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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  :  Alphabetical Listing

Trentino-Alto Adige Alphabetical Listing

Posted: May 31, 2014  

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

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What is this giant bottle inside a wicker basket?

Posted: May 23, 2014  

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

Piedmont Alphabetical Listing

Posted: April 30, 2014  

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Betting Big in Piedmont

This dynamic region delivers a wealth of vintages and grape varieties for both short- and long-term enjoyment

Posted: April 30, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  News

In Brief: Eberle Out in Paso Robles; Giant Boulders Bowl Through Italian Vineyard

Posted: April 30, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec, Robert Taylor

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

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  Features

ABCs of Piedmont

Posted: April 30, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

A Taste of Italy

Posted: April 30, 2014  By Marvin R. Shanken, Thomas Matthews

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

Antinori’s Architectural Labor of Love

New home in Chianti Classico demonstrates the family's commitment and connection to the land

Posted: April 21, 2014  By Robert Camuto

After seven years of work, nightmarish construction problems and a budget that ballooned 170 percent to more than $130 million, Marchesi Antinori’s flagship property opened in 2013 on a hillside in Chianti Classico zone of Italy. The Tuscan winery was immediately praised for its audacious environmental design and has already attracted thousands of visitors. The facility includes a 129,000-square-foot winery, the company headquarters, an auditorium, boutique, restaurant, museum, olive oil mill and a facility for producing sweet Vin Santo.

“The idea was to bring the heart of the company back to the countryside where the wine is produced,” says the trim, energetic Piero Antinori, who represents the family wine business’s 25th generation.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Will Chianti Classico’s Gran Selezione Designation Guarantee Quality?

The new Gran Selezione designation promises stricter quality standards. At Agricola San Felice, the new bottling is the result of years of research

Posted: April 16, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

The Consorzio of Chianti Classico introduced its new designation—Gran Selezione—in 2013. It represents the pinnacle of a quality pyramid whose base are the Chianti Classico annate and mid-tier riserva. The goal is to have stricter standards to drive quality and inspire consumer confidence in the wines of Chianti Classico.

Currently, there is a lot of confusion between Chianti, which can be produced from a large area in central Tuscany, bottled by a company that doesn’t grow any grapes and sell for as little as $10 and estate grown and bottled wine from the Classico zone in the heart of the entire Chianti area.

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

The Heart of Lambrusco

Italy's fizzy red is worth your attention once again

Posted: April 7, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Trattoria La Busa, on the southern outskirts of Modena, is a window onto Emilia-Romagna's traditions: Italy's fastest cars, fantastic food and its most misunderstood wines.

Ferrari-racing memorabilia cover the walls, platters of melt-in-your-mouth salumi lap around the dining room, and the kitchen turns out delicious handmade pastas drizzled with thick traditional balsamic vinegar. And dominating the wine list is fizzy red Lambrusco. This Lambrusco is not the sweet red fizz that became Italy's most exported wine in the decades after the 1970s. It's the good stuff: dry, not-quite-sparkling, easy-drinking wine crafted from select grapes and offered at reasonable prices.

News & Features  :  News

Eataly New York Will Close Wine Shop for Six Months

Liquor license suspended after state complains Batali and Bastianich store was selling Bastianich wines

Posted: March 25, 2014  By Mitch Frank, Thomas Matthews

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

Free Beppe

How Italy’s new cru labeling rules stifle Barolo traditionalists

Posted: March 24, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Giuseppe Rinaldi has always danced to his own tune. A producer of great old-school, cask-fermented Barolos, Rinaldi has been guided by his own gut and local tradition—not others' rules or expectations.

Now, Italy's wine authorities have hemmed in the maestro and provocateur at the age of 65 with a new law dictating how producers blend and label designated crus. Since the death of his father 22 years ago, Rinaldi has bucked the modern, French-influenced trend of single-cru Barolos in favor of a traditional approach of blending from different vineyards.

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

Avant-Garde Meets Tradition on the Plate

A visit with the Italian culinary master every wine connoisseur should know

Posted: March 10, 2014  By Robert Camuto

If there were a Nobel Prize for Parmigiano cheese, Massimo Bottura would certainly be its first laureate.

For more than 20 years, Bottura, Italy's most acclaimed modern chef, has worked to perfect a signature dish founded on the belief that this famous aged cheese made near his native Modena wasn't getting the respect it deserved. "Why did we only use this incredible cheese—this symbol of our land—just to grate on pasta?" The 50-year-old Bottura, clad in chef's jacket and jeans, is nearly shouting.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

14 Diverse Wines from Italy’s Northeast

New reviews of high-quality bottlings from the Trentino-Alto Adige region

Posted: March 7, 2014  By Alison Napjus

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Rueda, Vermentino, White Bordeaux

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Thomas Matthews

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Cru Beaujolais, Etna Reds, Soave

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

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