Category: Lifestyle

Napa and Montalcino Become Sister Cities

Napa, in California’s Napa Valley, and Montalcino, the source of Brunello di Montalcino, have recently 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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My Vinitaly Kaleidoscope

In a year without a Vinitaly—Italy’s huge, lavish annual wine trade fair—Geralyn Brostrom looks back on her 14 previous years at Vinitaly in this short ebook.

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Regional Roundup: Basilicata and Calabria

Here’s an introduction to two rarely visited but fascinating Italian regions—Basilicata and Calabria—and some wines and attractions of note.

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Regional Roundup: Veneto

The locomotive of the Italian wine train is the region of Veneto, home of Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Soave, and Valpolicella. Here’s a survey of the region’s highlights.

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Regional Roundup: Marche

A spotlight on the Italian region of Marche, best known for white wines made from Verdicchio, but also red wines from Sangiovese or Montepulciano and culinary specialties like olive ascolane

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Chiaretto on Lake Garda

Posted May 18, 2015 With summer just around the bend, interest in rosato wines is again increasing with the 2014s arriving weekly. Two denominations that specialize in this refreshing style of wine are located near Lake Garda, which lies between Veneto and Lombardy. One, Bardolino, is well known, while the other, Valtènesi, deserves to be. […]

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Sangiovese in the Napa Valley

Interview with Michaela and Greg Rodeno of Villa Ragazzi By Geralyn Brostrom, posted May 5, 2014 Bright January sun was illuminating the dormant vines and few cars were traveling up and down Route 29, which meant the views left and right were unobstructed. This is one of my favorite times of year to drive 29 […]

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