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Looking to Collect and Age Wine? Start With Italy

Looking to Collect and Age Wine? Start With Italy

Collecting wine can involve complex bidding wars on rare entities with nebulous certificates of authenticity (yeesh). Or it can be as simple as carefully choosing bottles and storing them properly. If you want to dip your toes into the collection pool, start with Italian wine. Sure, there are over 20 regions, and each region is […]

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The Definitive Guide to Pairing Italian Wine with Classic Italian Fare

The Definitive Guide to Pairing Italian Wine with Classic Italian Fare

Pairing food with wine can be daunting. On the one hand, there’s science. Those who take that route will pore over acid matches and all that. But in the simplest terms, the best way to pair foods and wines is to remember one helpful rhyme: what grows together goes together. Translation? Eat foods grown and […]

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Review: Tenuta di Arceno ‘Strada al Sasso’ Chianti Classico Riserva 2008

Review: Tenuta di Arceno ‘Strada al Sasso’ Chianti Classico Riserva 2008

Everyone has that one bottle of wine that has been sitting in the back of the wine fridge for far longer than initially intended. It’s not that it’s being saved for any occasion in particular — it just never seems quite right for the moment. That’s what happened with a bottle of Tenuta di Arceno […]

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The Definitive Guide to the Regions of Chianti (With Map)

The Definitive Guide to the Regions of Chianti (With Map)

Chianti has been one of the most ubiquitous wines since even before Hannibal Lecter suggested it as a pairing with liver and fava beans. The wine, hailing from the region of the same name, is known for drinkability, cost-effectiveness, and a flavor profile consisting of red cherry fruit, herbal notes, and a touch of earth.

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An Illustrated Guide to Sangiovese From Italy

An Illustrated Guide to Sangiovese From Italy

One of the two key grapes in Italy — Nebbiolo being the other one — Sangiovese is often the sole or majority component of Tuscany’s most famed wines, such as Chianti, Brunello and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and is, in fact, the most-planted red grape in all of Italy. Known for being layered, savory, and ageable, […]

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Why This Tuscan Winery Is Kosher

Why This Tuscan Winery Is Kosher

Kosher wine has been gaining popularity among mainstream consumers recently, but the laws are detailed, and often complicated. Contrary to popular belief, kosher wine is not blessed by a rabbi; instead, once the grapes are pressed, only Sabbath-observant Jews can touch the wine. If a non-Jew or even a non-Orthodox Jew touches the wine, the entire vat […]

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