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Abruzzo and Molise: More Than Meets the Eye

Italy: Center & South, featured

Eric Guido, Apr 2021

The time has come to dig into Abruzzo and Molise, regions that offer everything from easy-drinking wines to world-class bottles, all while delivering terrific value. My recent tastings suggest the wines have come a long way - and this is just the beginning.

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Cellar Favorite: 2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Santo Spirito Cuvée delle Vigne Niche

Italy: Center & South, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Apr 2021

I remember quite well the first time I tasted the 2014 Santo Spirito Cuvée delle Vigne Niche Bianco. My eyes lit up the second I put my nose to the glass.

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Cellar Favorite: 1998 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva

Italy: Center & South, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Dec 2020

As soon as it feels like winter, when sweaters start to be worn indoors and the meals turn meatier and richer, all I want to drink is mature Barolo and Taurasi. It’s at this time of year that I pull a mixed case of the two from my storage, and stand the wines up so that all I need to do is choose, pull, decant and indulge.

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Cellar Favorite: 2014 Tiberio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colle Vota

Italy: Center & South, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Oct 2020

I clearly remember the first time I tasted the 2014 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colle Vota from Tiberio three years ago. It was so tense and structured, taking hours to begin showing its layers and complexities. It was on day two that the wine began to reveal its inner beauty.

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Verdicchio – Italy’s Killer V

Italy: Center & South, featured

Eric Guido, Sep 2020

Verdicchio is one of the most versatile grapes in all of Italy. It can be vibrant and remarkably fresh, or crafted in a more serious style with the potential to mature for upwards of a decade. When harvested late, Verdicchio takes on textural depths and ripeness that balance wonderfully against naturally high acidity. Oak? It can handle that too, while still communicating purity. No matter what the expression, Verdicchio almost always makes a killer wine, and yet it still does not get the full attention it deserves.

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Central Italy’s Best-Kept Secrets

Italy: Center & South, featured

Eric Guido, Jun 2020

Sangiovese is most often associated with Tuscany, where it is the variety that informs virtually all of the region’s top wines. What if I told you that by staying within the confines of Tuscany’s top DOCGs of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile, you were missing out on some of the most interesting and value-oriented Sangioveses being produced today? It’s time to discover some of central Italy’s best-kept secrets.

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Cellar Favorite: 2004 Guastaferro Taurasi Primum

Italy: Center & South, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, May 2020

Knowing when to open a Taurasi is always tricky. We all hear that the wines can age on their balance of fruit, tannin, and elevated acidity but capturing a bottle in that magic moment is the challenge.

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Campania: Forgotten Realms

Italy: Center & South, featured

Eric Guido, May 2020

Campania is steeped in history that goes back many centuries. Its oenological landscape is every bit as fascinating. Indigenous varieties – many of them brought back from near-extinction – cultivated in striking sites by ambitious producers yield remarkable wines that speak of place. Readers will find everything from crisp dry whites to powerful reds built for the cellar, and everything in between.

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Latest Releases: Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia and Sardinia

Italy: Center & South, featured

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2020

Southern Italy offers many excellent and often inexpensive wines for those willing to venture outside their comfort zone. Although there are underachievers, if you stick to the producers I recommend here, you won’t be disappointed, for there are a myriad of wine grapes, styles and estates worth discovering.

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Gulfi Nero d’Avola Nerosanloré: 2001-2015

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Center & South, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2020

Gulfi was the first winery in Sicily to believe in single-contrada Nero d’Avolas. Today, Gulfi makes four such wines that highlight the extraordinary diversity of these sites, all of them so well-suited to showing the potential of Sicily’s indigenous Nero d’Avola. This vertical spanned a representative selection of the Nerosanloré - arguably the most elegant of the wines.