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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 ...

  • Merlot

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

  • Aglianico

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

  • Verdicchio

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Zinfandel

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

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  • I'll be visiting the Campania region and possibly Emilia Romagna in a few weeks and was looking for some recommendations for wineries which offer tastings.  I have a list of wineries I'd like to visit and I know I'll probably need to call first or rely on my relatives for recommendations, but was hoping some of you had visited some in the south. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wineries to visit in Southern...


  • Masserie Pisari Salento Rosso 2006

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    nice wine that develops from stong tannins to a little fruit to a smoot finish. Great wine for the price. Drink with a hamburger and grilled asparagus watching the sunset. Read More

    Wine review by ozfarms


  • I just read somewhere recently that Ansonica, grown in Tuscany, is the same ... same ... so widespread in Southern Italy and Sicily. I had never heard that before. Can anyone enlighten m Read More

    Forum post in the topic Inzolia = Ansonica? never...


  • The New Texas Wine LexiconIn more critical terms, Texas wine consumers will be faced with an increasing number of wines made from varieties of grapes that aren’t the usual and recognizable grapes of Bordeaux or Burgundy (e.g. Cabernet, Chardonnay and Merlot). However, these will be wines made from grapes that are better suited for Texas’ growing... Read More

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  • La Tunella Rjgialla Selenze 2008

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    Good fresh wine, very slightly sparkling. Read More

    Wine review by makoppel


  • Anderson ValleyOverviewTo the majority of the world the term California wine means Napa wine.  This is even true for the majority of the United States.  Napa has done a great job at promoting itself and California wine.  This promotion does come at some cost.  The cost is the fact that other smaller regions go largely unnoticed by the general wi... Read More

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  • Most of you know DOC wines from Apulia (Puglia, southern Italy) like Primitivo or Negroamaro, but just few have been there in the "Heel of the Boot" unspoiled region...Astonishing landscapes, deep culture and traditions, but first of all our loved decilious wines to be paired with amazing food...have prompt me to launch first Luxury Wine Tour of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Luxury Wine Tour of Apulia


  • Hi Everyone, My name is Stephanie and I'm the Client Services Manager of the 8th Estate Winery, the first and only winery ever established in Hong Kong. I will be updating you all regarding upcoming events and happenings at the winery. Look forward to our open house party when our Australian harvest arrives this year! What better way to introd... Read More

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  • Falesco Est! Est! Est! 2008

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    I was really not impressed with this wine - I drank a glass and the rest of the bottle sat in my fridge for weeks. Read More

    Wine review by chikpea


  • Masserie Pisari Salento Rosso 2006

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    Cherries, black currant on the nose. The bitter bite of the Negroamaro grape is evident on the swirl with a medium bodied and layered structure that reveals sour cherry and a hint of chocolate. The astringency of the tannins in combination with the bite of the Negroamaro is a bit overpowering for those not so inclined. A decent enough wine, b... Read More

    Wine review by KentuckyHillbilly


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