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Campania: More Than Just Fiano, Greco and Aglianico

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2018

Campania is one of Italy’s best sources of distinctive white wines. A large number of indigenous grapes are matched to an equally diverse set of microclimates that give birth to striking wines. The reds are a bit of a mixed bag and run the gamut from extraordinary to overoaked and rustic wines that don’t always capture the full potential the region has to offer. Even so, Campania’s finest reds remain captivating.

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New Releases from Abruzzo and Molise: A Mixed Bag

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2018

Current releases from Abruzzo and Molise are mostly white wines from the very hot, dry, challenging 2017 growing season and fresh reds from the more classic 2016 harvest. Vintage difficulties aside, these regions offer many pleasant surprises, not to mention some stunning bargains.

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Vinous Table: Terrazza Vittoria, Sorrento, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2018

The Terrazza Vittoria in Sorrento is the beautiful terrace restaurant of the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, which offers a simple but fine lunch menu of classics in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings.

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Vinous Table: Mammà, Capri, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Aug 2018

Mammà offers striking views and terrific food and wine in one of the world’s most singularly beautiful places, the island of Capri. Professional service and a talented chef take care of the rest.

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Sardinia's Wines: High Quality, Low Visibility

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, March 2018

Sardinian wines have improved dramatically over the last two decades but remain relatively unknown. Numerous distinctive native grapes, wines in all colors and styles, and gentle prices are just some of the incentives for wine lovers everywhere.

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Vinous Table: The Corner Townhouse, Rome, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2018

The Corner Townhouse is one of the many recently born Rome restaurants that are popular with the “in” crowd, but The Corner has potential to stick around thanks to its inventive food, decent wine list and a beautiful dining room.

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New Releases from the Marche: Life Beyond Verdicchio?

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2018

The baseline quality level of the Marche’s wines is among the highest in Italy, with few truly bad wines these days. There are noteworthy peaks too, including some of Italy’s most ageworthy whites (made with Verdicchio) and unique aromatic reds (from the Lacrima and Vernaccia Nera varieties).

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Tasca d’Almerita’s Rosso del Conte: 1979 – 2012

featured, Italy: Center & South, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2017

Rosso del Conte is an iconic Italian wine, one of the first to show that southern Italy could produce world class, age-worthy reds. Rosso del Conte was tinkered with, over the years (not always succesfully, in my view,) but is back to where it should be, showcasing the heights that Nero d’Avola (and Perricone) can reach in the right hands.

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Sicily Continues To Progress

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2017

Two thousand sixteen is another good vintage for Sicily, with the Vittoria area especially exciting thanks to many outstanding Frappatos and Cerasuolo di Vittorias. Etna, Lipari and Pantelleria also shine - and keep an eye on new wines made with Perricone, a traditional red variety that is being rediscovered.

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Feudo Montoni’s Nero d’Avola Lagnusa and Vrucara: A Definitive Tasting of Two Great Italian Reds

featured, Italy: Center & South, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2017

I have always been awestruck by the purity and true-to-type aromas and flavors that owner Fabio Sireci is able to tease out of Nero d’Avola. Just as importantly, his two single vineyard Nero d’Avolas, Lagnusa and Vrucara, also showcase the characteristics of specific Sicilian terroirs. The two are absolute benchmarks of traditionally made Nero d’Avola wines.