Ciliegiolo is Showing its Magic Greatness in Narni in Umbria

Ciliegiolo is Showing its Magic Greatness in Narni in Umbria

Ciliegiolo is a grape variety with magic greatness native to Maremma in southern Tuscany and central Italy but it is cultivated in several Italian regions. Ian D’Agatha defines it as “…one of the country’s greatest but most underappreciated grape varieties.” This is because it produces vertical wines with “pure aromas and flavors.” It is indeed … Read more

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3 Wine Tips to Bring Joy to the Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving and wine go together as the occasion to open up and try new or familiar labels with friends and family. But for those who only celebrate Thanksgiving occasionally with American friends, what is Thanksgiving really about? In brief, the Thanksgiving weekend is coming up next week in the US and in many locations in … Read more

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How Aging Maximises the Unique Characters of Trebbiano Spoletino

June and summer are here and so also a desire for sipping on white wines such as a Trebbiano Spoletino from Umbria. This month, the wine theme in the Italian Food, Wine, and Travel group is: Exploring Italy’s Native White Grapes. There are many undervalued and hidden treasures in Italy when it comes to indigenous … Read more

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Anteprima Sagrantino: Umbrian Wine From Its Best Side

We are now in early September and summer is turning into harvest time, but it seems like only yesterday that I was at the Anteprima Sagrantino in Montefalco. During this short period since early June, some changes have happened also within the Consortium of Montefalco Sagrantino. In June, at the preview event, Filippo Antonelli was … Read more

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A New Face of the Sagrantino di Montefalco

Sagrantino…not Georgia…is on my mind today So, let’s get back to talk about Montefalco in Umbria and more precisely the Anteprima Sagrantino days that I attended back in February. It was an event sponsored by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Montefalco. They made it possible to learn so much more about the Montefalco area and Sagrantino … Read more

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A Weekend Where Sagrantino Has Worked Its Magic

A weekend spent in Montefalco touring wineries and tasting Sagrantino must be almost the best of all worlds, right? This article has been in writing for a week almost. I have been quite busy with tastings for more than a week with the Anteprime Toscane and not the Anteprima Montefalco. So, every time I wanted … Read more

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A Biodynamic Expression of Sagrantino in Umbria

Umbria is a region that is a bit tucked away between Tuscany, Marche, and Lazio and often it has gotten less attention and recognition than it deserves when it comes to wine production. Umbria is not only the land of Sagrantino but also of white grapes such as Grechetto in the form of Grechetto Colli … Read more

Exploring the Treasures of Umbria: Grechetto, Sagrantino & Olive Oil

Exploring the Treasures of Umbria: Grechetto, Sagrantino & Olive Oil “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever” (from Endymion, by John Keats) Now you might wonder why I begin this article with a quote by Keats when you probably think I should start directly to talk about wine. Well, it is all connected. Beauty, … Read more

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