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Chianti Classico's Gran Selezione (News & Features)

In our Chianti Classico tasting panels this year, the Gran Selezione wines turned in their best performance to date, with 20 recommendations, 15 of those garnering exceptional scores. Most were from 2016 and 2015, two excellent vintages, which surely contributed to the successful showing. It’s a bit of good news for a...Read Full Story

Soave's Volcanic Revival (News & Features)

{image_1}The Soave production zone lies about 15 miles east of Verona and was one of Italy’s earliest officially recognized wine zones, first mapped in 1927. The original zone occupied hillside vineyards around the towns of Soave and Monteforte d’Alpone, and roughly corresponds to today’s Soave Classico subzone....Read Full Story

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

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