Category Archives: Italian Wine FAQ

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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Autumn Aperitivo – Cocchi Americano Rosa

Need something to take the edge off the work day and stimulate your appetite for the fall?  Look no further than one ruby red bottle: Cocchi Americano Rosa. Cocchi [say it: Co-KEE] is a vino aromatizzato (=a wine that has … 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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FAQ: Do European wines have less sulfites?

FAQs:  Do European wines have less sulfites than American wines? Are European wines made without sulfites? The answer to the above questions and any variation thereof is: Nope. Often when I speak with excited Americans who have just been traveling … Continue reading

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Is Red Wine the Secret to a Long Life?

Wine and especially red wine have long been a hot topic in terms of health and its benefits.  There seems to be a lack of complete consensus on the topic, regarding if the benefits outweigh any negative effects and even … Continue reading

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Lazio Wines Cheat Sheet

Visitors to the Rome’s home region of Lazio will be glad to know that the wine flows ceaselessly, like so much water through the historic fountains of the city! Whats more, it’s been decorating and staining our tables since even … Continue reading

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What’s That Mean? Understanding Italian Wine Labels

There’s a lot of info on those labels, and being in Italian certainly doesn’t make it look less mysterious to non-Italian speakers…  However the good news is that with respect to world wine labels, Italian labels are relatively easy to … Continue reading

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