Archive | Italian Wines

2010 Ceretto Blange Langhe Arneis – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.ceretto.com/ Arneis is an Italian white grape that’s mostly grown up in the Piedmont region, not too far from the Alps mountain range. It’s a super-light, not too acidic grape that finishes super clean and has some nice tropical flavors that tend to marry well with seafood. Ceretto, located in […]

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2010 Ca’Rugate San Michele Garganega – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.carugate.it/ There’s no doubt in my mind that Italy produces some of the best white wines out there – they’re aromatic, dry and full of acid-giving life. Garganega is a lesser-known varietal here in the States, but nonetheless is one I’d highly encourage everyone to seek out and try. Ca’ Rugate […]

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2008 Volpaia Chianti Classico – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.volpaia.com Chianti is still king in my house when it comes to picking a nearly-perfect wine to pair with pasta dishes – the acids they exhibit as well as complexity of flavors make them a no-brainer for the complex flavors to be found in many of today’s favorite Italian dishes. […]

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2009 d’Alessandro Catarratto

By Duane Pemberton d’Alessandro, based in the Sicily area of Italy, is a relatively new winery that started in 2006 and is committed to producing high-quality wines at affordable prices, using the grapes of that region. I’m sure a lot of folks haven’t heard of either the Catarratto or Inzolia grapes – frankly, I hadn’t […]

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Collio Italy Spotlight: Russiz Superiore / Marco Felluga

Producer Roberto Felluga has a sense of passion and drive in the way he talks about his family’s long-standing (now in its fifth-generation) business.  His family’s winery produces two different brands under the same roof – Marco Felluga and Russiz Superiore and each one has its own distinct style. Here’s a map so you can […]

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2008 Feudo di Santa Croce Malnera Negro Amaro Salento

By Duane Pemberton Feudo di Santa Croce Malnera Negro Amaro Salento is a friggin mouthful no matter how you slice it – in fact, Leave it to the Italians to produce wines that are much more wordy than they need to be or should be for the American market; don’t they know that most of […]

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A pair of Ruffino wines

Ruffino is a family-run, Italian winery that has been producing wines since 1877. It makes wines that cover the full gamut of pricing and quality. The baseline wine it makes are widely available and priced in such a way to help those on a budget get a quality wine. 2007 Orvieio Classico Price: $9 – […]

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$10 and under Wine Recommendations

So I’ve been trying a lot of different wines lately and purposely trying to step away from my comfort zone of Washington Wines and have really started taking a more serious look at other countries for some alternatives and to taste the various regions in what they have to offer. For awhile I was caught […]

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