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Emilia-Romagna New Releases: Something For Everyone

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2018

There’s much more to the wines of Emilia-Romagna than just Lambrusco. The region offers myriad wine grapes and styles that deserve to be better known. Mostly gentle pricing provides a strong incentive to get to know these underrated wines even better.

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Nals-Margreid: Pinot Bianco Sirmian 1986 – 2016

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2018

Only a few places in the world make truly exceptional Pinot Biancos. Italy’s Alto Adige is one of them. The Nals-Margreid coop is especially adept at turning out great Pinot Biancos. This vertical of the flagship Pinot Bianco Sirmian once again showed how beautiful and expressive the wines can be.

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Vinous Table: Campamac – Osteria di Livello, Barbaresco, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2017

I haven’t done the math, but I would be willing to bet no other place in the world can match Piedmont for its sheer concentration of world-class restaurants, most of which are situated within a few kilometers from each other. Located in the heart of Barbaresco, Campamac is the newest addition to Piedmont’s glorious dining scene.

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Ronco del Gelso Pinot Grigio Sot lis Rivis 2006 – 2015

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2017

Ronco del Gelso’s wines belong in the top tier of their respective categories. The Pinot Grigio Sot lis Rivis is an especially noteworthy white that once again proves that Italy’s best examples of its oft-maligned yet incredibly popular Pinot Grigio can be world-class drinks.

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Prà Soave Classico Monte Grande: 1998 - 2015

featured, Italy: North, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2017

Prà’s distinctive and atypical Soave Classico Monte Grande bottling offers an important glimpse of the quality that other great Soaves might deliver in the future.

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Vinous Table: Taverna del Colleoni Dell’Angelo, Bergamo, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Aug 2017

Colleoni is a truly historic Italian restaurant where you’ll essentially never have a bad meal. It is a bastion of ultra-dependable, traditional cooking where locals and their families have been feasting happily for decades, and so should you, any chance you get. The fact Colleoni is located in Bergamo, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, only makes a visit more interesting.

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Harnessing the Potential of Soave

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Thanks to their affordability and their bright, crisp notes of fresh orchard and citrus fruits, white flowers and minerals, the wines of Soave are some of Italy’s most popular whites. The 2014 and 2015 vintages are a study in contrasts, allowing a glimpse of the delightful spectrum of aromas and flavors that Soave offers.

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Vinous Table: La Siriola, San Cassiano, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

A playground for adults and kids alike, Alto Adige offers world-class skiing, superb cuisine and fabulous wines, all set against the striking natural backdrop of Italy’s Dolomites. The Ciasa Salares hotel and its flagship restaurant La Siriola are must-stops for readers seeking the very best in Alto Atesino hospitality.

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Ronchi di Cialla's Schioppettino di Cialla: 1982-2010

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Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Friuli Venezia Giulia’s Schioppettino is one of the world’s most interesting and potentially great red grape varieties. Schioppettinos are especially characterized by an enticing green peppercorn note that is extremely typical and juicy, bright, mid-weight frames. Ronchi di Cialla’s Schioppettino is an iconic and historic wine in the true sense of those words, and Italy’s finest expression of the grape.

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Vinous Table: Osteria Alle Testiere, Venice, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Venice’s Osteria Alle Testiere is one of my favorite dining spots in the world. I repeat, in the world. Small, cozy and always packed, getting a table is nearly impossible so plan and reserve ahead. You’ll be rewarded with one of the best, most authentic cuisines of the world’s most beautiful city.