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News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

13 Fascinating Reds and Whites from Italy

New reviews of Sagrantino, Sangiovese and more from the Umbria region

Posted: September 12, 2014  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

19 Remarkable Bottlings from Sicily

Italy’s most southerly island offers a wealth of exciting reds and whites

Posted: August 1, 2014  By Alison Napjus

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

All-Stars of Italy

OperaWine kicks off Vinitaly 2014: a showcase tasting of 100 top Italian producers

Posted: July 31, 2014  By Alison Napjus

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Where California Meets Champagne

Schramsberg Vineyards sparkles in an Old World–New World face-off

Posted: July 1, 2014  By Alison Napjus

I have an Old World palate. What can I say? After years of reviewing and drinking French, Italian and Spanish wines, there's really no avoiding it. But that doesn't mean I eschew bottlings from the other side of the ocean, i.e. this side! I'm particularly fascinated by those modeled on Old World versions, and I love to see where the Old and the New line up and where they diverge.

With that philosophy in mind, and given the special place in my heart for France's Champagne region, I was excited when recently in Napa Valley to visit with Schramsberg Vineyards owner and winemaker Hugh Davies.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Robust Italian Reds

New reviews of powerful Amarones from the Veneto region of Italy

Posted: June 6, 2014  By Alison Napjus

May 31, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Alpine Pleasures

Trentino–Alto Adige, Italy's northernmost wine region, offers versatile whites, reds and sparklers at attractive prices

Posted: May 31, 2014  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

18 Unique Wines from Italy and Slovenia

Distinctive bottlings abound from the Friuli region of Italy and its neighbor, Slovenia’s Brda area

Posted: May 30, 2014  By Alison Napjus

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Bounty from the Boot

Discover 100 values from Italy's distinctive wine regions

Posted: April 30, 2014  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Vibrant Whites from France

New reviews of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling from the Alsace region

Posted: April 25, 2014  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  News

First Rosé Champagne? Older Than You Think

Documents uncovered by Ruinart show it shipped rosé in 1764—a decade before Veuve Clicquot

Posted: March 10, 2014  By Alison Napjus

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