Monthly Archives: May 2013

Garantito IGP: Montespertoli’s Bread From Heirloom Grains

This time Stefano Tesi takes the stand. It’s crumbly but firm, replete with unusual aromas, looks compact but has a crumb with ashy hues, and a thick, cracked, floury crust whose color is quite inviting. A slice in the hand … Continue reading

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Tasted at Vinitaly: A Greek Wine From Alpha Estate

Vinitaly is a huge event, and it should come as no surprise that it’s not limited to strictly to wines – there are meetings and talks dedicated to all sorts of topics, as well as pavilions dedicated to foods and olive oil – nor is it dedicated strictly to Italian wines. Indeed, the Enoteca dell’Emiglia Romagna sponsored an event that included the presentation of a number of indigenous Greek varietals, including Managouzia, which I much liked. Continue reading

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Garantito IGP: Borgo di Gete, The Mysterious Tintore of the Costiera Amalfitana

This time Luciano Pignataro takes the stand. There’s a quiet land between Ravello and Amalfiwhere there are thirteen hamlets but no Commune: It’s called taramonti (between the mountains) because it has no specific name iand can only be reached from … Continue reading

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Tasted at Vinitaly: Duca di Salaparuta and Florio

The visit to the Cantine Florio  was one of the highlights of the Sicilia En Primeur tasting I attended last year, so when Benedetta Poretti wrote to tell me she was presenting a new wine at Vinitaly, I told her … Continue reading

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Tasted at Vinitaly: Montenidoli

I met Elisabetta Fagioli, the driving force behind Montenidoli in (yikes!) 1997 – went with an importer friend not knowing quite what to expect: what was supposed to be a fairly quick lunch turned into an afternoon of dining and … Continue reading

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Garantito IGP: Violetta’s Shaft of Sunlight in Calamandrana

This time Carlo Macchi takes the stand. It was November, and it was raining. Usually in the Astigiano November is DOC, and if it’s raining it’s DOCG. It was a DOCG Riserva type day, and together with the rest of … Continue reading

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Le Caniette: Wines from The Marches

Le Caniette is a historic winery of the Marches, though it didn’t start out that way: when Raffaele Vagnoni purchased the property in 1897 and moved in with his family, they did make wine, among other things, but also concentrated … Continue reading

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