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Vinous Table: Aquila Nigra, Mantova, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2017

Aquila Nigra, Mantova’s best restaurant, is where generations of the city’s denizens have spent, at least ones, a family Sunday lunch or celebrated an important life event. It’s one of Italy’s best restaurants for outstanding dishes steeped in local tradition and authenticity.

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Tramin Pinot Grigio Unterebner: 2002-2015

Italy: North, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2017

Thinking of Pinot Grigio only in terms of insipid or boring wines is one of the biggest mistake made by wine lovers and wine experts today. The fact is Pinot Grigio is one of the world’s noble grapes. Tramin’s top of the line Unterebner bottling showcases the greatness the variety and wines are capable of.

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Miani: New Releases & More

Italy: North, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2017

These new releases from Miani and proprietor Enzo Pontoni show that Friuli’s most inspired, quality-obsessed grower continues to push the boundaries with brilliant whites and reds that showcase the pedigree of the region’s best sites.

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Manni Nössing Sylvaner: 2008-2015

Italy: North, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

Is Manni Nössing one of Italy’s top fifteen or so winemakers? The thought immediately springs to mind when tasting his lineup of Sylvaner, Grüner Veltliner, Kerner, and Müller-Thurgau wines. The Sylvaner, especially, reaches levels of purity, precision and age-worthiness uncommon in all but the world’s finest examples of this white wine.

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Köfererhof Kerner: 2006-2014

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

Although Kerner doesn’t enjoy the lofty reputation of grape varieties like Riesling and Pinot Noir, it has found a home in Alto Adige’s Valle Isarco area, where Köfererhof makes one of the region’s best and most ageworthy versions

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Cantina Terlano Pinot Bianco Vorberg: 1959-2014

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

Cantina Terlano, arguably Italy’s top producer of age-worthy whites, excels with a number of wines across their large range. The Pinot Bianco Vorberg, one of the Terlano flagships, ranks among the world’s most distinguished white wines. Vintages from the 1950s still drink beautifully today, a testament to this potential of this underrated variety.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Quintarelli Veneto Rosso del Bepi

Italy: North, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

In what he deemed to be poor vintages, or simply when the Amarone wasn’t up to his exacting standards, Giuseppe Quintarelli declassified his Amarone into the ‘Rosso del Bepi’ label.

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Miani’s Friulano Filip and Buri: 1991-2014

Italy: North, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

No other estate in Italy boasts a line-up of white wines as strong as Enzo Pontoni’s at Miani. His Friulano is the country’s greatest example of this wine. Magnificently deep, multilayered and unctuous, it offers a textbook example of Pontoni’s talent as well as a glimpse of the heights this variety can reach.

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Bubbles Ahoy!: Prosecco and Lessini Durello, Veneto’s Knockout Sparklers

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

Veneto is a source of world-class bubblies suitable for all palates and pockets. While wine lovers think of Prosecco as a simple quaffer, better examples are anything but that, and require long work hours per hectare to make what can be outstanding wines of uncommon balance and complexity. Also noteworthy are Veneto’s deep, multilayered but perhaps little-known Lessini Durello sparklers made by secondary fermentation in the bottle.

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Remembering Stanko Radikon

Italy: North

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2016

Stanko Radikon was a man of purpose and deeply held beliefs. Like many of the producers in this part of Italy, Radikon also carried a sense of gravitas acquired over many years of fighting against convention and dealing with the scorn his wines received in some circles. His recent passing is a huge loss to the world of wine.