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Paladin Raboso Fiore Paired with Chocolate Fondue at OX Cave

Ever thought of pairing a sparkling red wine with Chocolate Fondue? No? Well thankfully the very clever and experienced wine gurus at OX Cave have thought of it for you!

Call into OX Cave  for a chocolate fondue served with little squares of cake, marshmallow and fresh fruit to dip into a luscious little individual pot of melted chocolate in a mini le Creuset over a candle flame, washed down with a glass of equally luscious liquid in the form of Paladin’s Raboso Fiore sparkling red wine. Can you think of anything more decadent?

Paladin’s very unique and wonderful Raboso Fiore (which means flower in Italian) is a frizzante sparkling red made with the Raboso grape, which is the signature red grape of the Veneto region of Italy. A sparkling red is a surprise, but rather than being sweet as you might expect , this formidable red has a marvelous dry finish while it is also intensely fruity with rich aromas of wild violets and morello cherries. The colour is a bright ruby red with a marvelous pink froth.

Produced from the best grapes of Raboso, one of the oldest vines of Veneto, it represents the tradition of the region and especially of the Paladin Family: Valentino Paladin produced it for the first time in 1981 and since then Raboso Fiore has been a huge International success story.

The grapes are harvested late in autumn and the wine is done without pressing the berry; this makes it pleasantly round, fresh and rich in aromas, with fruity and soft notes. The Raboso is then enriched with a lively effervescence by an accurate, long sparkling process.

All in all it is a lively, fruity wine with a full flavoured and dry finish.

Chocolate Fondue and Raboso Fiore Pairing at OX Cave

Food Pairing:

Ideal alone, it is perfect with a barbecue or cold cuts, cheese, omelettes, pizza, pasta and snacks.
Drink it always slightly chilled.

  • Alcoholic content: 11% Volume / sparkling for natural fermentation
  • Serving temperature: 8 – 10 °C
  • Bottle size: 750 ml / Also available as a Magnum 1.500 ml

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In the Trade Press

In the Trade Press

We’re delighted with the positive coverage of GreatVine in this month’s hospitality trade magazines.


Thomas making the best Bellini Ccktails on the Grand Canal

The Story of GreatVine

Welcome to Great Vine wine import agency!  Thomas M. Soliman is the founder of GreatVine, having moved to live in Northern Ireland after 20 years working in the hospitality industry in Venice, Italy.  In 5 star hotels on the Grand Canal, he was famous for making the best Bellini cocktails and was featured in Italy’s leading Hospitality publication ‘HD Magazine’ for his Bellini and Rossini cocktails.


About GreatVine & Thomas Soliman

GreatVine was formed to re-educate the market in Ireland and the first step in doing that, is to import the finest selection of Prosecco and the various varieties of it from the best of the high quality and Artisan producers that we know intimately and work with in the Veneto Region of Italy.

Thomas M.Soliman

Thomas is the founder of GreatVine wine import agency, with a 37 year International career in the hospitality industry from the Middle East to Europe. having moved to live in Northern Ireland after 20 years working in the hospitality industry in Venice, Italy.  In 5 star hotels on the Grand Canal, he was famous for making the best Bellini cocktails in the city and was featured in Italy’s leading Hospitality publication ‘HD Magazine’ for his Bellini and Rossini cocktails where they also referred to him as a ‘Grande Professiontista’ – meaning a great professional.


Raboso from the Piave Region

Raboso – Signature Red of the Veneto Region

They love this wine in the USA but you’ll never find it on a wine list in Ireland!

Raboso is without a doubt the signature red wine of the Veneto region of Italy, mostly grown in the low lying coastal region around the Piave river which flows through the Veneto’s eastern Treviso Province. This is a full bodied red deep in colour with plenty of tannins, but it is more often than not made to be slightly ‘frizzante’ (fizzy). This is why it drinks really easily even when served slightly chilled, which it is in the heat of the summer in Italy and it is served in a carafe in most Italian restaurants as ‘sfuso’ or loose wine. More often if you order a carafe of loose wine in the area, this is what you will be drinking and it’s really really good!


Thomas and Dogarina Harvest

Thomas Hands on at Harvest

A community effort

‘Vendemmia’ is the Italian word for harvest. It usually happens between July and October in Italy. Thomas of GrapeVine has worked for neighbouring vineyards offering a helping hand at harvest time. It really is a community effort with lots of helping hands coming from friends and family who live locally. Everyone works hard under the blazing sun, but are usually rewarded back in the cantina with a glass of something good enough to quench the thirst.


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