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Another Day of Wine and Cousins

Since I am on the subject of grapes aaannnd wine, I am looking f orward to serving a dear cousin who's coming to visit next week. She's going to have some 'great' wine from Italy . We have in our wine bar an o ld, old labeled Cinzano Asti Spumanti. I am posting about this because I am trying to learn as much as I can about different types of wine and their origin. According to Wikipedia Asti or A sti Spumante is a *DOCG white sparkling wine produced in an area to the south of the town of Asti in Piedmont , Italy . Made from the Moscato Bianco grape, it is sweet and low in alcohol, and often drunk with dessert. It retains its sweetness through a complex filtration process. DOCG or Denominazione di origine controllata is an Italian quality ass urance label for food products and especially wines. modelled after the French AOC and was instituted in 1963 and overhauled in 1992 for compliance with the equivalent EU law on Protected Designation of Origin , wh