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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 [More]

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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 [More]

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Breathtaking Scenery Surrounds Alto Adige Wines

If you are not familiar with Alto Adige wines, hailing from the Northern Italian region bordering Austria and Switzerland, one look at the photo above should have you intrigued. Some of my favorite white wines in the world come from this region. (Though the reds recently caught my eye.) At a recent seminar I had [More]

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Barley Papardelle with Cabbage Sprouts at Il Corvo in Seattle

Eating at Il Corvo in Seattle for the first time, I took one look at the menu and knew I was going to get the Barley Papardelle with Cabbage Sprouts. I also knew I was going to get a glass of wine. I enjoyed a simple Italian Pinot Grigio poured into a rocks glass. Nothing [More]

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Happiness is a Sparkling Rosé Made from Nerello Mascalese

I feel so passionately about drinking sparkling rosé, especially examples made from unusual grapes like Nerello Mascalese, that I’d gladly pedal this pink bicycle around town to try and win new converts. I have had a lifelong (well, since I attained legal drinking age) love of dry rosé and my feeling is adding bubbles just [More]

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Sunday Afternoons Were Made for Muller Thurgau

The grape: Muller Thurgau* (Huh? Bear with me.) Who made it: Alois Lageder Where it’s from: Alto Adige, Northern Italy. What does it mean?: Don’t sweat it. Just crisp, dry refreshment from a stunning location. Where I drank it: Bar Ferd’nand, in the Melrose Market, Capitol Hill, Seattle. Source: Uploaded by user via Jameson on [More]

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An Alto Adige Wine That Needs To Be in Your Fridge

I try not to be so strident about what “you need to do,” but I’m breaking this rule for a particular Alto Adige wine that I adore. I mean, just look up at this amazing photo! Alto Adige is a picturesque, dramatic region of Northern Italy, right below Austria. The wines, especially the white wines, [More]

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Getting to Know Grillo From Mozia

Getting to visit the Grillo vineyards on the island of Mozia–a short and extremely charming boat ride off the western coast of Sicily–is a rare treat. The first thing you see as you push off the coast in a modest, leisurely-driven boat are these enormous piles of salt baking in the sun. (The tiles are [More]

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