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Opening a Bottle: Essential Winemakers of Italy – Buglioni

Opening a Bottle: Essential Winemakers of Italy – Buglioni

  View this post on Instagram   My kind of #Valpolicella can best be summed up by these wines from @buglioniwines. The Buglioni family shifted from textiles to wine nearly 20 years ago, and when they felt they weren’t being taken seriously enough, they turned to the city of Verona and opened a wine bar and restaurant to showcase their wines. It was a stroke of genius, because the Veronese pounded the door down to get in. Three restaurants and a winery inn later, they have proven their doubters wrong. The focus with these wines is to be food friendly,...
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Kevin Day, October 15, 2018
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Reconsidering Amarone Della Valpolicella

Reconsidering Amarone Della Valpolicella

“It’s a New Year, and so many in the wine media are prognosticating on what wine trends will define 2018. What wine region will now be cool? Whose star will fade? What will you be drinking four years from now, long after I discovered it in 2018? "It can be a rather ridiculous exercise in navel gazing, especially in the hands of writers and critics who taste thousands of wines in a year. The divide between how they experience wine and what you’re looking for is immutably wide. "However, I will say that wine is not immune to fads, so...
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Kevin Day, January 8, 2018
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The Best Red Wine You Are Probably Forgetting To Drink

The Best Red Wine You Are Probably Forgetting To Drink

"Italy abounds with stunning big red wines, from the better grades of Chianti to Barbaresco to collectible Brunello and Barolo. But often overlooked in this impressive mix is one of the nation’s greatest reds, Amarone. What really sets Amarone apart isn’t just that it’s made from much less well-known grape varieties (mostly corvina), but rather how it is made. Unlike other top shelf red wines, the fruit is allowed to dry for months, becoming raisin-like, before wine making commences. The best winemakers use the traditional appassimento method of air-drying the grapes. While this is more similar to techniques associated with...
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Larry Olmstead, October 23, 2017
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Accidental Vino

Accidental Vino

What’s a guy to do with 10 acres of grapes in Valpolicella and no wine know-how? “Growing up in northeastern Italy, Mariano Buglioni never dreamed of becoming a winemaker. As a young man, he worked in his father’s garment business, which produced sportswear for the family’s 50 boutiques in Italy. “Then, in 1993, his father bought the old farmhouse of his dreams, in the heart of Valpolicella Classico. With the property came a 10-acre vineyard planted to the local red varieties Corvina, Corvinone, Molinara and Rondinella, which are used to make fruity Valpolicella as well as denser Amarone, from raisined...
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Robert Camuto, October 10, 2016
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Thanksgiving Options Wide Open

Thanksgiving Options Wide Open

"The beauty of the Thanksgiving feast from the perspective of the wine enthusiast is versatility.The traditional Thanksgiving bird with all the trimmings provides multiple options for pairing with wine. "Buglioni 2008 'Il Recioto' Della Valpolicella Classico DOC, Veneto, Italy — Italy is best known for its profound, long-lived red wines, and it boasts a growing reputation for intriguing whites and bubblies. Not to be overshadowed, however, are the amazing dessert wines, such as this outrageously delicious Il Recioto from Buglioni. Made from the classic grapes of the Veneto in northern Italy, primarily corvina, Il Recioto is sweet without being cloying,...
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Robert Whitley, November 2013
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