Italy, Tuscany: A Spotlight on Sassicaia on its 50th Vintage

The first commercial vintage of Tenuta San Guido’s legendary wine Sassicaia was 1968. The current release (reviewed here) is 2018....

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Italy, Tuscany: The Tuscan Coast

This represents a mixed bag from Coastal Tuscany, including red wines, fresh white blends and a growing number of organic and biodynamic selections....

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My 2020 Wine Discoveries: Monica Larner – Italy, a Land of Discovery

No matter how well I think I know my adopted home, Italy always serves up a generous portion of discoveries. This year’s list includes 12 wines from Italy....

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Italy, Tuscany: Loose Ends from Carmignano, Chianti Rúfina and More

This is a mixed bag of wines from across Tuscany, including historic Carmignano west of Florence and Chianti Rúfina east of the Renaissance capital....

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Italy, Tuscany: A Spotlight on Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

This is a small grouping of wines from the region, with just 28 samples tasted, making it more of a spotlight on the region rather than a full report....

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Italy, Tuscany: Bolgheri

Scorching summer temperatures and bone-dry soils were a common feature of the 2017 growing season across much of Tuscany and Italy....

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Italy, Tuscany: Bellwether Brunello di Montalcino (the Classy 2016s and the Flashy 2015 Riservas)

New releases from Tuscany’s superstar appellation, 2016 Brunello di Montalcino and 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, will hit the market in January 2021....

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Italy, Piedmont: Barolo, Barbaresco & More – Lockdown Wines

This report contains more than 900 reviews of Barolo, Barbaresco, Roero, Langhe Nebbiolo, Barbera d’Alba, Barbera d’Asti, Alta Langa and more. These are the ultimate lockdown wines. You should lock...

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The Decameron: 100 Wines for Quarantine

As Giovanni Boccaccio teaches us in The Decameron, storytelling with a glass of wine, or two, will help us pass the time during this terrible crisis of COVID-2019…...

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Italy, Emilia Romagna: Wines to Pair with Tortellini

Every year in September, I head to Castelfranco Emilia to participate in the Dama del Tortellino festival that celebrates Italy’s ultimate comfort food: tortellini stuffed with three kinds of minced...

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