Author Archives: Cosa Bolle in Pentola

About Cosa Bolle in Pentola

Italy boasts an astonishing number of varietals, denominations, and wines, and tremendous changes are sweeping the land. New wines are being created, new DOCs are being introduced, and the existing denominations are overhauling their regulations both to reflect the practices adopted by their member wineries and to favor improvements in quality. Even the most staid and stolid region can flower seemingly overnight, emerging with exciting new wines and wineries that require rewriting the enological maps and rethinking one's positions. And, of course, recipes too, because cuisine and wine are closely intertwined and it's difficult to imagine one without the other.

Garantito IGP: The 21st Mountain Wines Tasting

This time Lorenzo Colombo takes a look at how a major wine tasting is organized and amanged. Continue reading

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Villa Montepaldi: Teaching Means Doing, Too

Villa Montepaldi is one of the older estates in Chianti Classico. It now belongs to the University of Florence, which uses it as a teaching and reserach facility. They’re doing it right, too; the wines are quite nice. Continue reading

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Garantito IGP: Marano Lagunare, Another Friulian Delight

Marano Lagunare, on the coast in Friuli Venezia Giulia, is unique: A huge expanse of shallow bays, and a spectacular wildlife refuge. Well worth a visit! Continue reading

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A Vertical of Valle D’Aosta DOC Muscat, from 2001 to 2011

The Valle D’Aosta boasts many interesting wines, including a fine Muscat made in the town of Chambrave. La Crotta de Vegneron, one of the more important cooperatives, presented a vertical from 2001 to 2011, and I was much impressed. Continue reading

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Garantito IGP: Gioda, The Cheese that Doesn’t Disappoint

Stefano Tesi takes a look at Gioda, a cheese developed to help farmers in Northern Italy put the scanty winter milkings to good use. Very fine, he says. Continue reading

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Pallagrello Bianco, The Wine Loved by the Bourbons: A Report for Garantito IGP

Luciano takes a look at a newly rediscovered Campanian white. Continue reading

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Some Welcome Delights: Wines from Mauro Sebaste

Fine wines from Mauro Sebaste, including a deft Arneis that displays considerable finesse, a delightfully bright Nebbiolo D’Alba, and a Barolo Prapò that is quite young, but will go places, and be worth waiting for. In short, wines to enjoy! Continue reading

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