Touch of glass from Edinburgh wine bar

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An Edinburgh wine bar is offering an exclusive range of stock it says makes it the first in Scotland to serve the brand by the glass.

During the month of December, Divino Enoteca will offer a selection from the famous Italian winery Angelo Gaja.

As one of the world’s greatest winemakers, the Gaja name has been made famous for extremely high quality product as well as extensive wine-making history.

Sebastiano Ingaliso, Divino’s head sommelier, said: “I believe that this will be the first time wines by the famous Italian master Angelo Gaja will be served by the glass in Scotland.

“The family’s reputation is world renowned and our customers have a wonderful opportunity to taste this wine without having to buy the whole bottle – something that is not available anywhere else.

“Gaja wines are sold in the best restaurants and wine bars in the world and we’re honoured to offer them in Edinburgh.”

The Gaja winery was founded in 1859 by Giovanni Gaja in Northern Italy, and became the major vineyard owner of Barbaresco by the 1960s.

It was his great-grandson, Angelo, who revolutionised the business when he joined the company in 1961 after studying wine making at the University of Montpellier in France.

The 21-year-old began experimenting with different practices including green harvest – the process of removing immature grape bunches to produce fine wine – and implemented single vineyard production.

Angelo is also famous for being one of the first to use thermo-controlled fermentation equipment and French grape varieties. Not only that, he ferments his wine for the traditional 30 days instead of the modern five-day method and uses different woods for the ageing process.

Gaja produces 18 different wines from vineyards across Italy with a total annual production of 350,000 bottles.

Divino Enoteca – the first venue in Scotland to give wine lovers the chance to sample fine and rare Italian wines by the glass – will add two Gaja wines to its menu.

The venue uses state of the art Enomatic dispensing technology to preserve the flavour and body of the wine, ensuring the perfect serve every time.

Located on Merchant Street – off Candlemaker Row in the Capital’s Old Town – Divino offers a selection of authentic Italian antipasti, consisting of highest quality Italian D.O.P cheeses, cured meats and salamis as well as wood fired artisan sour dough breads and bruschettas.

For more information visit www.divinoedinburgh.com or call 0131 225 1770.

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