Emilia-Romagna Wine Picks



In our virtual wine tour, we linger a little longer in the north of Italy, just under the boot “cuff,” namely in Emilia-Romagna, one of Italy’s wealthiest and most robust areas. This region stretches out from her central capital city Bologna almost coast to coast, east from the Ligurian Sea to the Adriatic on the western shore. As you might expect, being virtually bound on two sides by water in a historically trade-dense and tumultuous area, Emilia-Romagna has a rich and lively history that influences her wine production even today. Continue reading

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Puglia’s Aleatico and Bombino Bianco

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According to Lonely Planet, “Puglia is comprised of sun-bleached landscapes, silver olive groves, picturesque seascapes, and memorable hilltop and coastal towns. It is a lush, largely flat farming region, skirted by a long coast that alternates between glittering limestone precipices and long sandy beaches… In a land where the cuisine is all-important, Puglia’s cucina povera (peasant cooking) is legendary. Olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, eggplants, artichokes, peppers, salami, mushrooms, olives and fresh seafood strain its table.”

Puglia (from “Apulia” — ‘without rain’) is home to several varieties of honest wine. “Honest” because these unpretentious wines are undemanding, thriving in a hot, dry, often difficult environment. Puglia is one of Italy’s consistently hottest and driest regions. This region occupies the lower end of Italy, from the ‘spur’ to the ‘heel.’ as it were, divided into six provinces. Continue reading

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Stemware Composition 101

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Thanks to Wine Folly, I am pleased to tell you that I now know the difference between glass, crystal, and lead-free crystal. You might know this very well. But I have to say that I’ve had a fuzzy understanding, at best, for many years. Wine Folly shed some much needed light on the subject in their article entitled “7 Basics to Service Wine and Glassware.”

This table summarizes what I learned. Continue reading

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Exploring Two Ligurian Wine Varietals



Perhaps one of the most interesting from a geographical standpoint of all of Italy’s wine regions is the tiny region of Liguria. According to Discover Italy’s website, “The Cinque Terre and the Gulf of Poets, the Gulf of Tigullio, Genoa and Paradise Gulf, the Riviera delle Palme and the Riviera dei Fiori make up the famous coast of Liguria which stretches from Ameglia to Ventimiglia, for more than 300 km (186 mi).” Continue reading

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