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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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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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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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Wine Quotes – Pliny the Elder

“In Vino Veritas (In wine, there is truth)” –Gaius Plinius Secundus, aka “Pliny the Elder”. Pliny the Elder was a Roman author and natural explorer and philosopher in the 1st century AD. He is maybe best known for writing Naturalis … Continue reading

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Intro to Falanghina (White)

Meet Falanghina (say it: Fall-an-GHEE-nuh), one of the oldest white grape varieties in Italy!  It’s believed that Greek settlers brought this variety with them to the Campi Flegrei area (near modern-day Naples)  as far back as the 7th century BCE.  … 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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