The Tasting Panel magazine

August 2017

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108  /  the tasting panel  /  august 2017 TASTINGS Fresh, Flavorful, Fragrant and Three Moscato d'Astis—the Stella Rosa being the freshest due to their multiple bottlings a year. Fun Fun Fun STELLA ROSA'S ITALIAN WINES SHOW VIBRANCY AND YOUTH ALONGSIDE THE COMPETITION by Allyson Gorsuch / photos by Dustin Downing S tella Rosa is quickly becoming a familiar name, known for consistently delicious wines at a fair price point. But it also offers something out of the ordinary in the wine world—it's a California-based Italian wine brand. The Riboli family started San Antonio Winery in 1917 in Downtown Los Angeles. Always listening to their customers' requests, they noticed that clients were asking for off-dry and semi-sweet wines. So the Ribolis decided to retrace their roots back to Piedmont, Italy, the birthplace of matriarch Maddalena Riboli. They began producing a fruity, effervescent Italian Moscato d'Asti there, and its success led to a second wine: Stella Rosa Rosso, a semi-sweet, semi-sparkling red. Today, the Riboli family produces 16 different styles of wine from Piedmont under the popular Stella Rosa label.

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