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Monteraponi 2016 Chianti Classico (Wine Review)

Michele Braganti's 2016 Chianti Classico is invigorating, its flavors of earth, dried herbs and red fruits drawn together by spine-tingling acidity. Notes of anise and pink peppercorn emerge with air, and the succulent cherry flavors remain fresh several days after the bottle is opened. Balanced and complex, yet immediately appealing,...Read Full Story

BYO Communion Wine (News & Features)

{image_1}I met a young woman who works for the Church. She had recently been ordained an Episcopal priest, having worked her way up through the diocesan ranks. Part of her training came as a visiting preacher, taking her sermons to churches in a wide radius of her home....Read Full Story

Lucca: Tuscany's Renegade Outpost (News & Features)

The Lucchesi went all out, constructing a massive wall 40 feet high and broad enough in places to march a company of soldiers abreast. The wall helped Lucca maintain independence for centuries while other Tuscan towns like Pisa and Siena fell under Florentine domination. As its defensive utility began to...Read Full Story

Carso | Kras (News & Features)

Setting out from Trieste, Stephanie Johnson explores the vineyards and karst-rock cellars in the borderlands between Italy and Slovenia.{image_1}Gabriella’s menu draws from Italian and Eastern European traditions, reflecting Devetak’s position at the crossroads between eastern and western cultures. The inn perches on a...Read Full Story

Cabernet Franc (News & Features)

The broad-shouldered Super-Tuscans from Italy's coast have never really captivated Stephanie Johnson. Now the region's cabernet franc has her taking a second look.{image_1}One consistent point of light during these tastings has been Paleo, a pure cabernet franc from Le Macchiole. Like most Super-Tuscans, Paleo started out as...Read Full Story

Game Changers | Chianti Classico (News & Features)

After years of dominating Italian wine lists, Chianti Classico fell off the radar for many diners. Quality had dipped and flashy Super Tuscan wines, made with international varieties, became the rage. Now the pendulum is swinging back in Chianti Classico’s direction, with fans of the region seeking food-friendly,...Read Full Story

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