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Bubblicious Natural Italian Wine for New Year’s Eve

I was already thinking bubbles two months ago at Vini Dei Vignaioli, Italy’s oldest natural wine fair. And now that it’s almost time to ring in the New Year, here are some old favorites and new sparklers that I found there. (To learn more: “Where do the Bubbles Come From?”) Case Coste Piano Prosecco Frizzante […]

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Acquilea: Romans, Wine and Patriarchs in Friuli Venezia Giulia

The reign of Caesar Augustus is most closely associated with shepherds, wise men and the babe in the manger, but it was also the period when the port city of Acquilea in what is now Friuli Venezia Giulia began a spectacular rise that eventually ranked it as one of the most important trading and strategic […]

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Sandi Skerk: Understated Elegance in Carso

Sandi Skerk is a man of few words, who makes wines with a lot to say in the windblown limestone rock of Carso on the Istrian Peninsula, a few hundred meters from the border between the northern Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia. The family home and cellar are built around a stone […]

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Forage: The Pleasure of Fresh Food and Italian Natural Wine in Cambridge

The European style of Stan Hilbert’s new farm-to-table restaurant in Cambridge is elegant but low key. Fresh, local organic food and wine pairs with a wine list that leans heavily toward Italian and French. But there isn’t a scrap of snootiness, just fun and pleasure. What would you like to try? The major players (left to […]

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Bar Mezzana: Pairing Modern Excellence with Italian Organic Wine in Boston

Within weeks of meeting Eleonora Costa of Crealto at Vini Dei Vignaioli, the natural Italian wine fair near Parma… I found her wine at the hip, new Bar Mezzana in Boston’s South End. It was listed among other natural Italian wines I’ve written about like Elisabetta Foradori Manzoni Bianco and Granato, Eugenio Bocchino Barolo, Arianna […]

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Natural Wine: In Defense of Culture, Agriculture + Freedom

In his provocative and fascinating book, Cultural Insurrection, Jonathon Nossiter explains how in the last ten years independent winegrowers making natural wine have “succeeded in staging a small, calm revolution”* As individuals without an institutionalized organization, they have spontaneously created a model for protecting culture, diversity and freedom. It works because a tiny alternative market […]

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When Italian Wine Is Like Trying On A New Pair Of Jeans

Any wine has structure (some combination of acidity, tannins and minerality) balanced out by softness (alcohol, glycerol and in sweet wines, sugar). Since Italian wine is made to go with food and often also made to age, it typically has more structure than softness. It’s like jeans that you have trouble zipping yourself into in […]

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Dive Into the Diversity of Natural Italian Wines

Did you know that ALL of these can be versions of natural Italian wine? – a cloudy sparkling wine, – a crystal clear white wine, – a deep amber orange wine, – a light fruity red meant to be drunk young, – a complex red ready to age for 20 years, – a luscious dessert […]

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Beyond Borders: A Culinary Experience at L’Argine A Vencò

As soon as they opened L’Argine A Vencò in 2014, Chef Antonia Klugmann and her partner, Romano de Feo, won accolades and, then in December, 2015, a Michelin Star. After dining and staying the night, I found out what is behind their meteoric success. Antonia’s creative cuisine is seasonal and local but a complete departure […]

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