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Central Italy’s Best-Kept Secrets

Central Italy’s Best-Kept Secrets

BY ERIC GUIDO More often than not, a consumer or lover of wine will think of something Tuscan when they associate a style or profile with what they like about Italian wine. For collectors, our thoughts often turn to Piedmont and Barolo, but that’s more of a modern trend than most people realize. Once you look past Nebbiolo-based wines and their rise in popularity, you’re left with Tuscany, with its Super Tuscans and Brunello di Montalcino. While many of the original Super Tuscans that brought the collector market to Italy were not based on Sangiovese, today that has changed as...
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6/25/20
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Love in a Box,from Sicily

Love in a Box,from Sicily

A surprise package arrives at my door — wine, food ingredients and a book of recipes from a young couple, one a transplanted New York chef, the other a native winemaker — and results in a culinary journey into Sicily’s “life in a big sense.” BY ROGER MORRIS For many wine writers, the dropping off of sample bottles by UPS or FedEx arouses a modicum of interest and inspection before the wines are carefully logged into a ledger book and stashed away for testing. However, today’s package seems different, feels different, even sounds different as I set it down on...
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9/15/20
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Spain’s Familia Torres Moves To Wilson Daniels In The U.S.

Spain’s Familia Torres Moves To Wilson Daniels In The U.S.

Torres, one of Spain’s iconic wine families, has announced a new route to market in the U.S. Wilson Daniels has been appointed as the U.S. importer for the fifth-generation family-owned winery’s Familia Torres range, which includes premium and super-premium wines from Penedès, Priorat, Ribera del Duero, Rueda, and Rias Baixas. “This provides us an entry into Spain in grand style, working with a family that has a legacy of 150 years and nearly 2,200 hectares (5,400 acres) under vine,” Wilson Daniels president Rocco Lombardo tells SND. “When people think of fine wine from Spain, they think of the Torres family.” The...
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9/10/20
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A Great White Barolo-Land?

A Great White Barolo-Land?

Once-forgotten Nascetta reemerges in Italy’s Piedmont Even after a quarter-century of experiments, Elvio Cogno winemaker Valter Fissore continues to try new winemaking techniques with Nascetta. Here he compares two recent vintages made in different styles. (Robert Camuto) By Robert Camuto Sep 1, 2020 The sleepy hilltop town of Novello nestles at the southwestern edge of the Barolo appellation, typically overshadowed by its more famous neighbors: Monforte d’Alba to the east and Barolo to the north. Influenced by the frigid Alps to the west and the warm Ligurian Sea to the south, Novello’s microclimate is known for constant winds, big winter...
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9/2/20
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Red and White Grape Wine Blends are More Common Than You Think

Red and White Grape Wine Blends are More Common Than You Think

BY ROGER MORRIS Animation by Eric DeFreitas Making wine by blending white and red grapes is not as rare as you might think. Several of the world’s most esteemed wines have been made this way for centuries. And some daring modern winemakers produce unusual, color-blended wines with vivid results. Among the most common traditional color blends is Champagne, which generally combines Chardonnay, a white grape, with red Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier. “Red and white components are needed to build Champagne because one grape will dominate the other for a few years, and then it will step back into a supporting role to enhance the other...
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9/1/20
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New Zealand’s White Wines Span Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and, Yes, Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand’s White Wines Span Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and, Yes, Sauvignon Blanc

By Christina Pickard Left to right: Millton 2017 Te Arai Vineyard Chenin Blanc (Gisborne), Mt. Beautiful 2018 12 Barrels Sauvignon Blanc (North Canterbury), Pyramid Valley 2016 Lion’s Tooth Chardonnay (North Canterbury) and Hans Family Estate 2017 Pinot Gris (Marlborough) / Photo by Tom Arena It’s no wonder that New Zealand excels when it comes to white wine. The narrow islands’ remote location at the southwest edge of the Pacific Ocean means that none of its wine regions is farther than a few hours from the coast. Combine the intense maritime influence with long hours of sunshine, crisp nights and some...
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8/25/20
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THE FIRST RUNG ON THE WINEMAKING LADDER

THE FIRST RUNG ON THE WINEMAKING LADDER

Roger Morris meets some cellar rats, the interns who travel the world to work vintage, the first step on their winemaking journey. Nigel Kinsman was a young musician working in an Adelaide wine shop in the late 1990s when well-regarded winemaker Peter Leske came in for a trade tasting of his Nepenthe wines. “I tasted three of his wines and said, ‘Here’s the deal, I want to come work for you’,” Kinsman recalls. “‘I don’t have any experience, but I will work for free.’ We got along fairly well, so he took me on as a vintage intern.” Eight years...
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8/25/20
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Beyond Sauvignon Blanc: 11 Other New Zealand Wines You Should Know

Beyond Sauvignon Blanc: 11 Other New Zealand Wines You Should Know

There’s more to the country than its best-known grape. Written by Courtney Schiessl Published 08/04/20 Pin Share Email Image:Liquor.com / Laura Sant It’s no secret that New Zealand makes delicious wine. Although it produces just 1% of the world’s wine, it’s a safe bet that New Zealand sauvignon blanc can be found on the shelves of just about any wine shop in the U.S. This zingy, citrusy, herbaceous white wine put New Zealand on the map, and it’s one of the reasons that American wine lovers know the sauvignon blanc grape by name. But despite the fact that this grape...
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8/7/20
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Looking for a Weekend Cocktail? Let The Polo Bar Provide

Looking for a Weekend Cocktail? Let The Polo Bar Provide

By Elise Taylor August 6, 2020 Want a drink right about now? You might as well make it one from The Polo Bar. Since opening in 2015, the midtown restaurant has held steady as one of the hottest reservations in New York thanks to its stylish equestrian decor, scrumptious offerings, and celeb-heavy crowd. (It helps that Ralph Lauren has hosted many a launch there.) But while the food—order the burger!—and reputation may be what brings you to The Polo Bar, their exquisite cocktail menu is what will keep you coming back. General manager Darnell Dodson has curated a list of...
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8/6/20
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Prosecco Powers Imported Sparklers, As High End Brands Lead The Way Among Domestics

Prosecco Powers Imported Sparklers, As High End Brands Lead The Way Among Domestics

THE U.S. SPARKLING WINE MARKET CONTINUES TO SEE overall growth, adding roughly 460,000 cases to its total last year, according to Impact Databank. Consumer interest is widespread, with Prosecco leading the import category and domestic sparkling wines priced above $15 a 750-ml. showing the strongest growth by far on the domestic side. Even amid the pandemic, sparkling wines have far outpaced table wines in growth terms, consistently registering strong double- digit gains in the off-premise market. Prosecco continues to boom as sparkling wine’s image evolves. “What I’ve seen happen in this business over the last 25 years is that the...
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7/1/20
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