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Going to the Italian section in a wine shop can be an intimidating task. If you don’t speak Italian, the words on the label mean almost nothing to you. If you’ve ever traveled to Italy perhaps some words are familiar. In this article, I will tell you how to shop for Italian wine in the […]

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Negroamaro: Ancient Grape From Puglia

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When it comes to understanding Italian wines, we sometimes get lost because there are thousands of native grape varietals in Italy. The best way to understand them better is to study Italian geography a little bit. Puglia is one of Italy’s 20 regions. It’s one of the easiest to remember because it constitutes “the heel” […]


Primitivo: Wine Expressions From Puglia

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Primitivo is an ancient red wine grape, native to Puglia. It is Puglia’s most popular native varietal. While the grape is produced in virtually all of Puglia’s wine zones, there are different expressions that come from the biodiversity of terroir. So a Primitivo from the Castel del Monte appellation will taste different from a Primitivo […]


Thanksgiving Wine Dilemma

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You’re roasting a Turkey on Thanksgiving Day. How do you choose the perfect wine?  It’s a tough question because you have both white and dark meat in a Turkey. Aren’t you supposed to drink white wines with white meant? And red wines with dark meat?  Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.  The answer is, “think […]