Tag Archives: Italy

Trade Show #1 – Treasures of Montepulciano

First in a series. “Treasures of Montepulciano” is first in a series focusing on wine trade shows. Essentially, a trade show presents a crash course on wines to retailers, writers, travel professionals and wine educators. Usually focusing on a specific region within a wine-producing country, the event offers exposure to wines either already available in this […]

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In My Glass: 2009 Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva

I have been a fan of Brancaia Tre for several years. The very well-made and well-priced Super Tuscan has been a regular on my dinner table, and it was definitely time to try another of Brancaia’s offerings, the Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG. Chianti Classico has to be a minimum of 75% Sangiovese, with up to […]

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Seeking a Party Pleaser: Beaujolais Cru versus Barbera d’Alba

In the continuing search for a perfect wine for a dinner for 500 guests, my colleagues and I tried two wines in a lighter style: the 2010 Jean-Marc Burgaud Régnié “Vallières” Beaujolais Cru and the 2009 Giacomo Ascheri Barbera d’Alba Vigna Fontanelle.  We were split between these two options, both of which we liked a […]

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Wine of the Week: 2009 Azienda Agricola Martilde Oltrepo Pavese Barbera

With Italy on my mind after our North End experience with City Wine Tours, I went searching through my collections for a light Italian red. Luckily, among the ample supply of Argentine and German wines, I found Azienda Agricola Martilde’s 2009 Oltrepo Pavese Barbera. A medium purple in the glass, the nose is fresh and […]

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