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Taurasi DOCG

Taurasi DOCG, also know as the “Barolo of the South”, embodies the spirit and character of the region Campania, the gateway into Southern Italy.  Centered around the capital of Avellino, Taurasi and Taurasi Riserva are based on at least 85% Aglianico grapes, a native Greek varietal brought t Details

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Marsala: Sicily’s King

When most think of Marsala, they imagine a cooking wine that needs chicken and mushrooms to become palatable.  But on the contrary, Sicilians are returning to the highly admired and coveted production methods that once made Marsala great. Generally made from the native Grillo, Catarratto, or Inz Details

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Sicily: Donnafugata Wines

Donnafugata has been making beautiful and expressive Sicilian wines for the last 160 years.  With cellars and estates born in Marsala, their Contessa Entellina vineyards in the heart of Western Sicily, and their hypnotizing production of Zibbibo Passito on the island of Pantelleria, DonnaFugata Details

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February 4, 2013 3:39 am
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Prosecco

Prosecco, Italy’s most famous sparkling wine, gets its name from its origin town of Prosecco in Friuli Venezia Giulia, although it is mostly cultivated in neighboring Veneto.  Confusingly, the grape used to create this lively libation is also named Prosecco, and must be present at a minimum of Details

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January 23, 2013 5:08 pm
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Natural Foods in Cremona

“Our food is a national treasure,” Angelo Marazia told me recently on a warm, rainy afternoon in the lovely town of Cremona.  I nodded in agreement, remembering the many Italian meals I’d enjoyed, as I sipped a caffe lungo at the bar in the Piazza del Comune. Angelo told me of his passion Details

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I’m back!

Escape Artists have been all over Italy for the past couple of months!   Sometimes, I have to research a particular province or region, which means I have to leave my husband at home, and travel to Italy.   I knew very little about Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) in the northeastern portion of It Details

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Italian Wine Grapes: Vitovska

Vitovska: this little known white grape hails from Friuli-Venezia Giulia (FVG) in northeast Italy.  Bordering countries Slovenia and Austria, this area is known for producing crisp, refreshing white wines and Vitovska is no exception.  As wine knows no national borders, Vitovska, also called Ga Details

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Italian Wine Grapes: Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is a thin-skinned, dark blue grape native to northern Italy, specifically Piedmont.  Fruity, tannic, yet lightly concentrated in color, Nebbiolo is the only grape used to make the legendary Italian wines, Barolo and Barbaresco.  It has been documented as early as 1303, but ampelographe Details

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October 28, 2012 5:45 pm
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Italian Olive Oil Curiosities

The Medici family transformed the hillsides of Tuscany by ordering the cultivation of olive trees and grapevines.  Now, the Tuscan landscape is an ideal setting for popular commercials, movies, and vacations. Nearby, the hills in Umbria are dotted with endless olive tree orchards.  In the 19th Details

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What Does DOC Mean?

The abbreviation DOC stands for denominazione di origine controllata (Controlled Designation of Origin), which means that the origin of Italian wines and some cheeses are legally controlled by the Italian government.  On the same note, high quality cheese, ham, vinegar, olive oil, tomatoes, e Details

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