Category Archives: Italy

Bibbiano Chianti Classico: New Releases

Located in the commune of Castellina in Chianti, the 220 hectare Tenuta di Bibbiano is one of Chianti Classico’s historical wine properties. We’ve visited the estate and tasted several vintages of Bibbiano’s wines over the years. And we recorded an … Continue reading

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2019 Vintage Rosés from Around the World

Today, good quality rosé wines are made all over the world. In this article we focus on some of the most popular 2019 rosés on the market in the US.  The wines reviewed here are from Provence and other areas … Continue reading

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Tenuta Santa Maria: New Valpolicella and Amarone Releases

The sixth generation of the Bertani family maintains the family tradition of producing quality Veronese wines at their Tenuta Santa Maria estate.  They make a range of wines from Soave to Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Ripasso and Amarone della Valpolicella.  The Gaetano brothers … Continue reading

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Natural Wine Gains Respect: Recommended Italian Producers

After much deliberation, the French have finally officially recognized “natural” wine. From now on, producers who farm organically, harvest by hand, ferment with ambient yeast, and avoid manipulative practices like flash pasteurisation, thermovinification, reverse osmosis, and cross-flow filtration can label … Continue reading

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Bertani’s Current Releases from Soave and Valpolicella

Founded in 1857, Bertani is one of Valpolicella’s most illustrious producers of Amarone with over 200 hectares of vineyards in the province of Verona.  Over the decades, this winery has demonstrated its ability to produce wines of extraordinary purity and … Continue reading

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Single Vineyard 2015 Nebbiolos from Roero’s Malvirà

  Malvirà is one of Roero’s most prestigious wine estates. It produces some serious red wines made from the Piedmont’s Nebbiolo grape. In this article, we review their single vineyard Roeros, mostly from the 2015 vintage but also including a … Continue reading

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The Friuli Wines of Perusini from Corno di Rosazzo

The Perusini ronchi di Gramogliano winery is located in Italy’s Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region, which produces some of the finest wines of Italy. Sandwiched between the Adriatic Sea to the south and the Julian Alps to the north, Friuli’s cool climate is … Continue reading

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Di Giovanna: New Releases from Sicily

Sicily’s Di Giovanna winery has 56 hectares of organically certified vineyards spread across five different vineyard sites at relatively high elevations in the DOCs of Contessa Entellina and Sambuca di Sicilia. Two vineyards are located in the Monte Genuardo Nature … Continue reading

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Champagnes & Sparkling Wines for the Holidays: The Best of 2018

Champagne and sparkling wines are especially popular during the Holidays. Families and friends toast their friendship and welcome the new year with the bubbles that convey a sense of celebration and joy.  To help guide your purchases of Champagne and … Continue reading

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Pio Cesare’s Wines from Italy’s Piedmont: Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera d’Alba

We sat down the other day with Pio Boffa and daughter Federica to taste the current releases of Pio Cesare. Pio showed us the quite different 2014 and 2013 vintages of Barbaresco and Barolo, and Federica pulled out two older … Continue reading

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