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Venica & Venica Friulano Collio Ronco delle Cime 1990–2017

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2020

Venica’s Ronco delle Cime is one of Italy’s benchmark Friulanos. Sleek and refined, it ages well, never losing its crisp, juicy character and food-friendly personality.

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Schiopetto Friulano: 1992-2017

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2020

Mario Schiopetto is considered the father of modern Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) wines. Before his arrival, FVG wines garnered mostly local interest and were consumed fairly quickly after the harvest. But Schiopetto’s wines were clean, precise, mineral and ageworthy, and they rapidly gained an international following, literally putting FVG on the map. Schiopetto’s Friulano, first made in 1965, has long been one of the region’s gold standards for this iconic indigenous variety.

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Latest Releases: Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia and Sardinia

Italy: Center & South, featured

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2020

Southern Italy offers many excellent and often inexpensive wines for those willing to venture outside their comfort zone. Although there are underachievers, if you stick to the producers I recommend here, you won’t be disappointed, for there are a myriad of wine grapes, styles and estates worth discovering.

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Alto Adige: On a Roll

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2020

Readers will find some of Italy’s best wines in Alto Adige, the northerly mountain region that borders Austria. It is here that the country’s top white wines are made, while there are increasingly more compelling reds to choose from as well. Readers won’t want to miss out on the latest vintages. Overall quality has never been higher.

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Volpe Pasini Pinot Bianco Zuc di Volpe: 1999-2017

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2020

Pinot Bianco has called Friuli Venezia Giulia home for centuries now. Volpe Pasini’s Zuc di Volpe single-vineyard bottling is one of the best Pinot Biancos Italy has to offer. Pretty and varietally expressive, it’s also quite ageworthy.

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Gulfi Nero d’Avola Nerosanloré: 2001-2015

Italy: Center & South, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2020

Gulfi was the first winery in Sicily to believe in single-contrada Nero d’Avolas. Today, Gulfi makes four such wines that highlight the extraordinary diversity of these sites, all of them so well-suited to showing the potential of Sicily’s indigenous Nero d’Avola. This vertical spanned a representative selection of the Nerosanloré - arguably the most elegant of the wines.

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Valle d’Aosta: Micro Productions, Mega Quality

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2020

Valle d’Aosta makes some of Italy’s most distinctive wines. Unlike most other regions of Italy, producers here excel with both native and international varieties. The latest vintages confirm this – and then some.

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Tiberio Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 2005-2018

Italy: Center & South, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2020

Tiberio’s Pecorino has fast become a gold standard for the variety, delivering aromas and flavors and a relatively rich glyceral texture that are archetypal of the cultivar, but with more refinement than most wines made with this trendy Italian native grape.

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Friuli Venezia Giulia: The New Releases

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2020

Along with Piedmont and the Valle d’Aosta, Friuli Venezia Giulia offers wine lovers the greatest diversity in grape varieties and wine styles of any region in Italy. The whites and sweet wines are among the best in the country, and the reds have also become especially enticing in recent years.

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Grosjean Petite Arvine: 1997-2016

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2019

Although the birthplace of Petite Arvine is contested between the Switzerland’s Valais and Italy’s Valle d’Aosta, there is no doubt both countries make beautiful wines. The Grosjean family’s Petite Arvine is especially fine, and it ages well, too.