Perhaps the most confusing part of looking at an Italian wine label — or any European wine label, for that matter — is the appellation system. Is DOC different from DOCG? Why do some bottles say DOC and some say DOP? What do they even stand for, anyway?
Step aside, Brunello– we’re looking elsewhere for our Sangiovese fix (and our wallets will thank us later!). Introducing Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the answer to all of your tastebuds’ Tuscan dreams. Produced from the vineyards surrounding the medieval Tuscan town of Montepulciano, Vino Nobile produces lush, vibrant wines brimming with flavors of black fruit and […]
Tuscany is a wine region famous for its beauty and tradition. But one wine breaks the rules of the region, creating a blend that is anything but traditional. That wine is the Super Tuscan, a term you may have encountered while pursuing the menu of a fancy Italian restaurant or steakhouse, or heard from a wine […]
Great Italian wine doesn’t always need to be served with Italian food, but sometimes the food and wine go so well together you can’t imagine consuming anything else. Such is the case when it comes to pairing pizza or pasta with red sauce and Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano. The region of Montepulciano, which is in […]
The difference between Barolo, Brunello and Barbaresco is a story of two grapes, three wine regions, and traditional versus modern winemaking practices. It’s a good, and not coincidentally delicious, wine story.
Rosés now come in all shades and from a variety of different countries and thanks to the wine’s ever growing popularity, that means you’re more likely to find a wide range of styles when you head out to your local wine shop in search of a pink-hued sipper. No more is great rosé simply coming […]
We’ll admit to being on a Super Tuscan kick as of late, especially when it comes to identifying affordable bottles of this prized category that still exhibit a wow factor. And Castello Banfi’s Belnero is one such bottle that truly delivers.
Tuscany is known for its lavish landscape, mouthwatering olive oil, unique artistic legacy, and most importantly its abundance of wine. With all of these attributes it’s no wonder that Tuscany is one of the world’s most desirable destinations and we want to help you plan (or fantasize about) your next trip. So, we’ve compiled the […]
Come with me to the center of Italy. To a place that once stretched from the eastern Tiber river all the way up to the Po Valley, but today is the fourth smallest region of the Apennine peninsula. A place named after the Greek word Ombrikoi, which means rainy, that is decorated with ancient villages […]