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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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Italy’s Rosé Revolutionaries Are Reclaiming Local Grapes With (Gasp!) French Techniques

Italy’s Rosé Revolutionaries Are Reclaiming Local Grapes With (Gasp!) French Techniques

Rosé is arguably the wine industry’s biggest success story of the 21st century. Winemakers worldwide are producing more pink juice than ever before, and those of us in the U.S. have more to choose from than any other time in our history. As with any other product category, from brick oven pizza to alternative rock, […]

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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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Prosecco Is More Than Just A Mimosa Wine

Prosecco Is More Than Just A Mimosa Wine

This article is brought to you by the Prosecco DOC Consortium, the official source of all things Prosecco DOC in the United States and the host of National Prosecco Week.  Mimosas are a celebration in a glass. Pairing sweet orange juice with bubbles makes any occasion feel festive. When we put Prosecco into orange juice, we […]

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The History of Aperitivo Hour

The History of Aperitivo Hour

This article is brought to you by the Prosecco DOC Consortium, the official source of all things Prosecco DOC in the United States and the host of National Prosecco Week.  Aperitivo is like happy hour, if every happy hour were beautifully lit, accompanied by incredible food and drink, and utterly life-affirming. The Italian tradition occurs […]

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Murgo Etna Rosso 2015, Sicily

Murgo Etna Rosso 2015, Sicily

For years, Nero d’Avola was the “it” wine of Sicily. So much of the dark, full-bodied wine was exported to the United States that it became almost synonymous with Sicilian vino. Many of them were inexpensive and, frankly, forgettable. A more interesting Sicilian red, Etna Rosso, is now getting a good deal of attention, and […]

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The Difference Between Campari and Aperol, Explained

The Difference Between Campari and Aperol, Explained

Double IPAs. Black coffee. Kale salad. Our taste in food and drink seems to be getting rather, well, bitter these days. But that’s a good thing, especially when it comes to appreciating the delights of acerbic apéritifs like Aperol and Campari. Traditionally consumed to stimulate the palate before eating, apéritifs — or aperitivos in local […]

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6 Ways to Summer Friday Like an Italian

6 Ways to Summer Friday Like an Italian

It’s 2:59 p.m. on a sunny Friday in June. The heat is borderline criminal, and everyone in your office (even your boss) is packing up and heading out. You can’t stand another minute in your office and are craving something bright and refreshing to set your weekend off right. Enter Mezza di Mezzacorona Italian Glacial […]

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