Category Archives: Italy

2021 Italian Rosatos of Sangiovese & Other Varieties

Italian rosatos (rosés) are made throughout Italy from a large number of grape varieties including Nerello Mascalese from Mt Etna, Nero D’Avola from elsewhere in Sicily, Aglianico from Campana, Barbera and Nebbiolo from the Piedmont, Grenache (Gamay di Trasimeno) from … Continue reading

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Italy’s Rosé from a White Grape: Valentino Butussi’s Pinot Grigio Ramato

The Valentino Butussi vineyard and winery are located in one of the most charming parts of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the small town called Corno di Rosazzo.  Overlooking (see photo) the vineyards of Corno di Rosazzo is the Abbey of Rosazzo, which … Continue reading

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Italian Wines from the Cellar Paired with Roberto Donna’s Cooking

Roberto Donna, is one of the pioneers of Italian alta cucina in Washington DC, especially at Galileo. [If you are of a certain age, you may have seen the video of him with Julia Child in her program, In Julia’s … Continue reading

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More Interesting Grapes and Wines from Italy

Italy has a mind-boggling number of indigenous and international grape varieties and wine appellations. In this article, we review some of the more interesting ones recently sent to us for review.  They include well-known indigenous varieties like Grillo and Nero … Continue reading

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Current Releases from Sicily’s Mt. Etna

Some of Sicily’s most exciting wines are grown on the northern and eastern slopes of Mt. Etna [see map below] where we spent several days for our report on the Wines of Sicily.  Mt. Etna is one of the most … Continue reading

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Special Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers: Selections from the Finest Wines Reviewed in 2021

What to give a friend who appreciates and is knowledgeable about wine?  In this article, we give our recommendations based on the many fine wines we’ve tasted this year.  The list includes Champagne, Sparkling Rosé, California Pinot Noir, Napa Cabernet … Continue reading

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Contratto: Excellent Vermouths from the Piedmont

Made from 19th century recipes, the Contratto Vermouth and Vermouth-like aperitifs are some of the most appealing we’ve tasted. While often used as a base for cocktails, they’re also delicious by themselves over ice with a twist of citrus. The … Continue reading

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Chinato and Quinquina from Italy’s Piedmont, South Africa’s Swartlands, and the Columbia Valley

While technically not a Vermouth, Chinato is similar in its infusion of herbs and spices. What’s different is the addition of Cinchona. Cinchona is the dried bark of the South American tree that is a source of quinine and used … Continue reading

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Contratto of Alta Langa: An Impressive Showing of Metodo Clasico

Italy makes some of the world’s great sparkling wines.  We’re used to tasting the superb ones coming out of Franciacorta as well as Trento. Now, Piedmont’s Contratto joins this elite group.  Contratto was founded in 1867 by Giuseppe Contratto, making … Continue reading

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The Sordo Barolos from Eight Different Crus

The Azienda Agricola Giovanni Sordo is a family run vineyard with a century long history in Barolo. With 8 vineyards covering 53 hectares in 5 different municipalities, no other winery in Barolo has access to as many crus as does … Continue reading

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