Italy in a Sip

By AVANTi | About Italian Wine

Scientists Just Discovered a 6,000-Year-Old Italian Wine

Trace residue of vino was found inside an ancient storage jar in Sicily.<p>It’s no surprise that Italy's love affair with wine runs deep. Italy is the largest wine-producing country in the world, Italians drink 13.6 billion glasses of vino a year, and there's even a free, 24-hour wine fountain along …

The many wines of the Barbera grape

<b>PUBLISHED:</b> 11:47 24 August 2017 | <b>UPDATED:</b> 11:47 24 August 2017<p>Il Cascinone.<p>Archant<p>Barbera is an Italian grape variety that has been planted in Italy …

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Winemaking History: 5,000-Year-Old Wine Found In Italy

Archaeologists may have found some of the oldest wine in the world, just the tiniest bit left over on the inside of a clay jar from more than 5,000 …

Archaeology

What you need to know about sangiovese, Italy's biggest-selling grape

Sangiovese is Italy's numero uno grape.<p>Forget about across-the-board quality, or mystique, or any other subjective, debatable factor you can think of, and just focus on volume. No other grape variety, red or white — and there are hundreds of Italian grape varieties — is grown or made into more wine …

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The Real Reason Why the Italian IGT Was Created? Government Money

3 minute Read<p>Perhaps the most confusing part of looking at an Italian wine label — or any European wine label, for that matter — is the appellation …

Grapes

Everything you need to know about Prosecco

Prosecco may be simple to say, but it is a surprisingly complex product. We guide you through the intricacies of this popular Italian sparkling wine, …

Prosecco

Fifty Years Of Chianti Classico's Best Kept Secret Castello di Monsanto's Single Vineyard Il Poggio

Italian wine didn’t used to be very good.<p>Hard as it is to accept today, especially if you’re younger and never experienced the wine in <i>fiaschi</i>, but for thousands of years the vino was crude, peasant plonk. Actually, who knows what the wine of Augustus tasted like, but one can imagine.<p>These days, …

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Italy's Piedmont region serves up elegant wines

Be warned: sometimes there's a hefty alcohol content.

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Italy’s Verdicchio yields surprises

This week’s column is being filed from Barolo, in the heart of Piedmont, Italy

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4 wines that show nebbiolo doesn't have to be Italy's blockbuster version of Grange

Vineyard worker picks Nebbiolo grapes in Novello, near Cuneo, Italy. Barolo wine is produced in Cuneo province in Italy’s Piedmont region. Photo: …

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Let's Talk Wine: Try these wines from Tuscany

Seems like everyone chose Italy for their summer vacation this year. Beautiful photographs are being shared over social media – especially images of …

Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: Sampling one of Italy's finest: Amarone

There are a number of Italian wines that rank in the first class on an ongoing basis, world-class wines consistently sought for their excellence and …

Five Super Wines From Central Italy

There’s a big advantage picking your Italian wines from regions less famous, like Umbria and Lazio, than celebrity spots such as Tuscany: you get a lot better wine for your money.<p>I learnt this lesson, again, over dinner recently with Dominga Cotarella of the Falesco estate in Montecchio, Umbria. …

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Sommelier's picks: Italian wines from Potente's Vinny Montecuollo

Who: Vincenzo Montecuollo, wine director at Potente<p>Background: Growing up in a small coastal town 30 minutes north of Naples, Montecuollo first …

Travel

Soave, a perfect vino to chaperone meatballs

ISACS is the founder and CEO of EnjoyGourmet, a leading gourmet digital (www.enjoygourmet.com.cn) and print media company in China. He has authored …

Italian Reds: Easy-Drinking Wines for Summer Dinners

As the weather starts to warm up, Italian herbs such as basil, oregano, thyme and rosemary just call out to be served with grilled poultry, pasta and …

The best of barbera

Barolo and Barbaresco are the big bucks offerings from Piedmont, but to enjoy all the flavour of the Nebbiolo grape at a fraction of the price barbera is the one to go for<p><b>Asda</b> <b>Extra Special Barbera d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy 2014 (£5.48)</b> Nebbiolo may be the grape variety behind Piedmont’s strongest …

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Off the vine: Highly rated wines can be a high stakes gamble

Robert Parker Jr., the attorney turned world-renowned wine critic, has my respect. It was Parker who many years ago established the 100 point scale …

Boyd on wine: Introduction to Sicilian wine

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | June 13, 2017<p>There are many things to like about Italy, not the least is the broad selection of wines this sunny peninsula …

The Italian job - much has changed in the Chianti region

Among the big gongs are the Decanter World Wine Awards, the world's largest wine competition - and this year more than 17,000 wines were submitted. …

Campania’s white wines: Crisp, clean, and new

Let’s kick off summer with some new and obscure white wines from Campania, Italy.<p>Campania is located in the lower ‘shin of the Italian boot’ on the …

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Franciacorta and Ca’ del Bosco

If I ask you to think about sparkling wine, Champagne will most likely be the first to come to mind. If I ask you to think about sparkling wine from …

Another reason to visit Italy: Celebrity awards for Italian wine from Tre Bicchieri (3 Glasses)

<b>Power</b><p>Annually, Gambero Rosso, an Italy-based organization, reviews and selects what they determine are the best recently-released Italian wines. The …

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Pecorino: Italy's 'hot and trendy' white grape

Italian wine producer Umani Ronchi is championing the indigenous white grape variety Pecorino, calling it the “hot and trendy” Italian grape of the …

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10 Vineyards In Italy Every Wine Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

Journey to the land where fermented liquid gold is made<p>The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Versace and pasta.<p>Among the many reasons to love Italy, it is most …

Alto Piemonte ‘an incredible alternative to Burgundy’

Nebbiolos from the little-known region of Alto Piemonte in the foothills of the Alps offer “an incredible alternative to Burgundy”, according to …

The best wines from Southern Italy

With due respect to prosecco and pinot grigio, the more exciting growth story in Italian wine over the past generation or so has had to do with quality, not sales numbers. And it has emerged not from the north but from the land down under, so to speak. Perhaps you've heard: The south has been …

Under the Tuscan Sun

click to enlarge<p>Given that this week's dining column highlights Cucina Toscana restaurant, I thought it would be a good time to get familiar with the …