Category: Lifestyle

Holiday Gift Ideas from Southern Italy

Wine gift suggestions for Christmas and other end-of-year festivities from Southern Italy and the Islands

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Holiday Wine Gift Ideas from Central Italy

Wine gift suggestions for Christmas and other end-of-year festivities from Tuscany and elsewhere in Central Italy

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Holiday Gift Ideas from Northern Italy

Wine gift suggestions for Christmas and other end-of-year festivities from Northern Italy

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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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Spritzing into Spring

Posted April 21, 2014 At cafés in Verona, and throughout Italy generally, it seems that everyone is drinking a radioactive-orange beverage in a wineglass. Welcome to the Age of the Spritz. Although it has been around for decades, the Spritz appears to have caught fire (perhaps literally, based on the color) a few years ago, […]

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Surviving — No, Thriving — at Vinitaly

By Geralyn Brostrom, posted March 8, 2014 First-timers to Vinitaly, after a few days going from booth to booth tasting excellent Italian wines from all over the country, often look a bit shell-shocked. Without ever attending, it is easy to see how Vinitaly might be mistaken for just another large “walk-around” trade tasting. It is […]

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