Category Archives: Historical Stuff

Wine FAQ: Should I decant my wine?

FAQ:  Do I need to decant wines before drinking them or not? A: A common (and often disputed) question, indeed!  The short answer is:  It depends. Let’s start with the basics about what a decanter is and its history. What is … Continue reading

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The Italian Connection: Beaujolais Crus & Ancient Rome

The end of November is here and with it our tables are being adorned with French Beaujolais.  This ritualistic gulping down of Beaujolais is for good reason – not only is the freshly harvested and vinified Nouveau released on the … 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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3 Italian Wines for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us!  The patron saint of Ireland and his feast day are unsurprisingly associated in most people’s minds with Irish heritage, shamrocks, the color green, green-stained rivers, tall glasses of green beer, and well, college kids … Continue reading

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New Year’s (Wine) Resolutions!

2016 is upon us, and many us have made new resolutions for a new year.  And what’s better to help you with those resolutions than some Italian vino?  Here’s a guide to which Italian wine should accompany each of your … Continue reading

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W(h)ine & Sign: Save Lugana!

Italian wine and Italian landscape lovers alike are working together to prevent the potential destruction of the beautiful region of Lugana, near the border of the Veneto and Lombardia regions. Lugana DOC is home to about 1,005 hectares of vines … Continue reading

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Haunted Vines: Poveglia, Venice

In the spirit of Halloween, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you one particularly spooky spot where grapevines do grow: Poveglia, the ghostly island of Venice. All but abandoned, the island of Poveglia has in recent history … Continue reading

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