Category Archives: Quaffing Wines

Cantina Garuti: Lambrusco di Sorbara and More

Of Italy’s many wines, Lambrusco is, I think, one of the most underrated, especially among international consumers. And it’s not hard to understand why; by comparison with the wines that attract attention, such as Barolo or Brunello, it’s light, generally … Continue reading

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Bardolino: Chiaretto Spumante, Chiaretto, and… Bardolino

It would seem obvious, but how one approaches a vintage presentation has a profound influence on how one sees the wine. And for the past few years, I have approached the Bardolino presentation in steps, starting with the Bardolino Chiaretto … Continue reading

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Tasted at Vinitaly: Mastroberardino

This spring Pietro Mastroberardino organized a historic Taurasi vertical extending not quite to prehistory, but well into the mists of time. I was alas unable to attend, and was therefore forced to enjoy it vicariously, via Luciano Pignataro’s wonderful description … Continue reading

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The 2013 Chianti Classico Anteprima

This year’s Chianti Classico Anteprima was once again held in Florence’s Stazione Leopolda, and as has been the case in the past it was beautifully organized. Unfortunately, for personal reasons I was only able to attend for one the two … Continue reading

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Garantito IGP: Piedirosso or Per ‘e Palummo, A Quick Overview

This time Luciano takes the stand. Light red wines are once again fashionable, not because they are easier, as we thought in the 80s, but because they keep pace with the lightening of Italian cooking that has also taken place … Continue reading

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