Tagged: Wine

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Lambrusco: A Fizzy Red Wine for Fall

During the past few years, we’ve seen Lambrusco sales jump as folks begin to import better quality, delicious wines made by careful and conscientious winemakers.

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Savoring Italian Vermouth: Vergano and the House of Cocchi

Today, I wanted to talk about two of my favorite Italian vermouths: a classic dark vermouth from the House of Cocchi, one of the original Torino vermouth makers; and the other, a limited production white vermouth from chemist-turned-vermouth producer Mauro Vergano.

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End of Summer Italian Rosés

Jessica and I are highlighting two of our favorite rosés to drink into these last days of summer. Both of these pinks are darker in color and more robust in body than their pale, delicate sisters we were sipping in early summer and spring.

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Champagne History and a Mild Rant

The Champagne region of France was the first to make very serious bubblies, and is still considered to be the best producer of fine sparkling wines.

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Putting the Bubbles in Bubbly Wines

When we pop the cork of a sparkling wine at a party or for a celebratory moment, we release a flurry of bubbles. How do those bubbles get in there? There are several ways that it can happen.

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VinItaly 2013: Discovering New Gems and Finding Exclusives

This year, my trip to Italy’s most renowned wine show, VinItaly, took on a different emphasis and dynamic. In previous years, navigating thronged pavilions of growers and tasters and trailing fellow importers was at center stage. This time, while those goals remained important, the focus was on introducing Jessica, a talented and emerging wine buyer for the shop, to many of the people that stand behind the Italian wines on our shelves.

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Party-Sized Provençal: A White Wine for Spring

We’re welcoming the first sunny weeks of spring with magnums of elegant white wine from Provence. This minuscule production Bandol Blanc from Château de Pibarnon is a blend of mostly Clairette and Bourboulenc with some Roussanne, Ugni Blanc and small amounts of other white grapes including Viognier.

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Small Estate Port: Quinta do Infantado Tawny Porto

Quinta do Infantado is unusual in that they are a small estate that bottles their own ports. The brother and sister team of Joao and Catherine Roseira are famous for making ports that are a bit drier than average, but with a marvelous richness of fruit.

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Links Worth a Look

Here are some posts and articles related to food and drink worth a read from various sources on the web.