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Alto Piemonte: A Renaissance in Progress (News & Features)

In the 19th century, vineyards blanketed the high hills of northern Piedmont, their wines more prized than Barolo and Barbaresco to the south.Tighten your focus to a distance of ten miles in any direction to view a series of neighboring townships collectively known as Alto Piemonte (high Piedmont):...Read Full Story

Ribolla, Rebula (News & Features)

{image_6}Ribolla gialla (“yellow ribolla”) is native to the hills around Gorizia, a town in the far northeast of Italy that lies on the border with Slovenia. Ribolla was long considered one of the region’s greatest wines, with records dating back to the 13th century indicating its value...Read Full Story

Movia 2014 Brda Sauvignon (Wine Review)

Ales Kristancic harvests the sauvignon blanc for this wine late to maximize ripeness, and ages the wine on its lees in French oak barriques for 18 months. During that time, it gains a creamy texture that softens its white-peach and juicy citrus flavors. Cooling notes of cucumber and rosemary emerge...Read Full Story

Kabaj 2012 Goriska Brda Merlot (Wine Review)

Jean-Michel Morel's 2012 merlot is rich with ripe plum and black cherry flavors, but the wine never feels fat or jammy, thanks to the meaty tannins and savory notes of fresh-turned earth and roasted mushrooms. A distinct note of iodine lends a sanguine savor and enhances the wine’s Old...Read Full Story

Skerk 2014 Venezia Giulia Ograde (Wine Review)

Sandi Skerk made the most of a cool and rainy vintage, delivering a gorgeous Ograde in 2014. It smells like an early-morning flower market in its scents of orange blossoms, roses and white hydrangeas. A blend of vitovska, malvasia, sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio, the wine unfolds with a range...Read Full Story

Etna’s Magnetic Attraction (News & Features)

Jenni Guizio and George Hock moved to Sicily to open a restaurant for vintner Salvo Foti. Stephanie Johnson gets the low-down on what they found on Mount Etna.Jenni Guizio and George Hock answered yes to that call a few years ago when Salvo Foti, a charismatic...Read Full Story

Gaja and Graci Collaborate on Mt. Etna (News & Features)

Angelo Gaja and Alberto Graci have announced a joint venture to buy 51.9 acres on Sicily’s Mt. Etna.{image_1} Gaja, now 76, has been producing wine in the Langhe region since 1961; he branched out into Tuscany with the purchase of Pieva Santa Restituta in Montalcino (1994) and Ca’Marcanda in Bolgheri (1996)....Read Full Story

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