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Category: Articles

Chianti Classico to Put New Vigor into Gran Selezione

Chianti Classico DOCG made a splash in 2014 when it introduced a unique quality level above Riserva called Gran Selezione. The new designation’s purpose was to distinguish some of the highest quality, most serious wines from the denomination and claim a secure spot in the luxury wine tier. The strategy was an earnest one and […]

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On the Horizon

This regularly updated post lists some of the more significant proposals for new official Italian wine-producing areas or changes to the rules of production for existing denominations.

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How to Make Your Wine Education Last Beyond the Final Exam

Here’s why we encourage our students to space out while studying Italian wine. . . .

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Napa and Montalcino Planning a Sister-City Connection

Montalcino, the source of Brunello di Montalcino, is in discussions with California’s Napa to become sister cities, forging a bond between two of the world’s most famous wine towns.

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Myriad Sources of Rosato Wines in Italy

Italy is a great source for rosato (pink) wine, drawing on Italy’s unparalleled wealth of grape varieties. Important areas of rosato winemaking include . . .

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Pignoletto III: The Rise of Emilia-Romagna

The third and perhaps final installment in the dramatic Pignoletto denomination trilogy is reportedly in post-production and could be in wine shops later this year.

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Wine in the Year of Covid

OIV’s global wine report shows production was strong in 2020 while covid cut consumption and exports. And the idea of China as the savior for exporters now looks illusory.

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Raising the Bardolino: Three New Subzones for Bardolino Rosso

New rules for Bardolino DOC in April 2021 have introduced, among other innovations, three subzones for red Bardolino that will define a premier level of wines with longer aging and stricter requirements.

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Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Proposes New “Pieve” Category

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG is moving ahead with a proposal to establish a new “Pieve” tier above Riserva, tied to 12 subareas based on medieval parish boundaries.

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