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Eager to Ditch Its Bulk-Wine Past, Puglia Embraces Native Grapes and Hip Hop

Eager to Ditch Its Bulk-Wine Past, Puglia Embraces Native Grapes and Hip Hop

The jazzy hip-hop stylings of R+R=NOW, a group somewhat similar to the Roots, fill the air above the hills of Locorotondo, Italy during its annual Locus Festival. About an hour south of Bari, in southeastern Italy, Locorotondo has hosted this summertime celebration to all things Puglia for 14 years. The crowd is happily nodding and […]

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Where We’re Drinking in 2019: Sicily

Where We’re Drinking in 2019: Sicily

Passion and drinking are a timelessly alluring combination. And nowhere do those twin temptations meet to better effect than in Sicily. Maybe it’s the hot tension of the very much active Mount Etna, on whose fertile slopes grow centuries-old vines. Or maybe the secret lies in its delicious isolation — not quite Europe, not Africa.

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There’s a Chianti Classico for Everyone on Your Holiday Gift List

There’s a Chianti Classico for Everyone on Your Holiday Gift List

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s not too early to think about gifts for the important people in your life. A surefire option that will please nearly everyone on your list is a nice bottle of Italian wine. This year, consider Chianti Classico, an Italian red wine from a region that has been recognized […]

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Damilano Langhe Nebbiolo ‘Marghe’ 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Damilano Langhe Nebbiolo ‘Marghe’ 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Nebbiolo is one the world’s greatest grapes. It’s the pride of Piedmont, the northern Italian region that gives us the storied wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. These wines often require two things that present challenges to many wine lovers: significant money and time aging in the bottle. Fortunately, there is very good Nebbiolo that can […]

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The Differences Between Prosecco, Franciacorta, And Other Italian Bubbles, Explained

The Differences Between Prosecco, Franciacorta, And Other Italian Bubbles, Explained

Prosecco is a global superpower. Nearly 20 percent of all sparkling wine sold in 2017 was Prosecco, according to Nielsen data, and sales were up 21 percent over the previous year. And that’s not the half of it. Industry experts like Vinexpo CEO Guillaume Deglise predict that Prosecco sales will continue to soar, increasing by […]

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Where Do Restaurant Insiders Turn for Inspiration? Italian Wines. Here’s Why.

Where Do Restaurant Insiders Turn for Inspiration? Italian Wines. Here’s Why.

Italy, the birthplace of pizza, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance, is exalted for its numerous cultural and historical achievements. Its winemaking heritage spans centuries of traditions, beginning with the Etruscans and Romans, and continuing to this day. Whether it’s a crisp Bianco (white) or a rich Rosso (red), wine is as much a part […]

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