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The Grappa Candolini Bianca is a preferred grappa by Italians themselves. It has an ABV of 40%, and is made with Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Cabernet, Aglianico, and Falanghina grape marc. It runs clear and transparent, like pure spring water. It has a soft, round mouthfeel, creamy and complex. It’s easier to drink than most grappas, but still strong.
The Candolini Bianca exudes delicate aromas of grape, with notes of citrus, sage, and rosemary. On the palate, you get floral, honeysuckle, brown butter, toasted almonds, and notes of buttered mushrooms. It has a long finish with nuances of lemongrass, marzipan, and sage.
This grappa is best served chilled at 18-20C. A digestif, it’s usually sipped at the end of a rich meal (think pastas, creamy dishes, etc.) to help relax and digest. Serve it in a tulip glass, and keep it filled at only a third or less to keep the vapors away from your nose.
It can be drunk on its own or in cocktails. Since it’s usually enjoyed after a meal, it can be paired with fruits like pears, apples, peaches, and berries. It also goes great with almond-based desserts, or a crostata (Italian tart or pie).
A traditional Italian way to enjoy it is putting a tablespoon or two of Grappa into your morning coffee. They call this “caffé corretto.” They also like to drizzle it over sliced peaches, or on top of vanilla and chocolate gelato.
A perfect example of a circular economy, grappa is always produced with zero waste. It’s made with the distillation of pomace, which is a blend of the seeds, stems, and stalks of the grape. The pomace is taken from the leftover of the wine-making process. Nothing is wasted.
Combined with water steam, the pomace is then heated to start the distilling. What is left is a very potent beverage that captures not only the alcohol, but the aromas of the grape. This beverage is then bottled and aged.
Grappa is now a protected name under the EU. To be called grappa, the beverage must be produced in Italy, made from pomace, and made with an exact distillation method.
Store our Grappa upright, in an area away from direct sunlight and heat. Make sure it’s tightly closed once opened. You may refrigerate, as Grappa is usually served chilled. It will last indefinitely, but if aroma, appearance, and taste become different and strange, discard.