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Treasures of Italy’s Southern Adriatic and Ionian Coasts

featured, Italy: Center & South

Eric Guido, Jul 2021

It’s no wonder that the Romans thought of the territory that comprises Calabria, Basilicata and Puglia as a Garden of Eden. These regions between the southern Adriatic and Ionian coasts and the mountains to the north are strongly influenced by both elevation and proximity to the sea. Whites and reds frequently overdeliver, making Calabria, Basilicata and Puglia treasure troves of value, while the top wines rival the best of Italy.

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Sicily: The Island Nation

featured, Italy: Center & South

Eric Guido, Jun 2021

There was a time when I believed wine lovers were ready to give up on the idea that Sicily might ever shrug off its reputation for large cooperatives, bulk production and false starts to fine-wine glory. Luckily, that day never came. Quite simply, the wines of Sicily have never been better than they are right now. The combination of drastically diverse terroirs, a huge uptick in quality and a vast number of varieties has created an embarrassment of riches for the discerning wine lover.

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Abruzzo and Molise: More Than Meets the Eye

featured, Italy: Center & South

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

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Center & South

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

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Center & South

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

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Center & South

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

featured, Italy: Center & South

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

featured, Italy: Center & South

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

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Center & South

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

featured, Italy: Center & South

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.