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The Magic of Mt. Etna

Mt. Etna is located in northeastern Sicily in the province of Catania. Viticulture on the lower slopes of Mt. Etna dates back millennia. We live, however, in an age where we want to know what you have done for me lately. That’s good news for Etna’s DOC wines. Winemaking on Europe’s most active volcano is hot, both literally and figuratively. Etna’s golden age was the late 19th century. France was plagued by the phylloxera, a wine louse that devastated their wine industry. They needed to buy wine and they liked the reds from Mt. Etna, which they likened to their Pinot Noir based Burgundies. Railroad lines had to be created to speed the shipping of grapes and wines. A port, now abandoned, north of Catania, was utilized almost solely for shipping wine. Times change, even if the volcano rem...

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A Cultural Shift in Italian Wine

The Ladies of the Langhe Have Arrived

Gearing up for a whirlwind tour of the who's who of Nebbiolo producers in Piedmont, I realized I would be meeting quite a few women. Nine of my 18 visits would be with or include women.  This struc...

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Madeira: Twenty Years on the Comeback Trail

Charles Antin

Cyprus and Paphos vales, the smiling LovesMight leave with joy fair Madeira’s groves;A shore so flowery, and so sweet an air,Venus might build her dearest temple there.-From Camoens’ Lusiad, 1569, ...

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Five Dependable Whites You Can Find (Most) Anywhere

As a wine consumer I love to read about others experiences with wine, but one of the most frustrating things is when you read about a great wine that you simply cannot find. With over 100,000 diffe...

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The True Genesis of Super Tuscan Wine

Feb 20 at 12:00am
The term Super Tuscan was born a controversy some 40 years ago. The controversy is ongoing.  At this point, trying to define Super Tuscans is a waste of time. There have been arguments for decades ... Read More »

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The Low-Down on Cava

Cava is sweeping the international wine scene. Heres why.

Feb 17 at 12:00am
There are dozens of sparkling wines made around the world – Champagne (probably the most well-known) and another 20 or so similar wines made in France; Cava made in Spain; Portuguese Espumante; Spu... Read More »

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The Rising Tide of Barbera

by Victor Rallo, Jr. and Anthony Verdoni

Feb 16 at 12:00am
It always seemed odd to us that in Piemonte, the land of Barolo, the King of Wines and the Wine of Kings, we would always find a bottle of Barbera in front of us on the table. The answer was and is... Read More »

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Superlative Love-Centric Cocktails

Shake it out on Valentines Day.

Feb 13 at 12:00am
If you're looking to impress a Valentine's Day date with cocktails that have a romantic twist to them, I've got you covered. Most of these cocktails are classics that elicit this holiday's charm vi... Read More »

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Wine & Chocolate Pairings (in a Love Emergency)

You still havent picked a bottle for Valentines Day, have you?

Feb 12 at 12:00am
The middle of February has long been a time to celebrate love. The ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals to honor fertility and marriage. The fourteenth century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wro... Read More »

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10 Storytelling Wines for Valentine's Day

Impress your sweetheart with some fresh wine knowledge.

Feb 10 at 12:00am
There are countless delicious wines you could enjoy with your Valentine this year, but this special holiday calls for more than just outstanding. You need a wine that tells a tale; one preferably t... Read More »

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Ride the Roller Coaster Vines: Priorat to Montsant

Feb 6 at 12:00am
The next time you visit Barcelona, Spain, get yourself into the mountainous vineyard regions of Priorat and Montsant, just a short drive from this beautiful Mediterranean city. “Which region is whi... Read More »

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The Art of Blind Tasting

How much would you bet on your wines identity?

Feb 5 at 12:00am
It’s urban legend that top wine pros can blindly identify a wide array of wines. Blindly naming a wine’s provenance, vintage, and vineyard is the most humbling exercise in the wine world. But there... Read More »

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Why I'm in Love with Brunello di Montalcino

and why you should be too.

Feb 3 at 12:00am
Early in my exploration of wine, I settled on Brunello Di Montalcino as one of my favorites, and eventually as my single favorite. Since then, I’ve been asked many times, “Why this wine? What’s so ... Read More »

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The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of Wine Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc

A call for a return to quality.

Jan 27 at 12:00am
Sauvignon Blanc will always keep you guessing. On the one hand it is capable of making a wine that can boast ethereal grace and complexity, yet on the other it can be raw, green and aggressively un... Read More »

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