Italian wines

Italian-American Wines Are Ready To Make A Comeback

12 great Italian varieties from U.S. producers
Mar 12, 2015 3:00 pm

The magic of traveling throughout many parts of California is that over the course of a relatively short drive you can experience entirely different climates — it can be 10 degrees warmer or colder and go from foggy to clear within a couple of miles. Such microclimates would not be unfamiliar to an Italian winemaker. Perhaps this little patch might be just right for Nebbiolo, while down in this valley over here the Sangiovese might be perfect. As winemakers in the U.S. realize that it’s possible to work with wine varieties that aren’t Francophonic, Italian-American wines are positioned for a major resurgence.

The Pantone Color Of The Year Is Named After Our Favorite Sicilian Fortified Wine

Hot color will cover up your holiday wine stains
Dec 4, 2014 12:30 pm

Pantone is a New Jersey-based company best known for creating a standardized color matching system used in many industries, but primarily printing. They’ve also become famous for rolling out “color of the year” each December for the following 12-month period. Today they announced the 2015 selection, inspired by a famous fortified wine produced in Sicily. Marsala, the color, is a little bit red, a little bit brown and decidedly earthy. One thing it is not is last year's purple.

These Are The 7 Rosés You Should Be Drinking All Spring And Summer

Wines available now, but drinking well for a while
May 7, 2014 1:00 pm

What is it about rosé that is so temporary? Although one or two of the wines featured here are made in a hurry, to be disposed of via picnic basket as soon as possible, some are quite serious, and might be delicious in November, or even next summer — keep an eye out for late season sales and go pink from now until forever!

Around The World In 80 Wine Varietals: Sangiovese

A complicated Italian grape makes for diverse wines
Mar 18, 2014 1:00 pm

Italian wine is complicated. Never mind that there are hundreds of grapes with hard-to-pronounce names indigenous to Italy and that the same genetic variety can have several different monikers depending on where it’s grown. A look at the diverse, complicated Sangiovese grape, after the jump.

Around The World In 80 Wine Varieties: Riesling

Plus, 5 Rieslings to try (and where to buy)
Aug 15, 2013 3:00 pm

Every couple of years, wine geeks get excited: rumor has it riesling is about to be the next big thing. Well, it is and it isn’t. Right now, it’s getting buzz through initiatives like the internationally recognized campaign Summer of Riesling. But outside of oenophilic circles, riesling is still greatly underappreciated. Read on.

Cooking With Wine: Duck With Cherries In Chianti Recipe

Savory duck with sweet cherries, doused in red wine
Jun 12, 2013 12:02 pm
Photo: Lisa Linder

Italy has 20 regions, each home to a unique and delicious cuisine. Culinary instructor and cookbook author Katie Caldesi's book, The Italian Cookery Course, is a compilation of 400 of Italy's best recipes from simple to very complex. Use Italy's famous Chianti wine in this sweet and savory duck dish.

Around The World In 8 Rosés

Why you should be thinking and drinking pink
May 7, 2013 2:02 pm

The warmer weather brings with it singing birds, blooming buds and an undisputable hankering for pink wine. It’s hard to believe rosés once had a stigma. Nowadays, they’re pretty much a given in the summertime. And why not? Here are 8 to try right now.

Art Of The Label: Ornellaia Wines' 25th Anniversary Bottles

Artist Michelangelo Pistoletto for Ornellaia
Feb 28, 2013 5:02 pm

To help celebrate its 25th anniversary, Italian wine maker Ornellaia enlisted artist Michelangelo Pistoletto to craft the bottle design for its 2010 vintage. His gold and ivory silkscreened logo for "La Celebrazione" is an attention-getter to be sure.


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