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Amarone Villa Canestrari - An all time favorite

Amarone Villa Canestrari - An all time favorite

Dear wine lovers, after many years of toing and froing, I finally found it. The superior taste of an exquisite grape at a reasonable price!
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Tignanello or the birth of the first Super Tuscan

Tignanello or the birth of the first Super Tuscan

Tignanello is a real milestone in the history of the Italian wine industry. Moreover, last year, Tignanello 2013 ranged 8th on the Wine Spectator’s top 10 list of best wines. But what is it about this wine, that makes it so special? Let’s find out more about the birth of the first Super Tuscan.
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Brachetto d’Aqui Ducarosso: let’s raise a toast!

Brachetto d’Aqui Ducarosso: let’s raise a toast!

Summer has gone together with its sweet insouciance. Nevertheless, there’s something magical about the fall season that leaves us wondering and admiring the changes in nature’s colours and perfumes. The temperature starts to drop and we like to spend more time at our snuggly homes. Those evenings when your friends are over and you’re sitting next to a nice fireplace seem like good occasions to celebrate friendship and by doing so, you’re already anticipating the festive season. This is the right moment to focus on delicate aromas and flavours.
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Chardonnay Collezione Privata 2014: a matter of elegance

Chardonnay Collezione Privata 2014: a matter of elegance

Chardonnay is one of the most popular grape varieties that exist. Its name derives from a town from Mâconnais, in Burgundy, and for a very long time, history and legend have been mixed up.
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Il Nizza - the dawn of a new appellation

Il Nizza - the dawn of a new appellation

Today, I would like to talk about the denominazione di origine controllata e garantita (DOCG) “Il Nizza”. The DOCG, in English “controlled designation of origin”, is a quality assurance label for Italian food products, especially wine. Il Nizza is a new appellation, that was established 2 years ago and the first wines have been on the market since July 2016. 
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Capichera, a ray of light from Sardinia

Capichera, a ray of light from Sardinia

Sometimes I like to think that places are like blank pages, that fill themselves with shapes and colors, the more you get to know them. That’s probably the reason why I like telling you about the places in which the wines I happen to try, are born. My enthusiasm grows even more when a wine evokes elements I had already discovered in another place: stories, legends, first and personal impressions.
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Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC Fattoria Buccicatino

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC Fattoria Buccicatino

Lately, a friend of mine who’s acquainted with my taste, made me a surprise. On a late afternoon of a late summer’s day, I received a package, without any distinctive traits but its content could be easily guessed: a bottle of wine.
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Le Volte dell’Ornellaia, the magic of Bolgheri at the right price.

Le Volte dell’Ornellaia, the magic of Bolgheri at the right price.

In front of the beauty of the landscape, you have to close, to reopen and to blink your eyes many times over, because you’re not sure whether you’re still on earth or in paradise. The beautiful green land that extends all around, waits for you to discover it and cherish its memory until your next visit. It’s almost impossible to see these lands without wanting to come back soon.
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Tasting of the week: a wonderful olive oil from Sicily

Tasting of the week: a wonderful olive oil from Sicily

The olivetree and olive oil have always been symbols of prosperity, well-being and peace. Sometimes, the olive oil is even called “Italian gold”, to indicate not only its high quality but also the privileged relationship we have with our lands, which have existed ever since Ancient Greece.
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Tasting of the week: la Courtade 2012 Rosé Côtes de Provence.

Tasting of the week: la Courtade 2012 Rosé Côtes de Provence.

They could be images of the landscapes of the Provence, or perhaps those of an enchanted island, or they might just be gorgeous images of the sun and the sea of Porquerolles. The fact is that the wine of ourweekly tasting, La Courtade 2012 Rosé the ACP Côtes de Provence, is a concentrate of its territory and magic.
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