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Category: Articles

Raising the Bardolino: Three New Subzones for Bardolino Rosso

New rules for Bardolino DOC in April 2021 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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Napa and Montalcino Planning a Sister-City Connection

Napa, in California’s Napa Valley, and Montalcino, the source of Brunello di Montalcino, are in discussions as of April 2021 to become sister cities, forging a bond between two of the world’s most famous wine towns.

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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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Buona Pasqua & Buona Pèsach

While traditional large meal gatherings will be nonexistent again in 2021, we pass along best wishes for small family gatherings to celebrate Easter or Passover, along with some wine suggestions.

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Didn’t there used to be a course for the Italian Wine Professional exam?

Yes . . . and there still is, but there is a new way to explore your passion for Italian wine with Italian Wine Central—with or without the IWP exam.

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Congratulations to the IWP Class of 2020

We’re proud to congratulate the individuals who achieved the Italian Wine Professional credential in 2020. They chose to challenge themselves in what was clearly a challenging year!

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How the Italian Wine Professional Certification Will Complement Your Other Wine Studies

Should I pursue the IWP credential if I already have other wine certifications? Well, we asked our students, and the short answer is, “Yes.”

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First Estimates of 2020 Vintage Production

There had been speculation that 2020 would see disastrously low wine volumes, but initial estimates from the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) say different.

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DOCG #76: Terre Alfieri

The most recent Italian wine region to achieve lofty DOCG status, in October 2020, is Terre Alfieri in Piemonte, a doppelgänger of Roero not far from Barolo.

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