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A Guide to Franciacorta, Italy's Most Chill Wine Region

Because of its relative new-kid status, there’s a refreshing casualness to Franciacorta's wineries.<p>With flashy Lake Como to the northwest and stately Lake Garda to the east, it’s easy to overlook low-key Lake Iseo and the little wine region that tumbles from the foothills of the Alps right down to …

Italy

Aglianico Shootout, Join Us! #ItalianFWT

<b>Aglianico: King of Southern Italy</b><br>Italian wines are so much more than just Sangiovese. Have you ever tried an Aglianico based wine? Aglianico grapes …

Southern Italy

Tenuta Cucco: Rebuilding a Lost Barolo Cru

Piero Rossi Cairo is quite candid that, with the acquisition of Tenuta Cucco and rebuilding of an historic Barolo cru, he and his family are doing …

Indigenous Peoples

Italian wine reviews (tasted through December 2017, second part)

Latest Italian reviews: (297 wines): Valtellina, Franciacorta, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Bolgheri, Maremma Toscana and more

Italian Wine

Double Secret Winery: Giorgio Gianatti in Valtellina #ItalianFWT

In Valtellina it’s called Chiavennasca, but that color gives it away – Nebbiolo!<b>Valtellina, Do You Mean Valpolicella?</b><br>Ask most wine drinkers, even …

Italy

A Wine that Tickles Our Mind and Warms Our Heart: Amarone della Valpolicella

An opportunity to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Valpolicella DOC in Verona, Italy, as well as participate in the first Valpolicella Education …

Wine & Spirits

Bourbon Cocktail: SteelRoller

This bourbon cocktail from Opal in Portland’s Dossier Hotel is sublimely smooth and warming through and through.1½ oz. bourbon<br>½ oz. Aperol<br>¼ oz. Amaro …

Cocktails

New Releases from the Marche: Life Beyond Verdicchio? (Feb 2018) | Vinous - Explore All Things Wine

<b>New Releases from the Marche: Life Beyond Verdicchio?</b><p>BY IAN D'AGATA | FEBRUARY 14, 2018 <i></i><p>The baseline quality level of the Marche’s wines is among the …

Wine & Spirits

The 2013 Brunello Vintage Showcases Stunning, Radiant Wines

Energy and elegance are hallmarks of the 2013 Brunello vintage. These wines boast remarkable aging potential, and will greatly reward your …

Wine of the Italian Renaissance

The first known mention of the name “Prosecco” is attributed to the Englishman Fynes Moryson. He placed Prosecco among the famous wines of north …

Italy

The Barolo Experience

<b>Barolo, once tradition-bound and closed to the outside world, is changing and welcoming visitors to wander their wineries, visit their cellars and</b> …

It's Amore! When it Comes to Seducing with Wine, Italians do it Better

Giacomo Casanova, the quintessential Venetian lover, was no stranger to wine’s powers of mass seduction. “Gatta wine does not intoxicate, it …

Italy

A Closer Look at Trentino Alto Adige

Millesima UK Blog Ready for a break from Tuscany and Piedmont, but not yet ready to leave the world of Italian wines? Discover the wines of …

Wine & Spirits

25 years ago, a mutant American crayfish turned to asexual reproduction, and all of Europe's lakes are filling up with its clones

The marbled crayfish (<i>Procambarus virginalis</i>) is a mutant slough crayfish (<i>Procambarus fallax</i>) an American species; the mutation that allowed slough …

Biology

Rum Negroni Pineapple Sour

Ingredients:<p>1.5 ounces of Zacapa Rum<br>• 1 ounce of Camapri<br>• 1ounce of vermouth<br>• 1 ounce of pineapple juice<br>• ½ lemon, juiced<br>• 1 egg white<br>• 1/2 cup of ice<p><b>Garnish:</b> …

Can Amarone Age?

Can <i>Amarone della Valpolicella</i> age?<p>It isn’t as strange a question as it might seem. Not all wines age well, and most of the <i>Amarone</i> more than ten years …

Wine & Spirits

The Valtellina: Home of Chiavennasca

I'm a big fan of northern Italy, especially the Alpine region. Although I'm a big fan of many regions of Italy (who isn't?). I fell in love with the …

Italy

5 Ways Luigi Veronelli Wants You To Think Deeply About Italian Wine

The secret ingredient in today’s quality Italian wines is a man named Luigi Veronelli.<p>Born on this day in 1926, in Milan, capital city of Italy’s Lombardy region, Veronelli was to become one of the world’s greatest wine thinkers. Drinker, intellectual, TV personality, he was also publisher, …

Italy

A Taste of Valtellina with Nino Negri and Carpaccio #Vino #Travel #Italy

High Altitude Wines of Distinction<p>Valtellina may be one of Italy’s lesser known regions, but it is truly a hidden gem. I was able to spend some time …

Wine Wednesday: Wines from the Valtellina Area in Lombardy (#ItalianFWT Preview for February 3rd Chat)

Italian Food, Wine and Travel Travels to the Valtellina region in Lombardy this weekend. This Saturday February 3nd you’ll get a sampling of what our …

Cooking

Should Chianti Classico Be a Varietal Wine?

Does a little splash of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or Merlot ruin Chianti Classico?<p>It would be an interesting question to pose to Giovanni Poggiali, …

Wine & Spirits

Behind the scenes when a Brunello vintage is rated

<i>Each new vintage of Brunello di Montalcino is given an official rating of up to five stars. Alessandro Torcoli, editor of the Italian wine trade</i> …

Vintage

Amarone for Newbies: Intro to One of Italy’s Great Wines

A primer on one of Italy's greats.

Wine & Spirits

Updates from Montalcino’s Tenuta Biondi Santi

The iconic cypress-lined drive to Tenuta Greppo in Montalcino ushers you through a quiet and shady passageway onto the spiritual birthplace of …

Wine & Spirits

Godello

@castgabbiano in light of expression and meaning<p>A return visit at Castello di Gabbiano<p>Federico Cerelli is Chianti Classico’s new renaissance ranger, …

Wine & Spirits

Wine Between Two Seas in Puglia (#ItalianFWT)

Shares 45<p>Happy New Year to all of you.<p>Exploring wine between the two seas in Puglia at #ItalianFWT<p>Let’s start this first <b>#ItalianFWT chat</b> of 2018 with …

Italy

A Three-Day Trek Along Prosecco Road Is Italy’s Bubbliest, Best-Kept Secret

4 minute Read<p>There has never been a better time to get into bubbles. Sommeliers almost universally love Champagne, and, across America, our …

Brunello Riserva 2012 five stars

<i>Brunello Riserva is an extraordinary wine because it can last for decades. At Casato Prime Donne it is produced only in the best harvests</i><p>Brunello di …

6 Vineyards to Visit in Campania—Italy’s Innovative Wine Region

Ah, fabled Campania, the Southern Italian region that encompasses the ruins of Pompeii and Paestum, the sybaritic Amalfi Coast’s towns of Positano …

Great value Italian wines made by cooperatives

Italy’s cooperative wineries may lack the glamour of its single estates, but they offer a wealth of riches for savvy wine lovers. Simon Reilly …

Wine & Spirits