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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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Italian Wine Regions: Abruzzo

Abruzzo [say it: ah-BRUT-zo], on the east coast of central Italy, is a region full of color:  the deep blue of the Adriatic sea, the grey of the mountains and castles from centuries past, greens of the national parks, and … 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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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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Tasty Note: Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese DOC 2011

What on earth is “Grignolino“, you ask?  It’s a somewhat unappreciated Italian black grape variety that has its home in Italy’s prominent Piedmont region, in the areas of Asti and Monferrato.  It makes wines that are light, fruity, quaffable, and … Continue reading

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