin variety, meaning that the skin is easily separated from the fruit. Concord grapes have large seeds and are highly aromatic. The Concord grape is particularly prone to the physiological disorder black spot.
Concord grapes are often used to make grape jelly and are only occasionally available as table grapes, especially in New England. They are the usual grapes used in the jelly for the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and Concord grape jelly is a staple product in U.S. supermarkets. Concord grapes are used for grape juice, and their distinctive purple color has led to grape-flavored soft drinks and candy being artificially colored purple while methyl anthranilate, a chemical present in Concord grapes, is used to give "grape" flavor. The dark-colored Concord juice is used in some churches as a non-alcoholic alternative to wine in the service of communion. Concord grapes have been used to make kosher wine and sacramental wine.
La Dolce Vita is a sweet red dessert wine.
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