Italian grapes

Everything You Never Knew About Chianti (And Why to Drink It Now)

Everything You Never Knew About Chianti (And Why to Drink It Now)

Say the words “red sauce,” and many of us immediately conjure the smell of hearty tomato “gravy” bubbling away on grandma’s stove or in the kitchen of a favorite Italian restaurant. Whether you’re of Italian descent or not, it’s hard to argue that the fresh zing of basil and oregano, the spicy scents of veal, […]

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The Complete Guide to the Three Great Reds of Italy: INFOGRAPHIC

The Complete Guide to the Three Great Reds of Italy: INFOGRAPHIC

Italy has more than 1,300 estimated grape varieties, but three red grapes are more noble than all others: Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Aglianico, as they are generally believed to be the three best native red grapes in the entire country. Now, you may know these by their appellation names, such as Barolo for Nebbiolo or Chianti […]

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We Asked 10 Somms: Why Do You Love Italian Wine?

We Asked 10 Somms: Why Do You Love Italian Wine?

Among the great wine countries of the world, Italy is one of the most diverse. The sheer variety of grapes and styles offered within the country’s 20 regions can seem intimidating at first to those looking to master its nuances, but it’s also the reason why somms are continually intrigued by Italy’s wines. We asked […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Dolcetto

An Illustrated Guide to Dolcetto

Dolcetto is the earliest-ripening grape of southern Piedmont’s three major red varieties. It’s often planted in the coolest pockets of the hills, where Nebbiolo and Barbera cannot ripen. Its name, translating to “little sweet one,” refers not to the wine Dolcetto produces but to the grapes themselves. Though Dolcetto wines do tend to be fruit-forward, they […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Nerello Mascalese

An Illustrated Guide to Nerello Mascalese

If you don’t already know Nerello Mascalese, you should. It stars in some of Sicily’s most exciting reds, thriving in the region’s volcanic soils on the eastern side of the island. Many liken Nerello Mascalese to the Pinot Noirs of Burgundy, praising its lingering minerality and bright acidity, but the wines can actually be quite […]

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This Italian Grape Is Back From Near-Extinction, Thanks to One Winemaker

This Italian Grape Is Back From Near-Extinction, Thanks to One Winemaker

Wine experts believe that Italy is home to more native wine grapes than any other country in the world. Yet many Italian wine lovers can’t name more than a handful of the estimated 2,000 varieties of Italy, sticking to their preferred Nebbiolo or Sangiovese. Some of the country’s most interesting grapes remain under the radar […]

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