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Valle d’Aosta: Micro Productions, Mega Quality

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2020

Valle d’Aosta makes some of Italy’s most distinctive wines. Unlike most other regions of Italy, producers here excel with both native and international varieties. The latest vintages confirm this – and then some.

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Friuli Venezia Giulia: The New Releases

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2020

Along with Piedmont and the Valle d’Aosta, Friuli Venezia Giulia offers wine lovers the greatest diversity in grape varieties and wine styles of any region in Italy. The whites and sweet wines are among the best in the country, and the reds have also become especially enticing in recent years.

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Grosjean Petite Arvine: 1997-2016

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2019

Although the birthplace of Petite Arvine is contested between the Switzerland’s Valais and Italy’s Valle d’Aosta, there is no doubt both countries make beautiful wines. The Grosjean family’s Petite Arvine is especially fine, and it ages well, too.

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Vinous Table: Da Romano, Burano, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2019

Da Romano is not just a restaurant, it’s an institution. Located on the colorful island of Burano, Da Romano offers wonderful Venetian cuisine, a solid wine list and extremely friendly, competent service, all in a historic, evocative setting.

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Vinous Table: All'Osteria Bottega, Bologna, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2019

Bologna is one of Italy’s temples of gastronomy. There are few better places to partake in its delights than at All’Osteria Bottega, an informal eatery that serves up a bevy of tried and true classics.

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Soave and the Still White Wines of Veneto

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2019

Soave is Veneto’s best-known still white wine, but the region boasts many other fine whites, produced from a plethora of different grape varieties and terroirs. From the sands of Venice to the volcanic hills of the Colli Euganei, many of Veneto’s other whites are worth hunting down and getting to know.

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Vinous Table: Le Calandre, Veneto, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, May 2019

Nobody does modern Italian cuisine better than the Alajmo family of Le Calandre, the multi-awarded, ultra-famous restaurant just outside Padova. An excellent wine list, great service and a refined environment all contribute to the magic.

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Trentino: New Releases

Italy: North, featured, Italy

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2019

While it is common to refer to Trentino and Alto Adige as one region, Trentino and Alto Adige, are in fact, quite different from historical, geographic, and social perspectives. But the differences in terms of grape varieties and wines are just as big.

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Franciacorta: Bring In The Holidays With Italian Bubbles

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2018

Franciacorta makes arguably Italy’s best sparkling wines. Riper and rounder than Champagne, and made from blends of Pinot Nero, Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco (not Pinot Meunier), Franciacorta offers a lovely alternative to the world’s best-known bubbly.

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The Wines of Alto Adige

Italy: North, featured, Italy

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2018

Alto Adige arguably makes Italy’s best white wines. Climate change and more judicious use of oak have also improved the red wines, especially the delicious one-two punch delivered by the Schiava varieties and Lagrein. The odd bottle of outstanding Pinot Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon rounds out a truly noteworthy offering of world-class wines.