Every day drinking, the one that makes you feel 'at home', the easy and drinkable sip that goes well with the table. But also the daily answer to those who can't help but sip a glass during meals. Here is how we intend the bulk wine.
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A sip of home
The prerogative of bulk is that it is an easy drink, to be consumed within a few months, which by definition does not require long maturation and which for this reason can very well keep its characteristics intact organoleptic qualities without the need for cork stoppers. If in the past you went directly to the cellar from the producer, equipped with demijohns, large bottles or any other container, today the bag in box can shorten the distance between the consumer and the winemaker and give greater guarantees than preservation to the product. For most of us, bulk is red par excellence: for the Piedmontese it is Barbera or Dolcetto, varieties that have always been used for the production of easier labels, compared to his majesty Nebbiolo. Online is plenty of bulk wine from Piedmont because it is of a region with a deep-rooted tradition, especially in less noble areas such as Monferrato and the Tortona hills. For Tuscans it is Sangiovese, it is Chianti in a straw flask, it is substance and pleasant acidity like that of Buondonno or Fattoria Pomona . If we move further south along the boot we find Montepulciano, especially in Abruzzo and the Marches, characterized by round tannins and a beautiful fruity soul. However, let's not forget that bulk wine is often the result of an assembly, both starting from native vines and from the best known international ones such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, capable of giving life to soft and smooth reds, very versatile and pleasant. It is perfectly at ease on the table, surrounded by mismatched dishes and slightly chipped crockery, tapped directly into the glass or decanted into ceramic jugs or glass bottles. Its most noble quality is to accompany the simplest food with sobriety, to give easy refreshment during the lunch break and to ignite the most carefree conviviality during a reunion or eaten in company. In this case, we are not looking for a match, we are looking for sensory peace, a-critical pleasantness, the taste that makes us feel good.
At high levels, do we talk about bulk?
Bulk wine has its own intrinsic dignity: in recent years this theme has been the focus of countless disclosures by industry communicators and tasters. Just think of Fabio Pracchia who in his newborn independent blog Ripeness is All talks about it in these terms: "a central element of Italian wine culture, a real anthropological trait that connects drinking noble to the peasant heritage from which we come". And indeed, the agricultural tradition of our grandparents goes back a bit to that glass of red drunk in the company of a few friends in the bar (perhaps the only one) in the town. "A way to rebalance the tired palate between one tasting and another" said Fabio in the editorial staff of Slow Food Editore during a summer full of tastings in view of the release of the Slow Wine guide. And he is not the only one: Sandro Sangiorgi, creator of the Porthos project - an undisputed point of reference for fans of natural wine - in a very beautiful passage from 'The invention of joy' describes it as "a joyful and inviting food kit, intimate and not demanding". Bulk wine in demijohns to be bottled at home has always had a strong bond with its place of origin and brings with it a truly profound cultural and natural heritage. “It is only in the last few years that the cask drinker has transformed in the collective imagination into a stingy imbecile”, writes Sandro Sangiorgi, making fun of those who think they drink quality wine only because they buy it in the bottle.
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