Synergy in the Salento

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Puglia has an amazing food culture going back centuries. This, and three UNESCO sites, 500 miles of coastline and upwards of 45,000 olive trees mean it has a lot to capture hearts. And it has a slew of wine grapes, many indigenous to Puglia. It also has wine philosopher Francesco Dibenedetto at his l’archetipo winery in the Taranto province. Dibenedetto… Read more »

Terroir Puglia: De Carlo Organic Olive Oil

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Olio De Carlo Tenuta Torre di Mossa Organic extra virgin olive oil

I recently visited the southern Italian region Puglia with a handful of others to discover its wine, food, and cultural offerings. Based in the port town Bari, we set off each of five mornings with a packed agenda. This article focuses on Olio De Carlo, an organic Olive Oil producer just outside Bari. Wondering where Puglia is? This narrow and… Read more »

Change It Up with the Lugana DOC and Turbiana

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Lugana DOC Lombardy Veneto

If you like white wine and want to change things up this fall try the Turbiana grape. It’s from the inter-regional DOC Lugana shared between the Italian Lombardy and Veneto regions producing mostly rich, fuller-bodied wines. While in southern Lake Garda last year I spotted Lugana at a wine shop. Then visiting Pratello winery they poured their Lugana- my first… Read more »

Fourth Generation Grower Champagne Pierre Péters and Bourgeois-Diaz

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Grower Champagne is the smaller producer deciding what he or she wants to make and how. This is the essence of grower Champagne and two fourth-generation grower producers: Pierre Péters Champagne and Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz.

Obscure French Rosé Wines – Drink Now

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French rosé wines provence

Many styles of rosé come in mass-produced and boutique quantities, the later are more difficult to find. Both are good, but it’s the obscure French rosé that excites me.

A Bordeaux Producer To Watch, Head to Pomerol

Château de Sales Pomerol AOC Bordeaux

“Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte If you’ve been to Bordeaux chances are you made it to the right bank. There you’ll find several famous appellations vying for attention including Pomerol, the smallest of Bordeaux’s most esteemed. And in this AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protegee) where there are lots of families who own… Read more »

An Italian “Surprise” You Must Get To Know

giovanna tantini bardolino chiaretto doc

Northern Italy is full of (wine) surprises. It’s not just about Milan and the Cinque Terre, and Venice or Tuscany. Lots of people don’t explore outside of these destinations. So for those folks wanting fewer than a zillion tourists and interesting wines made with grapes native to Italy, head to Bardolino on Lake Garda. This area is making some of… Read more »