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Piemonte’s Distinctive Arneis and Barbera Wines



In this current series on Italian wine regions, we are highlighting a single red and white wine that are most distinct to each wine region. In this third installment, we stop in Piemonte, which cups Valle D’Aosta to the south and east. It is one of the larger Italian wine regions, with five broad zones that span eight provinces. Continue reading

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Veneto Working to Overcome a Substandard Wine Reputation



Long ago, when Barbarian hordes descended from the Alps upon what is today Italy’s Veneto region, villagers hid in the watery, high marsh grasses surrounding what is now Venice. These hardy and resilient people ultimately produced one of the world’s most wondrous cities, and one of Italy’s most prolific wine regions. Percentage-wise, she claims among the highest wine production, many DOC/G zones (designated high quality wine zones), and also the first Italian school for oenology and wine viticulture, established in 1885. She was also ahead of her time establishing the first strada del vino, or “wine road,” complete with roadside signs with information about grapes and wines. The more adventurous wine lover can travel this road by bicycle (bearing in mind there are hills). Continue reading

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Demystifying Italian wines, one region at a time, starting with Valle D’Aosta



Two and a half years ago, as I was preparing for a trip to Italy, I did a series on the Italian wine regions.

Studying the Italian wine regions was a ton of fun, but it made me realize how much more there is to learn and how mystifying Italian wines can be.

In this series of posts, we are going to drill down into one or more wines indigenous to each Italian wine region and give you an overview of flavors and characteristics, so you can be better equipped to make right pairing choices when considering fine Italian wine. Continue reading

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Honoring Wine from Each U.S. State

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! In honor of this holiday, I thought it would be fun to look at the wine made in each of the 50 states. Many people don’t realize that wine is produced in all 50 states. While California produces 89 percent of all US wine, the remaining 11 percent still represents a substantial amount of fermented juice. Continue reading

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