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Vinous Table: Da Romano, Burano, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2019

Da Romano is not just a restaurant, it’s an institution. Located on the colorful island of Burano, Da Romano offers wonderful Venetian cuisine, a solid wine list and extremely friendly, competent service, all in a historic, evocative setting.

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Vinous Table: All'Osteria Bottega, Bologna, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: North

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2019

Bologna is one of Italy’s temples of gastronomy. There are few better places to partake in its delights than at All’Osteria Bottega, an informal eatery that serves up a bevy of tried and true classics.

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Soave and the Still White Wines of Veneto

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2019

Soave is Veneto’s best-known still white wine, but the region boasts many other fine whites, produced from a plethora of different grape varieties and terroirs. From the sands of Venice to the volcanic hills of the Colli Euganei, many of Veneto’s other whites are worth hunting down and getting to know.

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Vinous Table: Le Calandre, Veneto, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, May 2019

Nobody does modern Italian cuisine better than the Alajmo family of Le Calandre, the multi-awarded, ultra-famous restaurant just outside Padova. An excellent wine list, great service and a refined environment all contribute to the magic.

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Sartarelli Verdicchio Balciana: 2007-2015

Italy: North, featured, Italy

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2019

A wine with an undoubtedly long name, Balciana is deservedly also long on fame. One of Italy’s 20 or 30 best dry white wines, Balciana’s viscous, late-harvested personality makes it the closest thing to a great Alsace white that Italy offers.

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Trentino: New Releases

Italy: North, featured, Italy

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2019

While it is common to refer to Trentino and Alto Adige as one region, Trentino and Alto Adige, are in fact, quite different from historical, geographic, and social perspectives. But the differences in terms of grape varieties and wines are just as big.

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Franciacorta: Bring In The Holidays With Italian Bubbles

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2018

Franciacorta makes arguably Italy’s best sparkling wines. Riper and rounder than Champagne, and made from blends of Pinot Nero, Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco (not Pinot Meunier), Franciacorta offers a lovely alternative to the world’s best-known bubbly.

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The Wines of Alto Adige

Italy: North, featured, Italy

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2018

Alto Adige arguably makes Italy’s best white wines. Climate change and more judicious use of oak have also improved the red wines, especially the delicious one-two punch delivered by the Schiava varieties and Lagrein. The odd bottle of outstanding Pinot Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon rounds out a truly noteworthy offering of world-class wines.

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Vinous Table: Langosteria, Milan, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2018

Langosteria is one of the hippest restaurants in Milan that harkens back to Paris brasseries, but with a Milanese fashion attitude, very good food and a truly outstanding wine list.

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Les Crêtes Fumin: 1994 - 2015

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2018

There is perhaps no single producer in Italy who has done more for their region and its wines than Costantino Charrère of Les Crêtes. Over the years, Charrère has made some of Italy’s best white wines from old, forgotten varieties, but he is also responsible for the best example of the Valle d’Aosta’s distinctive red grape, Fumin, as this recent vertical tasting amply demonstrates.