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In the Oct. 31, 2011 Issue

Angelo Gaja

Gaja’s success has put the spotlight squarely on him, but the vintner rejects the superhero image: "Because I traveled so much for my wines, people began to think Gaja is Angelo Gaja," he says. "This is not right."

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

Cover Story

Angelo Gaja’s Quest - How Italy’s most dynamic vintner revolutionized winemaking in Piedmont by breaking the rules, pushing the winemaking boundaries and achieving a marketing miracle. His next goal: paving the way for the fifth generation of Gajas, in Tuscany Bonus Video: Following Family Tradition—Joined by his daughter Gaia, leading Piedmont vintner Angelo Gaja reminisces about his grandparents who founded the winery and their influence on him, his wines and his never-ending quest for quality.


    Tasting Reports

    A Bevy of Values - From crisp Pinot Grigios to vibrant Valpolicellas and more, northeast Italy delivers the goods


    New in the Windy City - Next, the nation’s most talked-about restaurant opening of 2011, spearheads the evolving Chicago dining scene


    A Toast to Italy - Build your next party around wine-friendly small plates matched with Italian wines





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    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    A Perfect Match

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