Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

Eloro?

Tweet THE SICILIAN WINES OF RIOFAVARA by Anthony Lynch You are likely unfamiliar with this wine zone of southeast Sicily, just outside the hilltop town of Ispica and its stunning Baroque architecture. More likely you know its star grape variety, Nero d’Avola. While it can be found all over Sicily, Nero d’Avola takes on another […]

A Night on the Town with Marco Tintero

Tweet by Anthony Lynch Meeting Marco Tintero for the first time, several years ago at his winery in the Piedmont town of Mango, proved an exciting event for me. A longtime drinker—guzzler, if we’re being honest—of his humbly priced frizzanti, I had long looked forward to getting to know the man behind them. And Marco […]

Sesti

Tweet by Anthony Lynch In 1975, when Giuseppe Sesti purchased the hilltop ruins of the Castello di Argiano in the southern part of the Brunello di Montalcino zone, the local wine had yet to achieve the international prestige it enjoys today. Production methods tended toward the rustic, and very few estates bottled the deeply colored, […]

Introducing La Marca di San Michele

Tweet VERDICCHIO FROM LE MARCHE AT ITS FINEST by Dixon Brooke The little village of Cupramontana, perched high in the hills of Italy’s Le Marche region, within view of the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Apennine Mountains to the west, is the birthplace of this young, exciting estate. Founded by the children of […]

Farmers’ Markets

Tweet Room to Improve? by Kermit Lynch   I brag to French friends about Berkeley’s farmers’ market: how great the quality is, what a large selection of organic produce it features, and that vendors here really are farmers—dear Annabelle Lenderink, for example. The growth of farmers’ markets in this country is amazing. For that luxury […]

November Newsletter: Annual Champagne Sale, Grand Cru Alsace, Brunello

Tweet The November Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… CHAMPAGNE A NEW ERA by Anthony Lynch Times are changing in the Champagne world. From its chalky fields to the cool, dim cellars below, producers are rethinking their approach to the storied bubbly, aided by advances in […]

Liguria

Tweet By Anthony Lynch We love Liguria. The region’s joyous charm is evidenced by its lively wines, delicious creations that speak to an ancient history of grape-growing on steep slopes overlooking irresistible Mediterranean waters. This tradition lives on through the Ruffino family of Punta Crena: Tommaso makes the wine, his brother Paolo sells it, their […]

Introducing Davide Vignato, Domaine Pierre Guillemot, Mighty Alsace

Tweet The August Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… INTRODUCING DAVIDE VIGNATO by Dixon Brooke I am so grateful for having discovered this obscure region, in the volcanic basalt hills east of Soave in northern Italy’s Veneto. I have always loved Venetian whites made from the […]

June Newsletter: 2015 Rosés, Premier Cru Burgundy, & Juicy Italian Values

Tweet The June Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… HERE THEY COME THE 2015 ROSÉS > by Julia Issleib Along with fresh strawberries and white asparagus, rosé is what I most look forward to when early summer rolls around. From north to south, here are six […]

May Newsletter: Transcendent de Villaine, Quintarelli New Arrivals, & Top Oyster Wines

Tweet The May Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… A. & P. DE VILLAINE CÔTE CHALONNAISE TRANSCENDence by Dixon Brooke 2014 BOUZERON > Pierre de Benoist has crafted a masterful and irresistible Aligoté in what is turning out to be a fabulous vintage for white Burgundy. […]