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Italy’s Most Beloved White Wines

Okay, let’s play “fill in the blank.” Ready? Here goes… Real Italians ________________________________________. I know quite a few “real Italians,” so I have a bevy of potential “blank fillers.” But this is a wine blog, so I’m thinking specifically of

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Posted in Wine Buzz, Wine in the Glass

Tuscany? Someday. Meanwhile, Let’s Drink Some Italian Wine

People love Italy for an array of reasons. Some can be very specific about what it is they love; others simply know they love it. A sampling of observations… “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” —

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Posted in Editor's Journal

5 Fun Facts About Chardonnay… Plus a Wine Story About Charlemagne

Emperor Charlemagne (who probably preferred the name Charles the Great) became the first Holy Roman Emperor in 800 A.D., culminating a career that had seen him unite most of Western Europe and serve as the King of Italy. But as

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Posted in Wine in the Glass

The Rest of the Story About Carignano from Sant’Antioco

I’ve been writing the Tasting Notes that accompany the wines featured by Vinesse for 20 years. I haven’t kept track precisely, but a pretty fair estimate would be a few thousand Tasting Notes. When a fairly new addition to the

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Posted in Editor's Journal

Exploring Soave: The Region and the Wine

Soave is one of the major tourism districts of Italy’s Verona area, thanks to its amazing historical and architectural sites, and its postcard-worthy vineyards. Soave wines are known for their fresh, delicate character that emphasizes the aromatic qualities of its

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

The Sights and Flavors of Lake Como… In Person or in Your Home

Sometime late in 2016, I’m planning to take my new bride and her daughter to Italy. We have already begun the planning process. We’re watching all of Rick Steves’ Italy-related programs, picking the minds of friends who have been there,

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Why Are Most French and Italian Wines Named After a Place Instead of a Grape?

In telling the story of my “epiphany wine,” I have mentioned the period of time when I used to have a glass of “Chablis” with my steak at the local Sizzler restaurant. I knew nothing about wine then. First, I

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Posted in Wine FAQ

Grassini Family Vineyards: A Jewel of Happy Canyon

“Instead of joining the rest of the family at church on Sundays, my grandfather, Articondo Grassini… was more religious about keeping a garden,” recalls Larry Grassini, who owns Grassini Family Vineyards and Winery with his wife, Sharon. “He’d stay home

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Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Fascinating Facts About 5 Wine Countries

We love the wines of California so much that we sometimes forget that there’s a big, beautiful “wine world” out there — from South America to Australia to Europe and beyond. Here are a few fascinating facts about five of

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Fascinating Facts About Barbera, Sangiovese and Aglianico

Italian reds are being featured in today’s Cyber Circle offering from Vinesse, and you can read more about the specific wines here. Because Italian wine, in general, can be challenging to understand — some grapes are named for regions, while

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