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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.

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Vinous Table: Langosteria, Milan, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2018

Langosteria is one of the hippest restaurants in Milan that harkens back to Paris brasseries, but with a Milanese fashion attitude, very good food and a truly outstanding wine list.

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Les Crêtes Fumin: 1994 - 2015

Italy: North, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2018

There is perhaps no single producer in Italy who has done more for their region and its wines than Costantino Charrère of Les Crêtes. Over the years, Charrère has made some of Italy’s best white wines from old, forgotten varieties, but he is also responsible for the best example of the Valle d’Aosta’s distinctive red grape, Fumin, as this recent vertical tasting amply demonstrates.

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The Last Frontier: Nebbiolos of Alto Piemonte & Valtellina

Italy: North, featured, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2018

Capable of expressing the purest essence of site, vintage and producer style, Nebbiolo is without question one of the world’s elite red grapes. Skyrocketing prices and soaring demand make it increasingly difficult for consumers to find the best Barolos and Barbarescos. But the glories of Nebbiolo stretch far beyond those prestigious appellations. Readers will find a bevy of striking, captivating wines in Alto Piemonte and Lombardy’s Valtellina.

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Mountain Magic: The Wines of Valle d’Aosta

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2018

The calling cards of Valle d’Aosta wines are freshness and purity. Unfortunately, production for most of the better wines is tiny. Unmistakable mountain quality makes these among my favorite Italian wines.

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Friuli Venezia Giulia: A Wine Smorgasbord

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, May 2018

No other region in Italy offers as large a selection of outstanding white wines from so many different grape varieties as Friuli Venezia Giulia does, while the region’s native red grapes yield wines that are equally distinctive.

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Vinous Table: Le Bar à Vin, Aosta, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, May 2018

A small, spartan-looking spot, Le Bar à Vin a first-rate wine list and the ingredient-focused cuisine of Paolo Vai, one of Italy’s greatest chefs.

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In Memory of Leonildo Pieropan

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2018

Simply put, there have been fewer better, nicer, more knowledgeable and more important people in the world of Italian wine than Leonildo (Nino) Pieropan. Words are truly incapable of expressing who Pieropan was and what he stood for.

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Vinous Table: Osteria Mondodoro, Verona, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table, Italy

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2018

Owner Stefano Enrico Sganzerla was born in a specialty food shop (literally) and so it is safe to say his destiny was sealed right from birth. From childhood onwards, Sganzerla’s life-beat has hummed along notes of food and wine. In his youth, he began working in the specialty food store, and then at his father’s coffee bar. That job description was not in tune with the young man’s aspirations, and so Sganzerla decided to open a trattoria, which is how he eventually realized his heart was in haute cuisine.

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Emilia-Romagna New Releases: Something For Everyone

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2018

There’s much more to the wines of Emilia-Romagna than just Lambrusco. The region offers myriad wine grapes and styles that deserve to be better known. Mostly gentle pricing provides a strong incentive to get to know these underrated wines even better.