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Category: Lifestyle

My Vinitaly Kaleidoscope

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April into May Events and Remembrances

Several significant national holidays and events are marked in Italy as we pass from in April into May. April 25: Il Giorno della Liberazione Il Giorno della Liberazione (Liberation Day), also known as La Festa de la Resistenza (Celebration of the Resistance), is typically a day of celebration, as the name infers. The 25th is […]

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Regional Roundup: Basilicata and Calabria

This month we look at two Italian regions—Basilicata and Calabria—that are unfamiliar to a lot of people unless they happen to have relatives that came from there or perhaps have a local restaurant that is run by someone from there. Let’s start with Basilicata (ba-zee-lee-KAH-ta). Medium in size, it has the third smallest total population […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas from Southern Italy

If you still need to find that perfect gift, southern Italy could be your best bet! This week we finish up our suggestions with wines from Italy’s sun-drenched south, where we find lots of indigenous varieties, lots of value, lots of rosato (pink) wines, and some of the hottest (aka hip) categories on the market. […]

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Holiday Wine Gift Ideas from Central Italy

Last week we suggested holiday gift ideas from northern Italy.  If you didn’t get to your shopping or couldn’t find anything that fit your gift list last week, here are ideas from the heart of Italy. As with every region in Italy, you’ll find both the familiar and some surprises. Whether you want to find […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas from Northern Italy

Although there are only twelve days of Christmas, there are 20 Italian wine regions to choose from when trying to find that perfect gift for the wine lover on your list. This week we go to the north, home of a deep and broad bench of powerful reds and whites, as well as a multitude […]

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Regional Roundup: Veneto

The locomotive of the Italian wine train is the region of Veneto (pronounced VAY-neh-toh or VEH-neh-toh, but not veh-NEE-toh), which is responsible for nearly a quarter of all of Italy’s wine production. It is located in the northeast of the country, stretching from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea. On Veneto’s Adriatic coast is its […]

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Regional Roundup: Marche

This month, we turn the spotlight on the Italian region of Marche. Le Marche (lay MAR-kay), occasionally referred to by the English equivalent The Marches, is located on the eastern (Adriatic) coast of the Italian peninsula and is best known for white wines made from Verdicchio, with its hallmark high acidity. One of Italy’s lesser-known […]

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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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