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France Overtakes Italy in Wine Production for 2014

Posted November 5, 2014 The OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine) has released its early estimates of the global wine production volume for 2014, and as expected, it’s France’s turn at the head of the pack this year. After two disappointing harvests in a row, France’s 2014 harvest came in above average in volume, […]

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Interview With Nizza Producers About Their Nascent DOCG

Posted August 10, 2014 With the Nizza DOCG nearing reality, Italian Wine Central interviewed some leading producers of Barbera d’Asti DOCG Superiore from the Nizza subzone about the future of this region. The participants were Stefano Chiarlo, winemaker at Michele Chiarlo; Luca Currado, winemaker at Vietti; Erika Abate, export manager for Bersano; and Ignazio Giovine, […]

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News Brief: Barolo and Barbaresco Now Belong to the World

Posted June 23, 2014 UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) on June 22, 2014, added Barolo and Barbaresco to the list of World Heritage sites. The Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato (Italy) joins about 1,000 other sites around the world that are recognized by UNESCO for their “outstanding universal value.” […]

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Book review: Native Wine Grapes of Italy

“Definitive” is the term that comes to mind for this book. It is rare to find a book that seems to cover its subject so thoroughly that it banishes the thought of needing any further resource on the matter, but Native Wine Grapes of Italy by Ian D’Agata is such a book. Make no mistake—this […]

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DOCG and DOC Going Away? Not Anytime Soon

Posted May 28, 2014 Under the new European Union wine law that went into effect in 2008, DOC and DOCG were technically lumped together in the new quality wine designation of DOP (PDO in English). Everyone studying for a wine test breathed a sigh of relief, because they wouldn’t have to memorize the growing list […]

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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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News from Vinitaly 2014

Dignitaries, a World's Fair, the Jolly Roger, and Promising Whites The largest gathering of Italian wine in the world—Vinitaly—took place, as it has for nearly 50 years, in Verona, Italy, April 6–9, 2014. An estimated 155,000 visitors attended this year’s fair (seemingly all of them on Sunday the 6th), tasting wine from some 4,000 producers. […]

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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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