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The Last Frontier: Nebbiolos of Alto Piemonte & Valtellina

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Antonio Galloni, Jun 2018

Capable of expressing the purest essence of site, vintage and producer style, Nebbiolo is without question one of the world’s elite red grapes. Skyrocketing prices and soaring demand make it increasingly difficult for consumers to find the best Barolos and Barbarescos. But the glories of Nebbiolo stretch far beyond those prestigious appellations. Readers will find a bevy of striking, captivating wines in Alto Piemonte and Lombardy’s Valtellina.

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Mountain Magic: The Wines of Valle d’Aosta

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2018

The calling cards of Valle d’Aosta wines are freshness and purity. Unfortunately, production for most of the better wines is tiny. Unmistakable mountain quality makes these among my favorite Italian wines.

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Friuli Venezia Giulia: A Wine Smorgasbord

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, May 2018

No other region in Italy offers as large a selection of outstanding white wines from so many different grape varieties as Friuli Venezia Giulia does, while the region’s native red grapes yield wines that are equally distinctive.

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Vinous Table: Le Bar à Vin, Aosta, Italy

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Ian D'Agata, May 2018

A small, spartan-looking spot, Le Bar à Vin a first-rate wine list and the ingredient-focused cuisine of Paolo Vai, one of Italy’s greatest chefs.

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In Memory of Leonildo Pieropan

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2018

Simply put, there have been fewer better, nicer, more knowledgeable and more important people in the world of Italian wine than Leonildo (Nino) Pieropan. Words are truly incapable of expressing who Pieropan was and what he stood for.

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Vinous Table: Osteria Mondodoro, Verona, Italy

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Ian D'Agata, Apr 2018

Owner Stefano Enrico Sganzerla was born in a specialty food shop (literally) and so it is safe to say his destiny was sealed right from birth. From childhood onwards, Sganzerla’s life-beat has hummed along notes of food and wine. In his youth, he began working in the specialty food store, and then at his father’s coffee bar. That job description was not in tune with the young man’s aspirations, and so Sganzerla decided to open a trattoria, which is how he eventually realized his heart was in haute cuisine.

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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

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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.