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8 & $20: Cheesy Broccoli Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato and Grechetto

8 & $20: Cheesy Broccoli Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato and Grechetto

This one-pot weeknight dinner balances bright and savory flavors, paired with a white wine from Italy’s Umbria region This pasta dish is a lighter take on a family recipe, centered around pantry staples and enhanced with an Italian white-wine match. (Julie Harans) By Julie Harans Apr 13, 2021 Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends. My mom’s broccoli pasta was a staple in my family growing up. As with most of...
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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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How Much Italian Wine Should You Drink to Make Your Canceled Italy Trip Hurt Less?

How Much Italian Wine Should You Drink to Make Your Canceled Italy Trip Hurt Less?

by Kristin Tice Studeman Can drinking a delicious glass of Tuscan wine soothe the sting of a canceled trip to Florence? Here’s one way to find out. Kristin Tice Studeman, writer, wine enthusiast, and founder of The Rosé Project, shares a few of her favorite bottles from the beloved Italian region. YOUR HOUSE - Open up a good bottle of wine from Tuscany and you can quite literally taste the picturesque, rolling hillsides and coastal breeze from the comforts of your own home. We so easily forget that good wine can be wonderfully transporting — each bottle tells a story about the place it...
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04/07/20
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Why You Should Check Out These 6 Awesome Italian And French Wine Towns

Why You Should Check Out These 6 Awesome Italian And French Wine Towns

Montalcino (Tuscany) Set on a hillside in the Val d’Orcia, a part of Tuscany offering some of the region’s most phenomenal landscapes, Montalcino, like its larger counterpart Montepulciano, is a major wine town. Here the star attraction is Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy’s costliest wines (prices typically range from about $55 to close to $1500), made entirely from Sangiovese grapes. While archival records show a Brunello produced in the Middle Ages, the local Biondi Santi family pioneered the development of the type of wine that’s made today. You can visit their iconic winery, the Tenuta Greppo, a short drive...
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August 30, 2018
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Tempranillo

Tempranillo

"Legend has it that Hemingway wrote his short story "The Killers" in just one morning, May 16, 1926, in a pensión in Madrid. Then he had lunch, took a siesta, woke up and wrote "Today is Friday." And as if those two stories were not enough, he went down to the Forno bar, "that old bullfighters cafe," drank some brandy and, back in his room, wrote "Ten Indians." Just like that. "The owner of the pensión, worried about the health of a young and very thin Hemingway, noticed that the writer had not eaten since noon, so she brought some...
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Patricio Tapia, August 1, 2017
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75 Great White Wines for Summer…All Under $25

75 Great White Wines for Summer…All Under $25

"Though red wines and Champagnes tend to command the truly jaw-dropping prices, there are a hell of a lot of expensive whites out there. This can make it confusing to select one. You might feel tempted to think less pricey equals less good. Which can be true, but by no means always. "If $25 seems like a high ceiling for “affordable,” I feel ya: It’s usually a splurge for me, in fact. But here’s the deal: We’re here to provide a wide range of wines for a wide range of situations, and the median price of the bottles on this...
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Amy Glynn, July 19, 2017
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Review: Arnaldo Caprai Sagrantino Di Montefalco Collepiano 2010

Review: Arnaldo Caprai Sagrantino Di Montefalco Collepiano 2010

"Sagrantino is a wine that makes you wait. A powerful red from Umbria that can only be found in the DOCG of Montefalco, it’s a grape that comes on strong in its youth but as it ages it transforms, becoming soft and refined. While I realize no one really has the time or patience to buy a wine and let it sit for 10 years, myself included, Sagrantino is worth the wait."But that doesn’t mean there aren’t fantastic Sagrantinos that are delicious now. One such bottle is made by the winery that started it all: Arnaldo Caprai. Until the 1970s,...
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Adam Teeter, March 23, 2017
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OperaWine 2016 Showcases 100 Top Italian Wineries

OperaWine 2016 Showcases 100 Top Italian Wineries

"At Vinitaly, Italy’s largest wine fair, more than 4,000 producers will present their wines to thousands of trade members and consumers from April 10 to 13 in Verona, as the event celebrates its 50th anniversary. "OperaWine is a microcosm, or distillation, of Vinitaly, presenting 100 Italian wine producers selected by Wine Spectator for their high quality, historical significance and regional prominence. Taking place on April 9 this year, OperaWine kicks off the fair and has become a focal point for anyone interested in the country's wines. "'I believe OperaWine has become the highlight of Vinitaly and a great showcase for...
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February 19, 2016
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Acting Out

Acting Out

“There are three kinds of wine films these days: documentaries on the wine world, dramas set amid the vines and Charlie movies. “Charlie Arturaola, a charismatic Miami-based sommelier, is starring in his second feature film by Argentinean filmmaker Nicolás Carreras. The Duel of Wine, now making the rounds of international film festivals, was shot in some of Italy’s most evocative cities and wine regions, from Piedmont and the Veneto to Umbria and Sardinia. “The film is a madcap blend of farcical comedy and emotion, wine tasting and infomercial, featuring cameos of winemakers and chefs playing themselves. Among them are the...
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Robert Camuto, November 7, 2016
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The Ultimate Travel Guide to Umbria, Italy – The Less Touristy Tuscan Escape You Dream Of

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Umbria, Italy – The Less Touristy Tuscan Escape You Dream Of

"If you love wine, you’ve definitely had dreams of a wine-fueled trip to Italy. And there’s no denying that Tuscany is made of the stuff of dreams. The region’s rustic cuisine of delicious meats, cheeses,and pastas, paired with its delicious wine, makes it a go-to destination and, as a result, it’s correspondingly thronged. But what if you don’t want to compete with the tour buses and hordes of tourists making a day trip from Florence? Head to Umbria instead. "Umbria still feels like an undiscovered gem, despite its close proximity to Rome. Sure, there are tourists — they are all...
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Adam Teeter, November 6, 2016
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