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In case you missed it, Italy celebrated its 150th anniversary as a unified state last month - and naturally, an occasion as momentous as this deserved some recognition.

Enter the "Italian Unity Bottle" (or "UNA" as it's known).

The editors over at VinoWire, a feed dedicated to news and events from the Italian wine world, promptly - and humorously - shed light on this news. "It embodies great symbolic value and it is intended to promote and raise international awareness of the uniqueness of Italian viticulture, winemaking, and the classic cultural values of the Belpaese that it represents,” according to the press release.

Unfortunately for us, only a small number of bottles were produced and the wine is not available for sale. What, do you not feel the patriotic stirrings moving you from within?

Read more about the ceremonious "Italian Unity Bottle" at VinoWire
Wine of the Week: April 8, 2011
Spottswoode Vertical Tasting
Spottswoode. It’s a name, particularly when paired with Cabernet Sauvignon, that tends to elicit a uniformly impressed reaction from wine lovers across a broad spectrum of palate preferences. "Why is that?" one is tempted to ask. Are the wines simply that appealing? Is there something inherently there that makes these true Napa classics? Or is there something more to the story, perhaps an evolution of style that allows so many different people to applaud the wine, though perhaps wines of a different period? There is of course only one way to find out: vertical tasting!
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Upcoming Virtual Tasting
Don't forget to mark your calendars for our next virtual tasting with Frei Brothers Reserve on Wed., April 20. Viticulturalist Jim Collins joins Greg in New York City, where they'll discuss the winery's sustainable winemaking practices - and of course, taste some exceptional wines!
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