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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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Will We See the 74th DOCG Soon?

Posted January 23, 2014 [Note: Nizza DOCG was approved as of December 2014, making it the 74th DOCG; others have been added since.—ed.] Proposed Nizza DOCG Moves Forward After two years of utter calm, there may be some stirrings of activity in the list of denominations in Italy. If the wine growers in the area […]

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Secrets of the Trebbiano Family

Posted November 8, 2013 Trebbiano is the second most planted grape variety in Italy. Or is it? The answer depends on how liberal your definition of Trebbiano is, because there are several different subtypes of Trebbiano around Italy—and it appears that most of them are not really related. [Ed. note: Since this article was written, […]

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Amarone 101

What is this delectable drink we call Amarone? And how is it made? Amarone is a dried-grape wine made using the appassimento (ah-pah-see-men-toh) method—a process whereby grapes are left to dry for several months and then pressed once they have lost between 40% and 50% of their original weight. Grapes are picked while they still […]

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Amarone Families DC Tasting & Seminar

Posted October 10, 2013 Amarone Families Makes Its Mark on DC Despite Government Shutdown Amarone aficionados turned out in record numbers for a seminar and walk-around tasting in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2013. Held at the sleek, modern chancery of the Italian Embassy, the event kicked off the U.S. portion of the Amarone Families’ […]

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Statistics Updates and Analysis for 2012

The Italian wine statistics at Italian Wine Central have recently been updated to the most current available data as of September 1, 2013. If you’re into statistics, you may be interested in a few of the highlights of the new information. Realize, however, that these statistics—all drawn from official sources—are still considered estimates and forecasts […]

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11/30/11: The Day the DOCs Stood Still

After frenetic jockeying for position in 2011, the music stopped Posted July 31, 2013 In 2008, the European Union officially began the process of “normalizing” agricultural policy throughout the EU. Translation: Regulatory control of agriculture was to be taken away from the member countries and consolidated within the European Commission instead. For the wine industry, […]

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