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2004 Giacomo Conterno Barbera d’Alba: The Best Red Wine in a Long Time

I chose my last bottle of 2004 Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia Barbera d’Alba for Saturday’s “Open That Bottle Night” festivities. If this is the first time you’ve heard of the event, you can get the story on Grape Collective. It comes as a once-a-year reminder to not wait for that “special” event to open a [More]

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What’s the Difference Between Barolo and Barbaresco?

Both come from Italy’s Piedmont region, are made from the Nebbiolo grape, and start with “B”. But what’s really the difference between Barolo and Barbaresco? I started pondering this question while enjoying a bottle of the 2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo. “Barbaresco” is part of the producer’s name, but it’s technically not a Barbaresco. [More]

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Two of My Favorite Reasonably Priced Italian Wines

Had dinner at La Spiga on Thursday and thoroughly enjoyed selecting two fantastic wines: Abbazia di Novacella Kerner and the Scavino Vino Da Tavola Rosso. Wow, reading over those names makes me realize that these are not the easiest of wines to pick from a list and order with confidence if you lack experience (aka [More]

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