How Do You Pronounce 'Dolcetto'?
A Quick Overview Of Dolcetto
Dolcetto is the name of a red grape varietal, an Italian word which means ' sweet little one'. Follow the audio pronunciation and phonetic spelling - it's quite straightforward. The 'o's in this word are pronounced closer to the 'o' sound in 'hot'than the 'o' in 'go' in Italian, but you should adjust for your accent if you are using this word in an English setting.
This grape varietal is also known as Douce Noire (which means 'sweet black' in French) outside of Italy.
The rest of the audio files are for the pronunciation of words related to Dolcetto, and are as well to have handy.
The pronunciation of Dogliani is tricky for English speakers - there is no 'g' in this sound - 'gl' sounds roughly like 'ly[e]'. Listen to the audio pronunciation and use the phonetic spelling as a guide for your ear. doh/LYAH/nee
In the pronunciation of Langhe, the 'h' acts as a buffer to prevent the 'g' from turning into a soft 'g' sound. This is the exact same rule that applies in 'spaghetti' and you use it always when pronouncing Italian words. LANG/gheh
Dolcetto hails from Piedmont in Italy. Dolcetto wines tend to be fruity, and despite the inference of 'sweet' in the name, dry, with a bitter finish. Dolcetto is known for its low acidity, striking tannins and intense color. These wines are described as tasting jammy, having the aroma of almonds or walnuts, spicy, and having hints of black cherry, dark berries, prunes and licorice. It is recommended you drink Dolcetto young rather than aged.
Dolcetto di Dogliani
Dolcetto di Dogliani is a DOCG wine (please click on the link for full details about DOCG wines in Italy) from Dogliani n the Langhe region of Piemonte. Only wines from Dogliani made according to DOCG rules may be called Dogliani to preserve the integrity of the terroir. Other notable wines made from this varietal are Dolcetto d'Alba and Dolcetto d'Asti, which are both DOC wines (meaning that Dogliani is the superior classification).
Dolcetto Food Pairing
Dolcetto is a wine that goes well with rustic food pairings such as pasta and pizza, and deli-style sandwiches. The caution is not to pair it with too fatty a dish, because of the low acidity. Cheeses such as mozzarella, fontina, and ricotta are all good with these wines, which also work well with traditional Italian antipasti. Dolcetto also pairs well with Mexican food.