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    Why Valpolicella and Valpolicella Superiore are Poised for a Comeback

    The wines of Valpolicella dance across the tongue with the same lift and loveliness as the name itself. Ideal with humble pastas as well as lighter red meats and game birds, it is well-suited to the table. As the  more modest bottling of the Valpolicella region, it is largely (and unfairly) overlooked among Italian reds these days.

    Valpolicella is the so-called “everyday” red wine of the eponymous production zone that is situated just north of the city of Verona, and extends west and east of the city. Other reds here include the iconic Amarone della Valpolicella as well as Ripasso, a wine made via a method of refermentation and remaceration, in which a Valpolicella is “repassed” over the skins of grapes used for Amarone.

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    The Wines of Irpinia - Contemporary Excellence from an Ancient Territory

    I returned to Campania recently for the first time in three years and as with most Italian regions, discovered that not much had changed, at least as far as appearances are concerned. I did meet a few producers I hadn’t visited before, with one of them – Petilia – being a great new discovery for me. More on that below, but overall what impressed me most was the consistency of the wines, white and red.

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    PODCAST: Ciro Pirone on Italian Sparkling Wine

    Ciro Pirone is the Director of Italian Wines for Horizon Beverage Group and will be teaching the next online Italian Wine Scholar course beginning in February. In under 30 minutes Ciro gives us the fascinating history of Italian sparkling wine production, and discusses key points on the spumante wines of Alta Langa. We also learn about the main grapes and styles of Lambrusco, and learn important distinctions between Asti DOCG and Moscato d’Asti DOCG. 

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    A Guide to Lesser-known Tuscan Reds: From Carmignano to Montecucco

    Mention the red wines of Tuscany and immediately examples such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano come to mind. Produced primarily or exclusively from the Sangiovese grape variety, these celebrated red wines truly define this region’s viticultural excellence. Over the last three decades, the distinctive red wines of Bolgheri, crafted from Bordeaux grape varieties from vineyards along Tuscany’s coast, have also become icons of Tuscan wine.

    Yet there are other sublime red wines from this region that are notable yet lack the renown of the wines mentioned above. Carmignano, Morellino di Scansano and Montecucco are three other important red wines of Tuscany that reflect a sense of place and represent not only special quality, but impressive value as well.

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    PODCAST: Maurizio Broggi on Northern Italy

    Maurizio Broggi, DWS, FWS, is the Education Director for the Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) program. During an eight-day summer tour, he led a group of IWS educators through three of Italy’s northern wine producing regions, Trentino, Franciacorta and Lugana.

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    Exploring the Wines of Trentino with Roberto Anesi

    In this webinar, Italy's best sommelier Roberto Anesi, native of Trentino, will guide you through the most important winegrowing zones and grape varieties of Trentino.

    Trentino is probably one of the most beautiful and underrated wine regions of Italy.

    The region boasts impressive high altitude vineyards, unique indigenous grapes such as Teroldego, Marzemino and Nosiola and is becoming increasingly recognized for its distinctive Muller-Thurgau wines from the astonishing Cembra Valley.

    Last but not least, Trentino is the region of Trento DOC, one of Italy's top-quality bottled-fermented sparkling wine appellations.

    Presented by Roberto Anesi, Italy's Best Sommelier AIS 2017

    Roberto Anesi was born in Trento, and since 1997 has been working in the wine industry.

    For more than 10 years, he's been conducting seminars focusing on the wines of Trentino in Italy as well as all over the world.

    Roberto is a sommelier, graduated at the Associazione Italiana Sommelier (AIS) and has been an instructor for AIS since 2008.

    In 2017, he won the title of the Italian Best Sommelier.

    Roberto is a profound expert of Trentino, its history, traditions, people and of course its great wines & food.

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    A Guide to Lesser Known Italian Red Wines: Piedmont

    Any wine student or lover of Italian wines can name the country’s most famous red wines, such as Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino or Amarone della Valpolicella. But given the variety of Italian wines and grape types, it stands to reason that there are many more examples produced throughout the country. This article is the first in a series about a few of the lesser known red wines of Italy; we begin with Piemonte.

    While there are three famous red varieties in Piemonte – Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto – there are several others that produce very expressive wines.

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    A Guide to Recent Barolo and Barbaresco Vintages

    Thanks to a string of successful vintages, there has been a great deal of recent publicity regarding Barolo and Barbaresco wines.

    Produced entirely from Nebbiolo, these two iconic wines have changed in style over the past 20-30 years; where once, the wines were reserved upon release, today, the wines are riper and more forward. This is largely due to climate change, as warmer temperatures throughout the growing season have necessitated Nebbiolo harvests some two to three weeks earlier these days than in the 1980s, ‘70s and prior; while late October to early November was normal for a Nebbiolo harvest thirty and forty years ago, today, harvest is more typically in early-mid October.

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