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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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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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Review: Arianna Occhipinti ‘SP68’ Rosso 2016

Review: Arianna Occhipinti ‘SP68’ Rosso 2016

With such a wide variety of wines available in wine shops across the U.S., it’s hard to justify ever buying the same wine twice. Thousands of grape varieties are bottled in wines from every corner of the globe, creating neverending exploration possibilities. There are a few bottles, though, that I have a hard time resisting […]

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This Versatile Italian Red Is Sicily’s Answer to Pinot Noir

This Versatile Italian Red Is Sicily’s Answer to Pinot Noir

Put down the Pinot Noir and step away from the corkscrew. There’s a new light red in town, and — I’m going to say it —it’s better. Nerello Mascalese isn’t some sommelier favorite that’s hard to pronounce and impossible to find outside of hipster wine bars. It’s the people’s grape of Mount Etna, Sicily, and […]

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Four Islands Whose Wines Are Making Waves

Four Islands Whose Wines Are Making Waves

There’s no question that islands are dreamy, picturesque vacation destinations, many of which have likely been flooding your Instagram these past few months. But it may surprise you to learn that islands around the world are also producing some of today’s most exciting wines. While each island wine region has a different climate, terroir, and […]

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Review: Al-Cantàra ‘La Fata Galanti’ Nerello Cappuccio 2014

Review: Al-Cantàra ‘La Fata Galanti’ Nerello Cappuccio 2014

Things not often heard during the height of summer: “I’m really in the mood for red wine.” But whether it’s due to an over-saturation of rosé and summer whites, or the fact that I am currently storing all red wines in my refrigerator to keep them from spoiling in the heat, lately I find myself […]

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For an Italian Wine Region That Does It All, Turn to Sicily

For an Italian Wine Region That Does It All, Turn to Sicily

What’s large, in-charge, and home to some of the greatest wines in southern Europe? Welcome to Sicily, home of orange trees, olive groves, and more vineyards than you could possibly imagine. While we might think of Sicily as being small, it’s actually the largest island in the entire Mediterranean Sea, giving way to a serious […]

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There Are Rocks Inside Your Wine. Here’s How To Understand Minerality

There Are Rocks Inside Your Wine. Here’s How To Understand Minerality

If grape vines are babies, terroir-driven wines are the well-adjusted adult—flavorful, complex, and sometimes a little weird. Terroir is after all, that mysterious sense of place developed with each drop of rain, sunny day, hail storm and the rocks present in the soil. Yes, rocks. While wines don’t acquire minerality by slurping minerals from the […]

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