Category: Italian

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For an authentic Oktoberfest, give Gewurztraminer, Schiava, and Lagrein a try

It’s Oktoberfest in wine-harvesting regions across the globe and people are making merry with celebratory food and drink events that sometimes go on for days. In Alto Adige-Sudtirol, Italy’s northernmost region abutting the Swiss Alps and Austria, German influence still reigns in language, culture and viticuluture. The cuisine, though, reflects the area’s multiple ethnic character. […]

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Best wine bargains for fall begin with Rhone Valley’s “Les Abeilles”

This week’s column begins with a Double Deal of the Week Special and for good reason. There are still some bottles around of winemaker Jean Luc-Colombo’s 2016 Cotes du Rhone “Les Abeilles” Rouge ($12.99) and “Les Abeilles” Blanc ($12.99) and they’re worth snapping up for autumn/fall entertaining. Both are outstanding French wines for the listed […]

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For a second violin to an icon, ‘Guidalberto’ performs brilliantly (and for less money)

For years Tenuta San Guido estate’s “Guidalberto” has lived in the shadow as a second label to “Sassicaia”, the Marchesa Mario della Rochetta’s legendary Bordeaux-style wine that launched Italy’s Super Tuscan phenomenon in the 1970s. Now run by son Nicolo`, Tenuta San Guido enjoys the best of both worlds. Sassicaia, which retails at $250 a […]

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Shake summer doldrums with Trentino’s ‘mountain’ bubblies

Is your summer half empty or half full? Recently, I overheard several people lament that, following the Fourth of July, the summer season “is all but over.” Blasphemy! Don’t be a summer-doldrums type person. If things need perking up, do what I do: Turn to Trentino (generally called Trento), a high-altitude autonomous province in northeast […]

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Gambero Rosso wine event makes a Mast'(ery) of Neapolitan-style cooking

Pizza is food, says Marco Caputo, and it should be cooked so that all the ingredients’ flavors emerge – some patiently, others powerfully –  to be enjoyed as a meal. When Caputo talks pizza, your mouth starts watering for a taste. He’s the owner-chef of Boston’s Mast’ Restaurant & Drinkery on Province Street which specializes […]

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Wilson Daniel Tour Italia wows Boston with wines of finesse, elegance and power

http:// It’s been a labor of love, and I’ve just completed my take on the 2019 Wilson Daniels Tour Italia that kicked off its four-city grand-tasting in Boston on June 3. The event featured wines from 13 producers – some familiar, others new – at SRV (Serene Republic of Venice) restaurant on Columbus Avenue. While […]

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Beat soaring wine prices with these under $10 over-achievers

Whether a wine costs $10 or $50, the best are those that over-deliver on quality and price. This equates to value. It is the same concept applied every day by millions of consumers hunting for bargains on clothes, cars, food, computers, etc.  Sadly, many wine lovers overspend because they believe a higher price guarantees a […]

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Memorable wine gifts to make Dad the toast of the town

Say Happy Father’s Day this Sunday with a gift of wine. Here are five extraordinary options for the Dad and/or grandad on your list. 1. If Dad is a golfer, plant a bottle of Meiomi Pinot Noir ($16.59 at Costco) in his cart. The California wine, which is America’s top-selling $15 and above label, recently […]

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Giorgio Rivetti’s art is in La Spinetta’s gorgeous wines

A real-live rhinoceros has never set foot in Italy, yet Piemontese winemaker Giorgio Rivetti graces his La Spinetta winery bottles with an image of the magnificent animal. Does it have anything to do with the wines? “There’s no connection to the vineyards or Italy,” Rivetti replies with a mischievous grin. “I just love the art. […]