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The Magic of Villa Cordevigo

Once upon a time in Renaissance Italy, the wealthy and noble Pignolati family bought a piece of uninhabited farmland, on which they built an impressive village. Today, we call this village Verona. Now, through a path of monumental cypress and nestled among vineyards and olive groves, the magic Details

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Terredora

I recently had my first taste of Terredora wines with a bottle of 2010 Aglianico DOC that my mother brought home from Campania.  Laden with dark fruit and earth, I found myself enchanted by a young wine that easily could have aged years and years more, but still exhibited the personality and vig 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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FVG: White Merlot

This interesting little gem has traveled its way from Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) to get into my gullet!  A soft, full-bodied white, the Foffani White Merlot is an unusual and unique expression of the traditional Merlot grape.  Made by harvesting the grapes just as they reach maturity and allow Details

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March 6, 2013 4:09 am
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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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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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