Primer: Barolo, Italy’s King Of Wines

Not an entry-level wine, and for good reason
Mar 8, 2012 4:31 pm
Roagna harvest photo

A wine nicknamed centuries ago “The King of Wines” might seem intimidating. Indeed, Barolo is not for the feint of heart—or palate. There are plenty of entry-level wines out there. This isn’t one of them. Barolo is an advanced wine, best enjoyed by those who have long ago done away with their oeno training wheels. Not that we're trying to scare you!

Getting To Know Barolo Chinato

A Piedmont winemaker takes Barolo for a wild ride
Jul 8, 2011 10:16 am
Wine bottles

Americans’ taste for the bitter has only increased in recent years. And this is good news for people like Mauro Vergano. Out of his tiny office-slash-production facility on a narrow street in the town of Asti, at the heart the Italian winemaking region of Piedmont, he makes chinato.

The region has been a bastion of vermouth and other fortified wines for...

5 Highlights from VinItaly

A report from the massive Italian wine showcase
Apr 21, 2011 11:21 am
Photo: br1dotcom on Flickr

Every year, approximately 4,000 exhibitors (mostly, but not all, Italian) descend on Verona to showcase their best selection of wines and spirits, and in some cases, gastronomic foodstuffs at VinItaly, the world’s largest wine and spirits exhibition. This year marked VinItaly’s 45th anniversary, and organizers reported...


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