Macarons and Recioto – Wine & Cake #2

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Macarons and Recioto

Macarons and Recioto – Wine & Cake #2 Welcome to the second article in an occasional series about pairing wine with cake. This time it’s Macarons with Recioto della Valpolicella, the classic sweet red wine from Italy’s Veneto region. Macarons Who invented Macarons? There are rival claims aplenty. While proto-versions have Arabic origins, France and Italy both claim it as theirs. One …

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Ribolla Gialla and a Dachshund – what’s the link?

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Ribolla Gialla harvest at Collavini

Ribolla Gialla and a Dachshund – what’s the link? What links the Ribolla Gialla grape variety with a Dachsund? The answer is the Eugenio Collavini winery in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of Italy. But as for why –  you’ll need to read to the end to find out. Friuli Venezia Giulia Friuli Venezia Giulia lies in the northeast corner of …

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The Mimesi Project by Tenuta di Ghizzano

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Tenuta di Ghizzano MImesi, Drunk Turtle Amphora

The Mimesi Project by Tenuta di Ghizzano Tenuta di Ghizzano has been featured on these pages before, with two superb classically-styled red wine blends called Nambrot and Veneroso.  Their new wine project is called Mimesi, where current owner Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini employs ancient natural wine practices in a modern context. As Confucius once said, “study the past if you want to …

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Finca Altamira: World Malbec Day and Easter Sunday

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Finca Altamira: World Malbec Day and Easter Sunday The Argento winery makes a single-vineyard premium Malbec called Finca Altamira, which is also one of the best value red wines you’ll currently find. Meanwhile, when compiling the list of International Drinks Days, I saw that the annual World Malbec Day is on the 17th of April. And that got me thinking about an …

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International Drinks Days – a Calendar in progress

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French Revolutionary Calendar - ideal for International Drinks Days?

International Drinks Days – a Calendar in progress Have you noticed the increasing number of International Drinks Days? These annual days are dedicated to a grape variety, or a cocktail, spirit, or beer. How did the idea of International Drinks Days arise? Apart from clogging up your calendar or Twitter feed, do they have any value? Do you look forward …

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Casisano 2016 – a mighty fine Brunello di Montalcino

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Tommasi Casisano 2016

Casisano 2016 – a mighty fine Brunello di Montalcino Brunello is one of Italy’s most prestigious wines and aspires to be the ultimate expression of Sangiovese. This DOCG, centred on the hill town of Montalcino, hosts considerable natural variation; in elevation, soil and aspects. Brunello’s stylistic hallmark is based upon long-maturation and subsequent longevity. In recent times, some producers have made …

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Schloss Reinhartshausen – Dry German Riesling

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Schloss Reinhartshausen Trocken Riesling 2020

Schloss Reinhartshausen – Dry German Riesling Schloss Reinhartshausen is at Eltville, on the north bank of the river Rhine, where the Riesling grape grows in steep stony vineyards with perfect southern exposure. Welcome to the Rheingau region of central Germany, a small area that has punched above its weight for centuries. It (together with the Mosel) has grown Riesling the longest, as records …

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Madrevite – Umbrian organic excellence

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Madrevite and the Colli di Trasimeno

Madrevite – Umbrian organic excellence A “Madrevite” is a wooden threaded spigot that Umbrian winemakers once used to close up their barrels after filling them full of wine. Nicola Chiucchiurlotto, who founded the Madrevite estate, chose this name for his wine estate as a linkage between traditional and modern wine growing, which embodies organic and artisanal wine production. Located on …

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2022 AWEsome Wines – available now!

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2022 AWEsome wines

2022 AWEsome Wines – available now! Hot off the Press! The 2022 100 AWEsome Wines from the Association of Wine Educators (AWE) is out now. It contains 100 wines of excellent quality and value recommended by members of the Association.* And after all these years, it’s still an inflation-busting price: free! What’s the catch? There isn’t one. We’re wine educators, so …

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Sténopé – a Champagne from Devaux and Chapoutier

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Sténopé 2011

Sténopé – a Champagne from Devaux and Chapoutier Champagne Veuve A. Devaux was founded in 1846 by brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux, based at the beautiful Chateaux of Domaine de Villeneuve. It’s at Bar-sur-Seine, down south in the Aube region. The Veuve (widow) referred to was Madame Augusta Devaux, in charge of this House for several decades. After five family …

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