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Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Phenomenal Nebbiolo

The 2010 vintage in Barolo is delivering on its early promise

Posted: October 13, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

To date, I have tasted more than 100 Barolos from the 2010 vintage. I was very excited about the vintage after visiting the region in November 2013. My tastings of the young 2010s, either from cask or bottle, indicated fabulous potential. The '10s appeared to be a hybrid of 2004, 2006 and 2008, offering purity, elegance, balance and complexity. The best should have the ability to age for decades.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

20 Intriguing Wines from Italy

New reviews of diverse Italian bottlings, most for $25 or less

Posted: October 10, 2014  By Alison Napjus

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

If the Cabernet Sauvignon grape makes Cabernet Sauvignon wine, how does the Sangiovese grape make both Chianti and Brunello?

Posted: October 1, 2014  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Livio Felluga's 100th Birthday Bash

Plus, Young Jeezy in a Champagne bottle battle, golfer Cristie Kerr's charity wine drive and a robot "mini-mouth" that tastes wine

Posted: September 25, 2014  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Food-friendly Italian Reds

New reviews of Dolcettos from the Piedmont region

Posted: September 19, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  News

Is Being Sustainable Worth It for Wineries?

New research finds wineries think sustainability pays, even if it's unclear that consumers value it

Posted: September 16, 2014  By Liz Thach

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  :  News

Tuscan Wine Region Montalcino Rocked by Fraud Allegations

A winery consultant stands accused of falsely identifying Sangiovese as Brunello di Montalcino

Posted: September 10, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Enjoying the Fruits of Tuscany’s Bounty

Delicious produce, pasta and salume abound among the region’s rolling hills and hilltop towns

Posted: September 9, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

I'm typically in Tuscany in late March or April, when its abundant bounty of fruit and vegetables is in its earlier stages of development, so it was a welcome change to spend a week there in late August.

Every meal was a delight of fresh, local products, from ripe, juicy and flavorful tomatoes, succulent peaches, plums and apricots, zucchini, carrots, beans and local herbs. Even better that most of the dishes were accompanied by tangy olive oil and washed down with (mostly) local wines.

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

Timorasso Tonight?

How Piedmont pioneer Walter Massa revived Italy’s newest celebrated white wine

Posted: September 8, 2014  By Robert Camuto

In a corner of eastern Piedmont you probably haven't heard of, Walter Massa is considered something of a prophet.

At 58, Massa is known as the farmer and visionary in Monleale (pop. 600+) who resurrected the local white Timorasso grape from near extinction with wines celebrated in Italy and beyond. In the U.S in recent years, his bottlings have found an important niche on top Italian wine lists.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

One Nation Under Prosecco, Part 2

Prosecco is quietly laying the groundwork to buck the trend-wine trend and stay relevant permanently. Here's how

Posted: September 4, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

By the late 2000s, the wine minds of Treviso had noticed that Prosecco exports had begun to accelerate, even while the American love affair with the drink was still in first bloom.

In 2009, when most drinkers considered Prosecco cheap, if they considered it at all, the folks who made it were thinking ahead. That year, to give it a prestige boost and better define the wine as being from a precise region rather than simply a style, the Italian government bumped the Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOC, from the hilly areas of the region, up to the loftier Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, a name unwieldy enough to confer distinction. At the same time, the areas surrounding that zone, where Prosecco was made with an IGT designation, became the protected Prosecco DOC. Around the same time, the producers started calling the grape "Glera" instead of "Prosecco"; now Prosecco, like Burgundy or Port, meant coordinates on a map, no knockoffs allowed.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

One Nation Under Prosecco

How does a faddish wine become a staple?

Posted: September 3, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell assistant editor Ben O'Donnell looks at the staying power of Italy's Prosecco, the inexpensive sparkling wine that burst onto the scene three years ago but is poised to stick around.

Aug. 31, 2014 Issue  :  People

Plating Piedmont

Chef Enrico Crippa sets the modern standard for regional cuisine at Piazza Duomo in Alba

Posted: August 31, 2014  By Robert Camuto

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

Wines of Affection

Price and scores simply don't matter—you just love them

Posted: August 19, 2014  By Matt Kramer

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

Etna Rhapsody

Giuseppe Russo’s journey from classical music to melodic Sicilian reds

Posted: August 11, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto visits the Mt. Etna vineyards of Giuseppe Russo to see how the former classical pianist makes his melodic Sicilian red wines.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

The Rosé Phenomenon

A dinner celebrating rosés from across Italy illustrates the category's great leaps

Posted: August 8, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson sits down to a dinner celebrating Italian rosés at Lincoln Ristorante hosted by wine director Aaron von Rock.

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

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

A Different Side of Sangiovese

The 2009 Brunellos di Montalcino offer early-drinking enjoyment

Posted: July 31, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

8 Elegant Italian Reds Under $30

New reviews of well-priced Barberas from Piedmont’s Alba and Asti appellations

Posted: July 25, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

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