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Ultimate Red Wine for a Party: Unlitro

What wine should you bring to a party? An age-old dilemma. Here is my latest crush: 2014 Ampeleia “Unlitro” You’ve probably already figured out that it’s a big 1-liter bottle. (File under “D” for “DUH”.) So Unlitro is already the #partystarter. What’s on the inside is a light (12.5% alcohol), fresh, fun red wine. A [More]

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Morellino di Scansano: Drinking Sangiovese in Florence

Hi! I am still in Italy, because I could not leave. Stay tuned for a lot more on Sicily, but right now I’m chilling in an apartment in the Sant’Ambrogio area of Florence. And was welcomed by the owner of this place with a half bottle of Morellino di Scansano. Here’s a view from my [More]

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Italian Wine Discoveries at VINO 2015

Recently returned from a whirlwind (whirlwine?) few days in snowy, cold, loveable New York City attending VINO 2015. (This was a sponsored media trip, BTW.) Let’s get straight to the cool wines that I discovered. Well, it wasn’t like I found the Ark of the Covenant, just that these wines were new to me. I [More]

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To New York for VINO 2015: Celebrating the Wines of Southern Italy

  Very excited to be leaving for New York at the crack of dawn on Super Bowl Sunday to attend VINO 2015. When it comes to wine geekiness, this celebration of the wines of Southern Italy means Russell Wilson times Tom Brady times Katy Perry levels of excitement for me. This sponsored media trip will [More]

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Exploring The Red and White Wines of Northern Italy

  You ever insisted on something being true even after, time and time again, all your suppositions prove misguided? This happened to me while I was treated to a wine-tastic meal by Wayne Young. He’s the Sales, Communication, and Marketing Manager for the wines of Bastianich and La Mozza. We started out exploring the Adriatico [More]

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This Wine Has Three Cats On The Label And It’s Awesome

Dang, is this wine for real? YES! It came recommended from a highly trusted source and did not disappoint. The story of how it all transpired started like many others in the year 2014: Facebook. My buddy Cameron posted that this wine is available at the restaurant he manages. (Tavolata in Seattle; excellent, do go [More]

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Massolino Barbera d’Alba With Tagliarini and Meat-Free Sauce

One of the signs of a great producer is their more humble offerings are as an impressive achievement as the top wines commanding well-deserved and earned prestige along with a concordant price. Case in point? One of my favorite wineries for Barolo: Massolino. Barolo, as well as Barbaresco, is tucked up among the particularly prestigious [More]

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Italian Sparkling Wine: 7 Effervescent Thoughts About Ferrari

Greetings from the Trentino-Alto Adige area of Northern Italy. Close to the borders of Austria, Switzerland, and Slovenia, I’m hanging out in Trento. Not only is it a city in Italy but, more vitally to my predilections, it is also the name of a wine region solely dedicated to Italian sparkling wine. Produced in the [More]

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