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Exploring Two Boutique Wines of Marche

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Marche

Italy’s wine region Marche (pronounced “mark-eh”) is neither the largest nor the smallest of Italian wine regions, and lies midway down on Italy’s eastern shore, on the beautiful Adriatic. When choosing which grapes to highlight for this region, I might have gone for the ubiquitous Verdicchio on the white front and Sangiovese or Montepulciano on the red front — all famous in the Marche region — but those are, well, ubiquitous; my focus here is on boutique wines. Continue reading

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Wines of Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is Italy’s most northeastern wine region. It shares borders with Austria, Slovenia and Venice and, according to lifeinitaly.com, is “by far the most easily accessible region from outside of Italy and has traditionally acted as a gateway for Germanic and Slavic invaders over the centuries.” Some of her wines originate from Slovenia, and others have historical significance due to their influence in ancient noble circles.

In my first article about Friuli-Venezia Giulia, I talked about the three regions of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto combined are called Tre Venezie, which means Three Venices. According to Karen MacNeil’s The Wine Bible, Tre Venezie is known for making “Italy’s most stylish, highest quality white wines, including some of the raciest sparkling wines,…[along with] a slew of fascinating reds.”

In this series on Italian wine regions, I’m highlighting a red and white varietal from each region. Continue reading

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Pairing Wine and Cereal

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Gary Vaynerchuk’s “What Wine Pairs With Cereal?” – Episode #734

On my Facebook page this week, I posted George Carlin’s profound question, “What wine goes with Captain Crunch?” In response, my friend Len sent me Gary Vaynerchuk’s hilarious WineLibrary TV episode from five years ago entitled “What Wine Pairs with Cereal.” Continue reading

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Exploring Trentino-Alto Adige Wines

Trentino-Alto Adige

Trentino-Alto Adige

Nestled in northern Italy, at the “boot’s” upper cuff, right below the Austrian and Swiss borders, lies the Italian wine region Trentino-Alto Adige. Trentino-Alto Adige is one of the three northeastern regions of Italy. The other two regions are Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto. The three regions combined are called Tre Venezie, which means Three Venices. According to Karen MacNeil’s The Wine Bible, Tre Venezie is known for making “Italy’s most stylish, highest quality white wines, including some of the raciest sparkling wines,…[along with] a slew of fascinating reds.” Continue reading

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