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

      Sting: pay to pick my grapes

      Dr Vino's wine blog - - 12 readers - Finding labor to perform the annual harvest at a vineyard can be hard. But not if you are Sting: the Englishman in Tuscany is charging people $350 a day to come and work in his vineyard. The paying pickers would arrive at a leisurely 11:30 at Il Palagio, Sting and Trudie Styler’s 900-acre estate.

      Toledo Area Wine Events & Tastings: September 10-13, 2014

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      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.

      Daily Wine News: Another Look

      Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog - - 6 readers - The view from the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Vinci, Tuscany. (Wikimedia.) “I haven’t been to Australia, but I know from professional tastings, from books and periodicals and from speaking with people in the Australian wine trade that Aussie chardonnay has undergone a stylistic evolution similar to California’s.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov takes another look at Australian chardonnay.

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