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Category: Articles

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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Book review: The World of Sicilian Wine

The World of Sicilian Wine, by Bill Nesto MW and his wife Frances di Savino, is an excellent survey of an important wine region of Italy that is all too often overlooked by wine writers. Both authors claim Sicilian roots, Nesto directly and di Savino by way of her ancestors who came to Campania via […]

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DOC Count Up to 332

Posted March 3, 2014 The playing field of Italian wine denominations was remarkably quiet for two years after the riotous commotion that led up to the shift of control over wine legislation from Rome to the European Community (see related article). However, a slow simmer of activity returned last year with an increasing number of […]

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Chianti Classico Gran Selezione — Now Official

Posted February 17, 2014 The anticipated new premium level for the wines of Chianti Classico DOCG — Gran Selezione (Great Selection) — has cleared its final hurdle and is now officially part of the Chianti Classico portfolio. Gran Selezione is a new classification above Riserva, made using grapes harvested only from the winery’s own vineyards, […]

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