Category Archives: Italian Wine FAQ

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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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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A Grape By Any Other Name: Cannonau & Grenache

*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. Cannonau is most closely associated with the island of Sardegna where it is widely planted.  … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Buddies: Rosso Conero + Dark Chocolate with Cherry and Almond

So, how to go about pairing chocolate and wine is a well-beaten topic, with only minimal agreement on what works and what doesn’t.  Some insist there is a way, others declare pairing chocolate with any wine is a total lie.  … Continue reading

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Can’t Hardly Wait – Drink or Cellar White Wines?

A common wine fudge and misconception is the older the wine, the better the wine. We’ve all been brought up hearing references by suave characters in film, TV, and literature, sipping on some aged wine or booze of some sort. … Continue reading

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What’s a “Super Tuscan”?

If I say Tuscany, you will probably think Chianti.  But there’s of course much more than Chianti to be found from Tuscan wines.  The one I’ll focus on here is the so-called Super Tuscan: a nickname for Tuscan wine stars … Continue reading

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Italian Wine History, Briefishly

Where does wine come from originally?  A. Italy B. France C. Napa Valley D. None of the above Those of you that answered “D. None of the above” are correct (and probably like myself assume that when provided with the … Continue reading

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