Piandimare Winery: Pride in its Territorial and Varietal Identities

We are in Abruzzo, the central Italian region which borders the other regions, Lazio to the west, Marche to the north, Molise to the southeast and the Adriatic Sea to the east. It is interesting to know that it is known as the greenest region in Europe because almost half of its territory which includes…

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Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico: A Synthesis of Two Souls of the Territories

Like a number of avant-garde foreigners in Italy, the Bär-Bettschart family was struck by the beauty of Chianti as they decided to stop in the area and create wines themselves epitomizing the territory. In 1990, Gagliole winery was born which comprises of two distinct vineyards in a total of 20 hectares and 16 more for…

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The Six Different Personalities of Bellone at Cincinnato Winery

Cincinnato Winery, a wine cooperative led by Nazzareno Milita, has been producing wines in Cori in the Italian region of Lazio (about 70 kilometers from Rome) since 1947 with more than 550 hectares of land and 105 family growers of grapes. The cultivation is specific to the native grape varieties of the region which are…

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The Best Expression of Dry-Aged Beef on the Grill at Epos Bistrot of Poggio Le Volpi of Rome, Italy

Laid-back, convivial and gourmet. These are the three things that make up the concept of Epos, the bistrot of Poggio Le Volpi Wine Estate in Monte Porzio Catone. It is a destination that’s conveniently located just thirty kilometers from the capital where wine and food are represented at their optimum quality with a kitchen authored…

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Pairing Vini Raimondo Cybelle Rosato 2017 With Spring Vegetable Barley Salad

With the spring vegetables already available in the markets, there’s no better way to enjoy them than use them in salads wherein the high points of their tastes are celebrated. Vibrant green, crispy, sweet and extremely fresh in the mouth, the newly-harvested garden peas at the local farmer’s vegetable stand were a treasure in this…

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Highlighting The Characteristics of Sensi Wines From Tuscany With Food Pairing

It’s a particular period we are all going through right now. With the stay at home orders that has been going on for months, there is much more time to dwell in the kitchen, take out the lost creativity and whip up appetizing dishes that can pair well with some bottles of wines that are…

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Pairing Cantina Del Tufaio Sauvignon Blanc 2016 with Fava Bean Salad and Fish

AnNike 2016 is made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc, with a 12-day fermentation without the skin at a 16°C controlled temperature. Aged in stainless steel tanks on fine lees for eight months and another six months in the bottle at 14°C.  It has a straw yellow color and crystal-clear limpidity. Although it’s meant to be enjoyed…

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Pairing Tenuta Scuotto Oi Ni 2014 with Fish Sarciado

Oi Nì is produced with 100% Fiano grapes that were fermented with indigenous yeasts in Alsatian 25-hectoliter oval barrels with temperature controlled at 7°C. At the end of the fermentation, it was aged on fine lees for 12 months plus another 6 months of bottle aging. A harmonic wine with intense straw yellow color. This…

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San Leonardo 2015 of Tenuta San Leonardo: Considered One of Italy’s Best by 2020 Wine Guides

San Leonardo 2015 of Tenuta San Leonardo is one of Italy’s best Bordeaux blends: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and with the addition of Carmenere. It is in fact one of the most awarded Bordeaux blends of Italy in all the 2020 wine guides alongside Sassicaia 2016 of Tenuta San Guido. Father and son team,…

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Tasting of Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva

Carpineto is a wine estate that produces world-renowned wines from their five estates in Tuscany. It was founded in 1967 by Giovanni Carlo Sacchet and Antonio Mario Zaccheo who envisioned an enormous potentiality in their region in producing great traditional wines. In their quest for innovative viticulture and winemaking techniques aimed at producing the best…

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Pio Cesare Winery: Keeping the Family Tradition of Barolo & Barbaresco From 1881

When successful entrepreneur Cesare Pio founded the Pio Cesare Winery in 1881, he had one thing in mind – to produce high quality wines that represent the terroir of the Piedmont region from the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco. Today, in the year 2020, after 139 years, the winery is still in the hands of…

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Rascioni & Cecconello Expresses The Excellence of Tuscan Ciliegiolo in its Wines

Considered as a minor grape, Ciliegiolo has long been overshadowed by Sangiovese throughout its course of history but in the recent years, interest has grown in the grape variety. It is now being produced as a dominant variety in blends and even more, single varietal wine in various wine regions of Italy like Liguria, Marche,…

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La Tognazza Presents “Amici Miei”, Combining Wine, Food & Music

The doors of Casa Museo di Ugo Tognazzi in Velletri opened once again on the last Saturday of November, the 30th, to an exclusive night of “Amici Miei”, a creation of Gianmarco Tognazzi of La Tognazza Winery. Amici Miei (My Friends), a name borrowed from the popular movie in the 1970’s directed by Mario Monicelli…

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Quintorè: Gualdo Del Re’s High End Tuscan Merlot Debuts in Rome

Gualdo del Re of Suvereto, Tuscany launches its new wine, the Quintorè 2016 at Retrobottega Restaurant in Rome. About twenty four guests occupying the two large sharing tables are all swirling, smelling and tasting the semi-dense dark ruby red liquid in their wine glasses, the first vintage of the estate’s Merlot vinified from a selection…

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Discovering Cantina Imperatori Viognier on a Vineyard Lunch with Chef Max Marioli

Chef Max Mariola, the Italian chef famous for his TV cooking program on Sky Gambero Rosso and Executive Chef of the Boscolo Group of Hotels in Italy and Europe, finds the optimum pairing for Cantina Imperatori Viognier IGP Lazio with his summer dishes. For starters, he prepared a fresh and tasty version of Panzanella, a…

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