Italian grapes

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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