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Pinot Noir or Pinot Nero?

Italian Wine

Pinot Noir ­is one of the most famous and revered grape varietals in the world. Originally from France, this notoriously delicate and difficult-to-grow varietal is nevertheless loved by winemakers all over the world. Pinot Noir, depending on where is grown and how it is vinified (let’s not forget it’s also...

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Sicily's Nero d'Avola: an underdog no more

Indigenous Grape Varietals Italian Wine

Nero d’Avola, Sicily’s most widely planted red grape varietal, has been at the center of Italian winemaking for a few years now. But this wasn’t always the case. For most of the twentieth century, this indigenous red grape varietal lurked in the shadows; in fact, Nero d’Avola was regarded as a...

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Aglianico red wine: Italy's best kept secret, which is not a secret anymore

Indigenous Grape Varietals Italian Wine

Never heard of Aglianico red wine? Not surprised. It is perhaps one of Italy’s best kept secrets, a wine that can rival in complexity with some of the most famous Italian denominations but comes at a fraction of the cost. Aglianico is an indigenous grape, native to Southern Italy -...

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Zinfandel, Primitivo or Crljenak Kaštelanski?

Californian Wine Grape Varietals Italian Wine

Zinfandel – often referred to as "Zin" – is one the most famous and beloved Californian red wines. Zinfandel grapes were once thought to be native to California. Some Zinfandel vineyards, in fact, are undoubtedly among the oldest in the country. The Original Grandpere Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills is 143 years...

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