Tag Archives: Vino

Tasty Note: Cascina Roccalini Barbaresco 2010

The Wine: Cascina Roccalini – Barbaresco Vintage (=year): 2010 Producer: Roccalini Classified: DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) I Paid: ~$46 Grape: 100% Nebbiolo Region/Location: Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy A.B.V (Alcohol by Volume): 14.5% Aged: 20 months in large format … 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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Franciacorta’s Renaissance: Acari + Danesi & SoloUva

Franciacorta, a celebrated sparkling wine/region of Lombardia, has recently been given a chance to make a radical shift.  But unlike scenarios where a revamp or major production change comes about due to quality problems or a slump in market interest, … Continue reading

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There’s Something About Montalcino: The Micro-Terroir Debate

To subdivide or not to subdivide…that is the question! Wine-o’s who love a serious red wine probably already know about Tuscany’s precious red gem of Brunello di Montalcino.  But what do you know about the region’s micro-terroirs?  These seemingly small … 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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Italian Wine Regions: Campania

Campania is not only the home region of Naples and pizza- it also has a long history with viticulture (=grape growing) and viniculture (=wine making).  Long before the Roman Empire’s well-known romance with wine, the Etruscans, the Aurunci and the … Continue reading

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Wine & Food Buddies: White Truffles + the Wines of Piedmont

Pictured above, the Italian culinary equivalent of an edible diamond:  the white truffle (this handful here is worth 300 Euros!). Truffle season and its many festivals and feasts are upon us (it’s November).  Truffles are found throughout central and northern … 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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Italian Wine Regions: Lazio

Lazio, once known as Latium, this area of the Italian peninsula has been inhabited by people for a long time….we’re talking since the 19th century BC at least!  Of course back then, this wasn’t “Italy” yet and the folks living … Continue reading

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Wine & Mother’s Day in Umbria!

The Lungarotti MUVIT Museum of Wine in Torgiano, Umbria is celebrating Mother’s Day (this year on May 12th) by offering something special for visiting mothers and their kids!  Moms will receive complimentary “wine therapy” kits, free guided tours, a free … Continue reading

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