The Wines of Calabria: Southern Italy is Hot, in More Ways than One

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While most Italian-Americans (like me) trace their roots to Southern Italy, much of what Americans know about Italian wine and food comes from Central and Northern Italy (Tuscany, for example). That’s changing. In September, I visited Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, with journalists and food and wine buyers as …

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New Zealand Wine: kiwi juice comes of age

Almost exactly 14 years ago, after attending a tasting at the monthly meeting of the Wine Media Guild in New York, I first wrote about New Zealand wines in my weekly column in the Newark Star Ledger. NZ wines were relative newcomers to the American market, so much so that …

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Finding Fine Wine

The Fine Wine Importers Alliance is, as the name implies, a group of wine importers. I can’t tell you much else about the FWIA since little about it exists online or in the portfolio notes for the tasting FWIA put on last April at the Plaza Hotel in New York. …

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Rioja Rising

Though has remained the preeminent red wine region of Spain, over the past 10 to 15 years, Rioja lost some of its luster (or at least attention) as other regions emerged on the American wine radar. First it was Ribera del Duero and Priorat. Then Toro, Jumilla, Bierzo, Cigales, Rueda and Murcia. …

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Sardinian Wine: CanGarGren

At the annual Italian Wine Week, held in New York and Chicago in February, there is so much to taste and learn, you hardly know where to start. The New York Wine Week seminar on Cannonau, Sardinia’s Noble Red is a case in point. You may know this grape variety …

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