Category Archives: Italy

Superb Soave Classico from Coffele

The l’Azienda Agricola Coffele has 25 hectares of horse cultivated, organically farmed Garganega, Trebbiano di Soave and other vines growing on the hillsides of the Castelcerino Cru. Up to 400 meters in elevation, the vineyards are among the highest in … Continue reading

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Chianti Rufina from Fattoria I Veroni: 2011-2014

I Veroni is one of the premiere wineries of the Chianti Rufina appellation. We review the latest releases and a vertical of the I Veroni Reserve.

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A Magnificent Wine Dinner for the Holidays by Two Outstanding Chefs

Two outstanding chefs, Domenico Cornacchia of Assaggi Osteria (right) and Driss Zahidi of Evo Bistro (left)  joined forces last evening preparing a magnificent holiday dinner for their customers.  The dinner was held at Assaggi Osteria in McLean, VA. 

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Stunning New Releases from Sicily’s Passopisciaro

Located on the volcanic slopes of Mt. Etna, Passopisciaro is an ancient vineyard which produces some of Sicily’s finest wines.   It is owned by Andrea Franchetti, who pioneered the development of wine on Mt. Etna at the turn of the … Continue reading

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Zenato Wine Dinner at Assaggi Osteria

Last evening we participated in a magnificent wine dinner with Zenato wines at Assaggi  Osteria  in McLean, Va.   Zenato is one of Italy’s finest Amarone producers and one which we highly rated in our Report #41 The Amarones of Valpolicella.  The … Continue reading

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The Roero Wines of Marco Porello

Marco Porello (shown here) is the third generation of his family to craft wines from the family estate in Roero, located northwest of Alba on the left bank of the Tanaro River in the Piedmont. Roero was previously an inland … Continue reading

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The Chianti Classico Wines of Bibbiano: Giulio Gambelli’s Legacy

Located on a side road near Lilliano in the commune of Castellina in Chianti (see map below), the 220 hectare Tenuta di Bibbiano is one of Chianti Classico’s historical wine properties. In the 1960s it was just one of 36 … Continue reading

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Anteprime Toscana 2016: The Best of Chianti Rufina

Chianti Rufina is the highest part of Chianti with altitudes up to 550 m above sea level. It has complex soils of marl, clay and calcareous sediments and has a reputation for making some of the best Sangiovese based Tuscan … Continue reading

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Campania’s Top-Rated Aglianico Producers and Their Wines

Aglianico is one of the most revered wines of Campania. In this article we review several Aglianico single varietals and blends. Aglianico is the principal grape of the DOCG Taurasi, which is grown in the province of Avellino (see map). … Continue reading

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Vertical Tasting of Vistorta Merlot (1999-2007)

Last week we had the rare opportunity to taste five vintages of  Vistorta Merlot from 1999 to 2007.  The tasting was organized by proprietor Conte Brandino Brandolini and importer Esprit du Vin.  It was held at Restaurant Fiola in Washington, DC … Continue reading

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