The Real Chooch Wine Company
Discover Amazing Wines, Great Foods, and Fantastic Friends with Massimo Battista
Massimiliano Battista was born in Italy and came to Providence Rhode Island in 1999. Known as Massimo by his American friends, he learned to speak English while working countless nights as a waiter. After three years working as a waiter, Massimo opened his own restaurant where he learned the many aspects of running a business. After many long winters, Massimo decided he wanted warmer weather.
In 2009 Massimo moved to Florida where he met Fancy James. It was Fancy who inspired Massimo to pursue his interest in the fashion industry. He then created Battista clothing, A custom clothing company making tailored suits for men. Although Massimo enjoys fashion it has been the hospitality business that has always been his true love.
He recently fulfilled his American dream and became co-founder of The Real Chooch Wine Company, where he is able to bring the best wine from his roots in Italy to America. From a young age, Massimo alongside his grandfather learned the true passion of how a good wine brings people together. This knowledge and passion is what Massimo brings to you with The Real Chooch Wine Company!
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Napa Valley Cabernet 2016 with characteristics of cedar, spicy tobacco like an aged cigar box, and beautiful notes of dried fruits, and always nice hints of peppery notes.
Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019 with aromas of white wildflowers, green apple, hints of wild fennel, typical of California underbrush.
Paso Robles Wine Blend 2018 with aromas of dried plums and dark figs.
Frequently Asked Questions
DOC is an acronym for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which means Controlled Designation of Origin in English. “It consists of a legally defined zone (defined by law) where grapes can be grown and producers must follow rigid production standards to produce their wines.” The ultimate goal of these production standards is to protect consumers from being sold lower quality wine by requiring wineries to follow strict guidelines about what they product and how they care for the grape vines themselves. These safeguards provide assurance that the wine purchased meets not only taste but also integrity requirements, meaning consumers can have peace of mind knowing they’re getting an authenticated Italian wine.
DOCG wines are “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” and guarantee that the wine is produced in an area designated by law, that it has been bottled within the region of production and aged for at least two years, without being aged beyond ten years, before release.
DOCG wine classification is “The highest level in the Italian quality scales for wine. These wines are designated at the point of origin and controlled throughout production.”
DOCG wines are created by a careful selection of grapes and strict following of regional procedures. They must be aged at least two years before release (one year in oak barrels). For this reason, DOCG bottling is limited to those areas with high-quality grapes that can age well.
Red wine, if consumed moderately and slowly, can act as healthier antioxidant to prevent against cardiovascular diseases. Red wine is full of antioxidants that keep the immune system working at a healthy level. Antioxidants are very important to help protect your body against diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s Disease. Drinking red wine in moderation (1-2 glasses per day) can also reduce blood pressure levels and triglyceride levels. There are many benefits to drinking red wine!
White wine might not be the best choice because it’s typically higher in calories from sugars like lactose. The sugar content is usually between 10% and 12%. Concentrated sweeteners add another 3% to the table. So a 1/2 glass contains about 5 grams – only slightly below the daily recommended maximum for refined sugars which is about 6 teaspoons or 25 grams.
Red wine contains a number of compounds such as flavonoids, resveratrol and Proanthocyanidins which present unknown benefits. Some studies have suggested that polyphenols found in red wine are responsible for the adaptive response to physical activity resulting in an increase in cardiovascular fitness. Consumption of one glass per day is also linked with a reduced risk of heart disease and dementia; two-three glasses per day shows no negative effects either. In addition, some research suggests that it might even help with weight loss.
Sweet wine can come in different styles including those that are light and creamy, like a port or an Italian Dolce. The alcohol content is typically between 10% – 15%. Dry red wine, on the other hand, contains 12% to 20% alcohol per volume and is all about acidity. With lower levels of sugar, dry red wine often has higher levels of tannins and potassium (salt). The less sugar you consume, often is considered better for your health.
Dry wines are wines with less than fourteen grams of residual sugar per liter. A dry wine is any wine with less than 14% potential alcohol by volume and with not more than 14 grams in total residual sugar per liter. Any grape variety can be produced as a dry or off-dry wine – it’s the winemaker’s personal decision how sweet they want to make their final product.
There are two elements of sweetness in wine, one that comes from adding sugar before bottling – sweet wines. And the other, which is naturally present in grapes – dry wines or botrytized wines with more complex flavors and aromas as a result. Dry wines typically range between 1 g/L (0%) and 0-10g/L (0-1%). Sweet wines are usually 10g/L or higher for the finished product before bottling, while most still range between 20 g/L to 24g/.04%.
Pumping air into wine (through an aerator) oxidizes it, which in turn creates new flavor compounds. In addition, as the wine is exposed to oxygen for a longer period of time, less sorbitol is formed; this higher oxidation ratio helps prevent the formation of sulfites that can cause astringency and harsh flavors. Finally then, because there’s more space between all the molecules through oxidation and they are not bound together so tightly anymore (i.e., due to lower pH), wines aerated at home will usually taste smoother and more mellow than wines that are not!