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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Grandma’s Quilt, Saginaw, MI, and Maculan Brentino

Lately I’ve been marveling at this quilt that belonged to my Grandma. It’s something I’m sure she made, but a recent (less than 24 hours ago) conversation with my Mom opened the door to the possibility it was made by my great-Grandma. Regardless, it’s a treasure of a family heirloom. Each colorful hexagon is made [...]

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The Corner of Thinkable and Drinkable: 3 Views of Frasca and Scarpetta

Last year I attended a very memorable lunch at Seattle’s The Coterie Room featuring the food of Frasca and the wines of Scarpetta. (Check out the recap.) Restaurant and winery owners Bobby Stuckey (the sommelier) and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson (the chef) held court, both equally entertaining and inspiring. So it was with great pleasure that I recently [...]

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Italian Sparkling Wine is Festive and Delightful

What’s all the fuss about Italian sparkling wine, specifically Prosecco, Lambrusco, and Moscato d’Asti? The lastest episode of my Wine Without Worry podcast makes a return trip to Italy to find out. My guest is the charismatic Brian Larky, who I last saw on a January press trip with Jarvis Communications. So who is Brian? [...]

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Love For Lambrusco and OG Boomboxes

A quick search on Flickr for a Lambrusco image I could use for a post came up with many interesting options. Like most times when hunting for a wine-related image, you never know what you’re going to find. I’m going with this one. An iPod run through a docking station cloaked by cardboard resembling a [...]

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Italian Rosé Update: Il Chiaretto

Through the magic of the internet, my enthusiastic post about an Italian rosé called “Il Chiaretto” from producer Azienda Agricola San Giovanni found its way to the importer, A.I. Selections. I got a nice e-mail from their East Coast Manager, Birk O’Halloran, who was kind enough to let me share his additional comments concerning a [...]

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An Italian Rosé and a Fresh Summer Salad for Outdoor Dining

Would you look at this nice, sweaty-from-the fridge, Italian rosé? You just know it’s going to be lovely with a fresh summer salad and, most importantly, a group of friends. The bottle you see pictured, the Il Chiaretto from producer Azienda Agricola San Giovanni, comes in squat little bottle that has a sturdy presence on [...]

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Frasca Food, Scarpetta Wine, and a New Sparkling Rosé to Love

No fermented beverage excites me more than sparkling rosé, so it didn’t take much arm twisting to accept an invitation from Vinum Importing to a lunch featuring the Italian wines of Scarpetta and the food from Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, CO. How does an Italian winery and a Colorado restaurant come to host [...]

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A Delightful Italian White Wine Made from the Pecorino Grape

Like me, you’ve probably heard of Pecorino in connection to Italian cheese. But did you know that there is a Pecorino grape that makes a wonderful Italian white wine of the same name? Yeah, me neither. One of the nice things about working in a wine bar/shop is you never know what wine rep is [...]

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