Author Archives: Aubrie Talarico

What Wine Pairs with Slayer and Vivaldi? Pairing Music & Wine

The relationship between food and wine and the benefits of pairing them correctly is a well versed topic.  Food and wine are meant to compliment each other, work together, each making the other more enjoyable.  But have you ever thought … Continue reading

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Truly Old Vines

Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco The Last Supper, located on the refectory wall of the Milanese church Santa Maria delle Grazie, is among one of the most easily recognized works of Italian art.  But did you know that payment for it … Continue reading

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A Grape By Any Other Name: Traminer Aromatico & Gewurztraminer

*A Grape By Any Other Name posts are about exploring different grape varieties known by other names or nicknames, both inside and outside of Italy. Traminer Aromatico gets its name from the grape Traminer (named after the village of Tramin … Continue reading

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Italian Wine Regions: Friuli-Venezia Giulia

This northern region snuggled up closely with Slovenia has a long history (evidence suggests 20,000 years of human occupation) and with it a very interesting viticultural one too.  The Friuli territory has been on the wine map for quite some … Continue reading

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FAQ: Where does the “Grigio” come from in Pinot Grigio?

FAQ: Doesn’t “grigio” mean “grey”?  Aren’t Pinot Grigio wines white…?  Where does the name come from? Short Answer: Pinot Grigio, is technically a “grey” grape!  Its wines range in style from pale lemon to deep gold to orange. Longer Answer:  … Continue reading

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Friday the 17th – Origins of the Unlucky

You might have heard of the unlucky nature of the number 13, especially when it falls on a Friday in some parts of the world, but in Italy the number 13 is actually a good one!  Except in one very … Continue reading

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There’s Something About Montalcino: The Micro-Terroir Debate

To subdivide or not to subdivide…that is the question! Wine-o’s who love a serious red wine probably already know about Tuscany’s precious red gem of Brunello di Montalcino.  But what do you know about the region’s micro-terroirs?  These seemingly small … Continue reading

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