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In the Oct. 31, 2009 Issue

Savoring Italy

Italy has it all: great wine, food and culture. In this special report, we guide you to the best of the new releases from Tuscany and the fast-improving wines of Sicily. We also take you to Taormina, the famed resort in the shadow of Mount Etna, with its welcoming seaside ambience. In addition, one of the nation’s best winemakers, Carlo Ferrini, gives his views on winemaking and grapegrowing. We hope you will find inspiration in this special report.

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Tuscan wines: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Tuscan wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Sicilian wines: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Sicilian wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

Tuscany's Winning Wines - Italy’s celebrated region delivers excellent wines for every pocketbook from a string of outstanding vintages BONUS VIDEO: Join James Suckling in Tuscany as he meets with top winemakers, tastes the region's famous wines and visits estates during harvest.

Remaking Sicily - Improving wines made from native grapes by a new cadre of winemakers are changing the face of this value-oriented region

Talking Sangiovese - A Q&A with consulting enologist Carlo Ferrini, who has worked with Tuscany’s signature red grape for more than 30 years

Italian Idyll - Taormina, Sicily’s once sleepy resort, wakes up thanks to a lively new food-and-wine scene


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    Wine Talk

    Wine Talk - Author and screenwriter Jim Harrison

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