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Spritz, A Cocktail for thenItalian Lifestyle

By Elisabetta Tosi Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine “How about a drink?” “Yes please, a Spritz!” is the response of 100% of the students in the ancient university city of Padua, in northern Italy. The Spritz is in fact the favorite drink not only of the young people from here in [...]

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Montalcino and the Hunt for Terroir

by Marisa D’Vari Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine “It was the 1995 Soldera [Brunello] that did it,” laughs Jan Hendrik Erbach, co-owner of Pian‘dell Orino in Montalcino with wife Caroline Pobitzer. A rustically attractive man with the charisma of a TV talk show host and the Einstein-like brain of crack geologist, [...]

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Vinitaly Turns Over a New Leaf

by Elisabetta Tosi Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine In Italy, we have a proverb: never change a formula that works. Vinitaly is the most important annual international wine and spirits exhibition in the world; this year there were 4,164 exhibitors from 120 countries, and 140,000 visitors. Vinitaly’s original formula—a combination professional [...]

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Dolcetto in Ovada Has Potential to Be More Than Pizza Wine

by Evan Dawson Originally seen in Palate Press: The online wine magazine Fans of Adam Sandler (yes, they still exist) will tell you that his films are not meant to be profound; they’re meant to make you laugh. They’re easily forgotten, but can provide a pleasant distraction for a short while. Fans of Dan Brown [...]

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Tuscany, A Tasting in Three Parts

by Gary Thomas Originally posted in Palate Press: The online wine magazine PREFAZIONE I am blessed back here in the Washington DC area with what I consider the best local wine shop. Schneider’s of Capitol Hill is literally a couple of blocks from the Capitol. I cannot say the Red State lawmakers only drink red [...]

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Unearthing A New Group of Wineries in Piedmont

by Becky Sue Epstein Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine Driving around the enigmatic, fog-shrouded Piedmont region of Italy, I saw steep vineyards that fall away from the winding, mountain roads, and medieval castles looming out of the haze on every other hilltop. I recalled the great Barolo and Barbaresco wines from [...]

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The Man Who Washes the Grapes

by Elisabetta Tosi Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine Faedo is a lovely village in Trentino, a typical little mountain village characterized by two churces and an ancient, mighty castle, Castel Monreale. This village is on the slopes above the Val d’Adige Valley and its climate is one of the most favorable [...]

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Off the Beaten Path in Northeastern Italy: Three Winemakers Discuss the Future

by Marko Kovak Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine At almost two meters in height, with broad shoulders and sturdy hands, Paolo Vodopivec looks well adapted to work the land that is Carso. When I drove through this northeastern Italian region a year ago, I felt tremendous respect for the work he [...]

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Deirdre Heekin’s Bitter Alchemy

By Meg Houton Maker Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine “I am une garagiste, a woman who makes wine in her garage, and I am maître liquoriste. I am the would-be parfumeur. I am mistress of alchemy.” —Deirdre Heekin, Libation: A Bitter Alchemy Deirdre Heekin smiles a welcome as she hands us [...]

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