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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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Why "Identity" Wine Makes Itself Naturally at La Stoppa & Dinavolo

A few days after finishing the harvest, Elena Pantaleoni (owner of La Stoppa) and Giulio Armani (her partner at La Stoppa, who also makes wine from his own Dinavolo vineyards) seemed relaxed. Why? “Because if you understand where you are and make wine that is completely coherent with that,” Elena said, “the wines make themselves […]

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Cavallotto: Tradition of Barolo Wines Made Naturally

On their historic estate in the heart of the Barolo zone, Giuseppe, Alfio and Laura Cavallotto use organic/natural viticulture and natural cellar practices. They are fourth generation in their family to make wine here, following their father, Olivio, and uncle, Gildo, who were outliers in the 1960s when they began researching and experimenting with these […]

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Ferdinando Principiano: A Natural Bond with the Land and the Past

“If you don’t know where you’ve been,” Ferdinando Principiano asks rhetorically, “how can you possibly know where you’re going?” His philosophy of life and of making wine is deeply rooted in his respect for the Langhe, its history and the community here. Ferdinando’s intense curiosity has led him to research nineteenth century letters written by […]

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Early Spring Visit at La Stoppa

The dark trunks of Elena Pantaleoni’s vines were silhouetted against the vibrant green of new spring growth. I walked up and down the rolling hills of her estate along the Trebbia River in Emilia sensing the raucous vitality that would soon burst forth. When I was here last summer, that had already happened. The vines […]

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