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The wines of Southern Italy have a come a long way to catch up to those farther north in global reverence. Civilizations have dwelled here since ancient times, and some regions, because of their geographic position, have experienced numerous invasions, with cultural influences from all over. The Southern Italian wine industry has indeed been successful, but for a long time what many people got to drink wasn’t the best of what this part of the country had to offer, and it probably came from a big jug. 
 
The Greeks have been credited with planting some of the most famous local grapes. Falanghina, a refreshing, tropical-fruity white found in Campania was one of the grapes that made up the blend for Falernum, the most famous of Roman wines. So was Aglianico, now renowned for its versatility, ageworthyness and elegance, especially in the volcanic soils of the acclaimed DOCGs Taurasi in Campagnia and Aglianico del Vulture in Basilicata. Greco Bianco and Gaglioppo are the main Read more »

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  • Primitivo

    History of the grape: At some point in the 18th century, the grape was brought over to Italy from either Caucasus or ...

  • Aglianico

    History of the grape: There is documented proof of the existence of Aglianico in Basilicata, Italy as far back as the...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Verdicchio

    Verdicchio is considered to be its native region’s most interesting white variety. Its history typifies the evolution...

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  • Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2014

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    Elaine bought at Wie Guy. Says have with steak or pasta. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • I haven't played in this conversation for a while, mostly, because most of my purchases, lately, have been daily drinkers from places like Costco and Trader Joe's.Today we were over in Gardena.  Gardena does not have many claims to fame:  it was, I believe, the first community in Southern California to allow card casinos, it was the location of ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • If you're looking for excuses to spend more money on the event, you can ... ... white like Falanghina in southern Italy. Translate that to even Kiwi pinot grigios if you must. Sparkling works, too. Ripe stone fruit, first choice peaches, then apricots and nectarines before plums, I would think. Skinned, with cuts down to the stone, or possibly... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sangria


  • I am a an artist who loves to travel with my wife to food and wine rich parts of the world. Our favorites are California and Italy. We are about to explore the southern part of Italy from Rome down to the Amalfi Coast this summer and I expect to grow my Italian wine selections.My art website is cornelisvanspronsen.com where you can find out more... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • When: Sunday December 18, 2-4 PM Where: Pierre Loti Union Square 53 Irving Place at 17th Street between Park Avenue South & 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 Ticket Price: $49Register here: http://www.wineny.com/sparkling-wines-for-the-holidays.htmlWhat better way to celebrate the holiday season than by spending a Sunday afternoon sipping and learn... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting in New York:...


  • Keeping with the summery peaches theme, you could always go with a Bellini, ... versions of Sangria, from southern Italy, is a pitcher half to 2/3 full of Falanghina topped off with peeled peach halves. Let it sit covered either in the fridge or in a bucket of ice for a few hours, and you're in busines Read More

    Forum post in the topic Summer Sippers - Cocktails,...


  • Dominic Hentall Sangiovese Negroamaro IGT 2014

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    Another Naked Wines selection. Very dark opaque Red Purple in the Glass. Opens with Baking Yeast, Flour, and Sour Cherry; a bit of Tar, Oak, and Plum; Flint, Leather, and Cherry; Loads of fruit in a medium round mouthful. Very acidic and tannic which smooths out as it opens further. Rather rustic and a bit too fruit forward for my taste, but int... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2010

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    1st things 1st - I was screwing around with another photo and accidentally put up the correct one - my bad. "We call these the "Baby Portos of Italy". After aging properly there is a sweetness that combines with the plush dark berry fruits that when added to the tannic and acidic structure just remind us of baby port wines. Well done "- Paul.88 ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Glad you have your priorities straight, DGC!I've encountered this, too, on and off over the years. Not common, but common enough to remember clearly and recognize quickly after multiple occurrences. Have had it from wines of South America, Eastern Europe, North Africa and off-locations like India and other parts of Asia (from Near East over to E... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bitter finish


  • "but, alas, they usually are not available for retail purchase."NG, here's a simple example in your neighborhood. That merchant usually has something interesting at a decent price. I post this one because I've had it on site (meaning on that island, not in some virtual reality). One of my favorite parts of Italy, though there are several of thos... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


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