The Great Red of Umbria: Preview Tasting of Montefalco Sagrantino 2015

The year 2015 had been outstanding, rated five stars out of five by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Montefalco (Consortium for the Protection of the Wines of Montefalco). The winter was rainy, while spring was sunny and windy, and summer was dry, warm and sunny. It was an ideal climatic condition for the growth of the…

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Cantina Girlan: A Century of South Tyrolean Wines With 200 Winegrowers

In the year 1923, Cantina Girlan, named after the South Tyrolean town, was founded by 23 winegrowers in a 16th-century farmstead in Alto Adige (South Tyrol). In the year 2019, exactly 96 years later, the number of member winegrowers of the cooperative has multiplied to 200 and the area of cultivation has grown to 215…

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Rocca delle Macie: From Films to Wines in Chianti, Italy

It’s not common to have a big film producer jump to being a wine producer and excel in both fields. In the case of Italo Zingarelli, the man behind the internationally popular series of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill series of films, he proved his proficiency in the two things that he was most passionate…

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Preview of Luca Maroni’s I Migliori Vini Italiani 2019

On 24 January 2019 at the new 5-star luxury Elizabeth Unique Hotel in Rome, Italy, the presentation of the upcoming wine event of Luca Maroni, I Migliori Vini Italiani (The Best Italian Wines) and his book Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani 2019 (Yearbook of the Best Italian Wines) took place. The 2019 edition of Luca…

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Sangiovese Purosangue in Rome, Italy: Getting to Know the Ancient Tuscan Grape

Sanguis Jovis in Latin and blood of Jupiter in English, Sangiovese is the most cultivated red grape variety covering more than 70,000 hectares in Italy with concentrations in the central part, most especially Tuscany. It is the main component of almost all the red wines in Tuscany, Umbria and Marche and vinified 100% pure or…

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Professional Sommelier Associations in Italy: Which Ones Are They?

Described as a wine expert or wine steward in the dictionary, a sommelier takes on a challenging education and role in the world of wines. What started in France in the 16th century where the modern culture of wine was born, from the management of the cellars of the noble estates evolved to something much…

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The Wines of Italian FIVI Producers Featured at Eataly

September is the month traditionally tied to the harvests in the vineyards and for this, Eataly, like all years, dedicates it to the world of wine focusing on the spread of the quality wine culture. This year, the guests of honor are the Federazione Italiana Vignaioli Independenti (FIVI) or the Italian Federation of Independent Winegrowers…

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Cantinotte Salorno 2018 in South Tyrol, Italy

Salorno in Italian and Salurner in German. Being in the South Tyrol region in northern  Italy, everything has names in both languages. It is a small town in the southernmost part of South Tyrol positioned at an altitude of 224 meters high. Renaissance and baroque buildings characterize the town of Salorno with the Haderburg Castle…

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Vinitaly 2018, 52nd Edition in Verona, Italy

Like the previous editions, Vinitaly declared a great success as the participants had grown in numbers and quality.  Compared to last year’s numbers, the exhibiting companies arrived to a big number of 4,380 this year which is 130 more from last year, from 36 different countries. The visitors in the four-day event arrived to a…

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International Prokupac Day 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia

Prokupac, the celebrated indigenous red grape of Serbia, took the spotlight again on its second anniversary in Belgrade. I was among the forty people, all winelovers, who flew from all over the world, who were enthusiastic in uncovering the wines made from these grapes. These wines don’t get much attention outside Serbia since its small…

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