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Tag Archives: Italian wine

• Remember Marsala Wine? It’s Coming Back!

Remember Marsala Wine? It’s Coming Back!

Sicily has been a major wine producer since it was ruled by the ancient Greeks. The island is ideal for viticulture, thanks to its combination of a balmy climate (around 300 days of fine weather each year) and fertile, volcanic soil. Unfortunately, during much of the modern era, Sicily’s bountiful harvest resulted in low-caliber, bulk vino, […]

• Italian Winemakers to Meet with Pope Francis

Italian Winemakers to Meet with Pope Francis

A group of 150 Italian winemakers, grape growers and sommeliers are to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican in January to ask for him to pray for a good harvest in 2015. According to reports in the Italian media, the meeting was organised by Franco Ricci, director of the Italian wine guide Bibenda and […]

• Convict-Made Wine To Hit NYC Restaurants

Convict-Made Wine To Hit NYC Restaurants

Bottles of wine made by convicted murderers are to go on sale at some of New York’s most stylish restaurants, according to a report in The New York Post. Mario Batali’s Del Posto, in Chelsea, and the Midtown Italian hotspot Felidia, are planning to serve up bottles of Frescobaldi per Gorgona DOC – a crisp white […]

• How to Read Italian Wine Labels. Prego.

How to Read Italian Wine Labels. Prego.

Learn to understand Italian wine labels enough to get what you want. Here is a great set of tips and advice to keep handy so you can find and enjoy more Italian wine. Parts of an Italian Wine Label Italian wine labels are widely varied in how they look. Fortunately there are a specific set […]

• Italian red varieties thrive in Northwest vineyards, wineries

Italian red varieties thrive in Northwest vineyards, wineries

Italy’s winemaking history goes back millennia, and today the Mediterranean country produces about a third of all the wine in the world. When Italians emigrated to the United States, they brought their winemaking prowess with them. As early as the 1850s, Italian immigrants arrived in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley and began growing grapes and making […]

• Appassimento Winemaking: Quite a Different Kind of Wine

Appassimento Winemaking: Quite a Different Kind of Wine

The appassimento style of winemaking — using dried grapes — can produce wines of depth and complexity, but not always. I first encountered the appassimento style of winemaking on a visit to producers of Amarone in the Veneto region of Italy in the mid 1990s. Back then, wineries that used this process, which consists of […]

• Vino California! Celebrating Italian Wine On The West Coast

Vino California! Celebrating Italian Wine On The West Coast

The week-long wine and food extravaganza is widely recognized as the largest native Italian wine celebration across the West Coast and has become an iconic fixture in the national wine landscape. VINO CALIFORNIA brings together a cadre of A-list Italian winemakers, master sommeliers and top local culinary personalities delivering a series of epicurean experiences that […]

• Love Italian wines? WineFest this Saturday at The Wine House

Love Italian wines? WineFest this Saturday at The Wine House

Dalla Terra Italian Fest Saturday, February 23, 2013 1:00- 3:00PM With Passed Appetizers $45. Dalla Terra has long been considered one of the finest importers of Italian wines. Their selection has few rivals and we are pleased to give you the opportunity to taste through their portfolio. We will taste the wines of some of […]

• Italy’s 10 Leading White Wines

Italy’s 10 Leading White Wines

The sheer scale of Italy’s wine landscape, its extraordinary array of native grape varieties and the head scratching confusion caused by eerily similar producer names, DOC names and yet more grape names all combine to bog down and frustrate newcomers. This embarrassment of riches is bad enough for those seeking to determine which of Italy’s […]

• Armenia: A Pioneering Winery Brings Winemaking Back to its Roots

Armenia: A Pioneering Winery Brings Winemaking Back to its Roots

Oenophiles tend to classify wines into either coming from the “old world” — France, Spain, Italy and other European countries that have traditionally produced wine — and the “new world,” which includes upstarts such as the United States and Australia. Soon, though, we might need to come up with a new classification: the “ancient world,” […]

• Fine Italian Wines, Vintage Cars & the Ghost of Biggie Smalls

Fine Italian Wines, Vintage Cars & the Ghost of Biggie Smalls

Sometimes when cursing the gods you forget they let you go to amazing events like today’s Dalla Terra Winery Direct Annual Portfolio Tasting.  Done on the roof-top of the Peterson Automotive Museum (yes, the one where Biggie was gunned down by the unknown assailant) -– it had 19 Italian Wineries for perusing. I thought it would […]

• Italian wine exports overtake automotive industry

Italian wine exports overtake automotive industry

Vinitaly began at the weekend as the latest figures show that Italian wine exports are worth more than the country’s automotive ones. The 46th edition of Vinitaly kicked off with a rousing speech from Ettore Riello, president of VeronaFiere, speaking about a number of economic issues relating to the Italian wine trade, which now represents […]

• Moscato Madness: The Dessert Wine’s Sweet Surge

Moscato Madness: The Dessert Wine’s Sweet Surge

In the U.S., wine drinking has held its own during these hard economic times, and even grown in some unlikely corners. Moscato, for example, the Italian dessert wine, has gone from relative obscurity to the toast of the town. Hip-hop singer Drake, in his song “Do It Now,” gives it a shout-out. It’s also the […]

• The World’s Best Food Wines

The World’s Best Food Wines

With their bright acidity and tantalizing bitter edge, Italian wines are magnifico with meals. The wine world is rife with clichés (wines are “made in the vineyard” or “express a terroir”), but the most persistent cliché is that Italian wines go well with food—perhaps better than any other wines in the world. Is it possible […]

• Wine News: Martini expands portfolio with new Moscato wine

Wine News: Martini expands portfolio with new Moscato wine

Italian wine brand Martini has launched new refreshing Italian wine, Martini Moscato d’Asti to expand its portfolio. The company said the wine is crafted from 100% handpicked Moscato bianco grapes. The wine delivers a velvety texture balanced by the features found in premium imported Moscato wines, reports hamptons.com. Martini claims, its new wine has exclusivity […]