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Category: Study Aids

How the Italian Wine Professional Certification Will Complement Your Other Wine Studies

Should I pursue the IWP credential if I already have other wine certifications? Well, we asked our students, and the short answer is, “Yes.”

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Regional Roundup: Piedmont, Part 1 — Cuneo Province

Get an overview of the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, home to some of Italy’s most famous vineyards, denominations, and wineries.

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Regional Roundup: Basilicata and Calabria

Here’s an introduction to two rarely visited but fascinating Italian regions—Basilicata and Calabria—and some wines and attractions of note.

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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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Profile: Soave

Posted December 20, 2017 Summary: Soave DOC is Veneto’s most prestigious denomination for still white wine, made primarily from Garganega. The wines produced in the hilly Classico subzone are the most highly regarded, while the collocated Soave Superiore DOCG is on its way out. A small amount of sweet dessert wine is produced in the […]

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Profile: Lugana

Posted May 30, 2017 Summary: Lugana DOC is a small denomination that straddles the border between Lombardy and Veneto and produces only white wines from the high-quality Turbiana grape variety, also known as Trebbiano di Lugana. Location: Lugana lies south of Italy’s largest lake, Lago di Garda, partly in Veneto and partly in Lombardy. The […]

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Evolution in Chianti Classico

Gran Selezione and New Labeling Terms Posted June 11, 2015 For a three-century-old denomination, a lot has been going on in Chianti Classico lately. Much of the activity follows from a major scientific study known as Chianti Classico 2000, which spent 16 years (1987–2003) doing experiments in the vineyards to determine what “best practices” means […]

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Pignoletto DOC Takes the Stage

Posted December 4, 2014 Quick quiz. Pignoletto is: A. An opera by Giuseppe Verdi B. A fairy-tale puppet that magically becomes a little boy C. A sketch from The Muppet Show D. An Italian grape variety The correct answer is none of the above. Until very recently, Pignoletto was the name of a white grape […]

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