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Lis Neris Terre di San Lorenzo Pinot Grigio 2015

Italian pinot grigio is associated with a light, zippy white wine. Over in Alsace, France, pinot gris takes on extra body and extract and is made in more expressions ranging from dry to vendange tardive to selection de grains nobles. The Lis Neris Family has been growing grapes in Friuli …

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Primo Franco • Revolutionary of Prosecco

A lot of Prosecco reminds of bubble gum water trying to become wine. Drinking them is as exciting as watching a slow motion video of a sloth descending from a tree. You just want to stop the video. And the wine. Nino Franco Prosecco, on the other hand, is a …

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Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2013

One of the regrets I have to live with is not having driven up into Montalcino. I passed the picturesque hilly town rushing to an appointment. This was more than a decade ago and I am blushing in embarrassment and shame. In spite of my gross neglect, I have, fortunately, not …

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Bellavista Franciacorta La Scala Brut 2013

La Scala, in Milan, is the temple of Italian opera. Inaugurated 241 years ago on 3 August 1778, it remains a magical magnet for music and lyrical lovers the world over. In 2004 – after two painstaking years of restoration – La Scala was reinvigorated with all the aplomb due to …

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Michele Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti 2017

Piedmont is so famous for its Alba white truffle and Barolo and Barbaresco reds from nebbiolo that we often forget the north-western Italian region also dazzles with tingling unoaked whites. The dry arneis from Roero invigorates and also becomes more complex as it ages. As for this moscato from Asti, …

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Berlucchi Franciacorta ’61 Rosé

It was not until 1957 that the wines were called Franciacorta when Guido Berlucchi released a white wine named Pinot di Franciacorta. Then in 1961, Franco Ziliani, a young, ambitious winemaker working for Berlucchi, produced a sparkling wine and sold it under the name Pinot di Franciacorta. Today, the owner …

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