Category Archives: Italy

Maso Cantanghel of Trentino: Current Releases

In 2006 Lorenzo Simoni and his son Federico purchased a small 2 hectare (now totaling 6 hectares) vineyard called Maso Cantanghel in the village of Civezzano, located in a high mountain valley east of Trento. They viewed its high altitude … Continue reading

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Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine by Daniele Cernilli

If you have room for only one book on Italian wine, this is the one to have. Daniele Cernilli (Doctor Wine)  is Italy’s foremost wine critic. He created and edited Gambero Rosso for 24 years before beginning his new annual … Continue reading

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La Bellanotte of Friuli Isonzo: Current Releases

La Bellanotte has a lengthy, illustrious history, but its modern winemaking dates only from 2000 when Paolo Benassi, son of the owner, Giuliana Guadagni, assumed management of the estate. Located in Farra d’Isonzo, it currently has 8 hectares of vines … Continue reading

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The Di Giovanna Wines of Sicily

The Di Giovanna family traces its winemaking origins back to 1860 when Cristoforo Ciaccio planted his first vineyards in 1860. Today, brothers Klaus and Gunther Di Giovanna manage this Sicilian family estate located southwest of Palermo.  Its 56 hectares of … Continue reading

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Barolo and Barbaresco: Recent Tastings from Top Producers

The Langhe offers ideal growing conditions for Nebbiolo, and the producers we review here are among the finest at crafting both Barolo and Barbaresco.  Not only do they source from the finest vineyards in the region, they apply great talent … Continue reading

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Prosecco, Prosecco Superiore, & Cartizze: Incredible Values from the Best Producers

Sales of Prosecco are exploding in the US, UK, Italy, and everywhere else where consumers seek sparkling wine at an affordable price. In this article, we review the best of the current releases.  Those who can afford to drink Champagne … Continue reading

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Friuli Isonzo: The Wines of Lis Neris

When 4th generation wine grower Alvaro Pecorari assumed management of the family’s San Lorenzo Isontino estate in 1982, he put the focus on quality. Today Lis Neris is widely regarded as one of Friuli’s outstanding wineries and one of the … Continue reading

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Friuli Wines from the Collio DOCG: Borgo del Tiglio

Nicola Manferrari is one of Italy’s great white winemakers. We recently visited Nicola at his winery in the small village of Brazzano located just outside Cormòns. Brazzano is the location of his special, old vine vineyards that produce the fruit … Continue reading

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Edi Keber’s Collio Bianco from Friuli: 2013-2015

We recently visited Edi Keber and his son Kristian at their winery and vineyard in the small village of Zegla, located just a stone’s throw away from the Slovenian border. Edi Keber has always been on the cutting edge of … Continue reading

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Vie di Romans’ Exciting Friuli White Wines: 2014-15

Gianfranco Gallo crafts some of Friuli’s most impressive white wines at his 53 hectare estate in the commune of Mariano del Friuli in the Isonzo Valley, just south of the Collio DOCG. His vineyards are located in the best part … Continue reading

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