Italian Wine

    Thirsty Thursday: Fiano, Castello Monaci, Acante, Salento, IT 2011

    After last week’s Garnacha Blanca review, we delve into increasingly obscure depths this Thirsty Thursday. Fiano is our grape of choice. Today’s example comes not from the vine’s famed Campania but further southeast in Salento: Italy’s sun-bleached heal-tip: It is unbearably hot, flat, and dry here. That heat produces nearly half of Italy’s olives.

    16 readers - By WAYWARD WINE

    Morgan Neufeld talks about WSET Level 3 from the Texas Wine School

    Amy met Morgan Neufeld one Wednesday morning in June at Camerata at Paulie’s where she was attending Banfi’s Cru Artisan College. Friendly and bubbly, Morgan was in the middle of her Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 certification course and attending the “College” to learn more about the Luxury Selections of the Banfi portfolio from the artisan winemakers who crafted them.

    13 readers - By Another Wine Blog

      Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2007

      Just Grapes - - 8 readers - As expensive as Poggio di Sotto’s wines are, they also sit a clear echelon above most from Montalcino. This 2007 Rosso is, in form and complexity, more like a Brunello than a Rosso. Poggio di Sotto is considered ‘traditional’ in its approach, meaning indigenous yeasts, two years Slavonian Oak Botti (that’s a Brunello length of time), and no filtering.

      Sensi Mantello 2009 Sangiovese- Shiraz, Tuscany

      Toledo Wines and Vines - - 6 readers - This unique wine was sampled during a visit to the home of tasting team members Jazz Man and Wine Chick. It’s a rebellious wine for those who are seeking adventure. During our tasting we enjoyed a rosé from Pays d’Oc in France, a red wine from Moldova, a great Malbec from Argentina – but everyone was looking forward to this vino.

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      Italian Wine Continued on Winestudio with Justin Galen of Rinascimento Wine

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      On Spaghetti Westerns and Brunello. @michaelnemcik

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      2 readers - By Italian Wine Geek

      GRAPPA !

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      Wine of the Day September 23, 2014

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      6 readers - By Italian Wine Geek

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