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Best Italian Wines of 2013 from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast Magazines - Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines recently released their picks for the 100 best wines from around the world released in 2013. These are two of the world’s most prestigious wine-centric magazines. Both magazines are highly regarded and they, along with the Wine Advocate, are influential in establishing a wine’s - and the winery’s - reputation and popularity. Their selections of the world’s best wine offerings for 2013 include a number of Italian wines and it is interesting to look at exactly which Italian wines made the lists...read the article»

Italy’s Best Wines – Gambero Rosso’s 2014 Tre Bicchieri Winners - Gambero Rosso recently released the recipients of its coveted 2014 Tre Bicchieri awards for quality Italian wines. Tre Bicchieri (“Three Glasses”) wines are deemed to be the best in Italy. The 2014 Tre Bicchieri awards were announced over the web in stages by region beginning in early October of this year. It is an exhausting review and selection process. This year, approximately 60 wine experts reviewed over 25,000 wines from about 2,300 wineries...read the article»

Best Italian Wines of 2012 from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast Magazines - Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines are the most popular general interest guides to the world of wine published in the U.S. Both magazines recently published their annual selections for the 100 best wines from around the world released in 2012.  Their lists of the top 100 wines are based on wines reviewed by their respective staffs over the course of the year and both included a significant number of Italian wines...read the article»

Italy's Greatest Wines For A "Magnifico" Wine Cellar - Suppose you have virtually unlimited discretionary income and want to stock your wine cellar with only the greatest Italian wines. Here the emphasis is solely on quality and price is not a constraint – you want the best of the best Italian wines. Since there are a lot of really good wines in Italy from which to choose, I limited the number of wines selected to what I consider to be the thirty-five best wines that Italy has to offer - regardless of price. The competition for a spot in the top 35 Italian wines is tough...read the article»

Italy’s Best Wines – Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri Awards for 2013 - Gambero Rosso recently announced the winners of its Tre Bicchieri awards for 2013. The winnners of the prestigious awards are listed in the current edition of Gambero Rosso’s Vini d’Italia, the world’s most authoritative guide to Italian wines. As in past years, the awards were announced in stages by regions starting in early October. Overall, approximately 20,000 wines from 2,350 Italian producers were tasted and reviewed as part of the competitive process ...read the article»

The Perfect $5,000 Italian Wine Cellar - In a previous posting I formulated a proposed personal wine cellar that consists entirely of Italian wines and costs approximately $1,000 at current retail prices. Now, I’m going to up the ante and look at what one can buy in the way of Italian wines for $5,000. But it’s not just a matter of going out and buying wine until you’ve reached the $5,000 limit...read the article»

Best Italian Wines of 2011 From Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast Magazines - The Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines recently published their annual selections for the best wines released in 2011 from around the world. Both magazines’ lists are based on wines reviewed by their respective staffs over the course of the year and both magazines’ selections include a number of Italian wines. I find it interesting to analyze and compare exactly what wines were included in the two lists ...read the article»

Italy's Best Wines – Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri Winners for 2012 - Gambero Rosso recently announced the winners of its prestigious Tre Bicchieri, or “three glasses” awards for 2012. The results will be published in Gambero Rosso’s celebrated annual wine guide Vini d’Italia (Italian Wines), generally regarded as the most authoritative guide to the Italian wine world. . Overall, approximately 20,000 wines from 2,350 producers were tasted and reviewed as part of the competitive process. Starting at mid-year, more than 70 highly regarded and independent wine evaluators began reviewing wines from various regions that were collected and made available ...read the article»

Gambero Rosso’s Vini d’Italia List of Special Award Winners for 2012 - The new Gambero Rosso guide Vini d’Italia has just released its list of Special Award winners for 2012. These are the wineries, producers and wines that represent the best of the Italian wine world. This includes not only awards for the best red, white, sweet and sparkling wines of the year but also awards for the wine with the best ratio of price to quality ("best buy") and winery of the year...read the article»

The Best Italian Red Wines of 2010 Under $25 - It’s that time of year for lists of annual favorites or “best of” events whether it be movies, iPhone apps, books, CD’s or whatever. In the spirit of the season here are my picks for the best inexpensive Italian red wines of 2010. Of all the Italian wines I tasted in 2010, these are my top twelve favorite red wines of Italy priced under $25...read the article»

Best Italian Wines of 2010 from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast Magazines - The Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines recently published their picks for the best wines from around the world released in 2010. Both lists of the year’s best wine offerings include a number of Italian wines and it is interesting to look at exactly what wines were included in the two lists...read the article»

Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Top Italian Wine Cellar Selections for 2010 - Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently published their top 100 wines from around the world for 2010 that they consider the most cellar-worthy – i.e., the highest quality collectible wines that will require time in the cellar in order to achieve peak satisfaction. These wines were selected from all the wines reviewed by Wine Spectator in 2010. Seventeen of the wines in this list are Italian wines, the largest number...read the article»

The Best Italian Wines – Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri Winners for 2011 - Gambero Rosso, the international food, wine, cooking and publishing conglomerate, recently announced the winners of its prestigious 2011 Tre Bicchieri, or “three glasses” award for quality Italian wines. As in past years, the awards for the succeeding year, 2011, were announced in stages by regions in October. Overall, over 20,000 wines from 2,350 producers were tasted and reviewed as part of the competitive process. Starting in May...read the article»

An Interview with Giovanni Zullo of Tenuta Viglione in Puglia - Puglia (or Apulia as it’s known outside of Italy) is the region located on the Adriatic coast in southeastern Italy, in the “heel” of the “boot” that comprises geographic Italy. Because of its warm Mediterranean climate and relatively flat, fertile plains, wine has been produced here for thousands of years and in prodigious quantities. Puglia’s economy is heavily dependent on wine production...read the article»

Best Italian Wines of 2009 from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast Magazines - The Wine Spectator and the Wine Enthusiast, two of the most prominent wine-centric magazines in the U. S., recently published their picks for the best wines from around the world released in 2009 . Both lists of 2009’s best wine offerings include a number of Italian wines and it’s interesting to look at exactly what wines were included in the two lists...read the article»

Italian Wines in Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Top 100 Cellar Selections 2009 - Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently released its top 100 wine cellar selections for 2009. These are the wines that editors of Wine Enthusiast consider to have the greatest potential for ageing, wines that will require additional time in a cellar for maximum drinking pleasure. Keep in mind that many...read the article»

The Best Italian Wines – Gambero Rosso’s 2010 Tre Bicchieri Winners - Gambero Rosso recently released the winners of its coveted 2010 Tre Bicchieri awards for quality Italian wines. Wines receiving the Tre Bicchieri (“Three Glasses”) award are deemed to be the best in Italy, the survivors of an exhaustive panel tasting process. As in past years, the awards are announced in October of the preceding year. Thus the 2010 Tre Bicchieri awards were announced...read the article »

A $1,000 Wine Cellar for the Italian Wine Enthusiast - This may be thought of as a “starter” wine cellar for people that are relatively new to the world of Italian wines and have some, but not a lot of discretionary income. The difficult part is knowing what wines to choose for the wine cellar so as to maximize the returns on your wine investment. What I have done is formulate a proposed wine cellar that costs approximately $1,000 at current retail prices and consists entirely of Italian wines that the owner can enjoy every day with dinner as well as some special wines that will garner nods of approval when served to guests...read the article»

Safeguarding Prosecco - In an article in the Business Section of the New York Times late last year, Amy Cortese highlighted efforts of producers of Prosecco in the Treviso hills in the Veneto region in northeastern Italy to protect the geographic integrity of the Prosecco name from incursions by foreign producers of bubbly wines produced from the Prosecco grape...read the article»

The Best Italian Wines – Gambero Rosso’s 2009 Tre Bicchieri Winners - Since it’s initial release by Stefano Bonilli in 1986 in the form of an eight page newspaper insert, Gambero Rosso’s Vini d’Italy has grown into what is universally recognized as the authoritative source of information on Italian wines. By annually tasting and reviewing over 25,000 different wines from over 2,200 producers, Gambero Rosso unravels the diverse Italian wine scene and has become the definitive standard for evaluating Italian wines for wine shops, restaurants and wine-savvy consumers...read the article »

Piero Antinori Receives 2008 "Lifetime Achievement" Award from Wine Enthusiast magazine - Italian winemaker Marchese Piero Antinori, president of Marchesi Antinori, one of the most historic and prestigious names in Tuscan viticulture, received a 2008 “Lifetime Achievement" Award from the American trade magazine Wine Enthusiast... read the article »

Commonly used terms found on Italian wine labels - Italian wines come complete with their own wine terms. Here is a list of the most commonly used terms or phrases found on Italian wine labels. read the list of commonly used terms»

Reading an Italian wine label - Finding the information you need on an Italian wine label can sometimes be a daunting task. This brief overview of a representative wine label will show you how to interpret the major pieces of information about the wine and the producer. read the article»

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