the Grape Dictionary: Bombino nero

Bombino nero is a red Italian wine grape variety that is grown in southern Italy, particularly the Puglia, Basilicata and Lazio as well as on the island of Sardinia. It is a permitted grape variety in the Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) wines of Castel del Monte and Lizzano. The grape is a primarily a blending grape but can be used as a varietal for red and rosé wines. Though DNA…

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metromap

The most amazing thing about this novel new wine map is how clearly it shows France’s complex wine regions. Created by architectural historian and wine buff Dr. David Gissen, it’s fun, great looking and wonderfully informative.

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Metro Wine Map of France The most amazing thing about this novel new wine map is how clearly it shows France’s complex wine regions.

Terrazas Wines for Summer BBQs

Terrazas Wines for Summer BBQs

From a valley in Argentina’s Andes, these reds are perfect for backyard parties TerrazasWines1.jpgAsado is the national dish of Argentina, and the word represents two separate meanings: first, a broad range of techniques associated with cooking barbecue and the traditional dish that ensues, and second, the actual barbecue event. Though the country is known for its rich carnivorous traditions, Argentina is…

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The Cube

Bricco Rocche, Castiglione Falletto, 2000

Located on the top of the Bricco Rocche hill in Castiglione Falletto, this project was linked with an expansion of the winery and the existing production facilities.

The Cube is a modern, hi-tech work of art designed as a pledge guaranteeing tradition and the preservation of a masterpiece of nature, Barolo. The cube’s sharp edges and solid base were designed to represent Barolo’s youthful sharpness along with its robust structure and great endurance. The use of glass without a frame ensures that nothing obstructs the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape enjoyed from the Bricco Rocche winery, which lies at the geographical heart of the Barolo growing area.

The design focused on creating a form of fully-transparent landscape architecture presented as a sculpture, a unique work of art in an inimitable setting: a monument to Barolo wine. The Cube was realized in association with the architects Luca and Marina Deabate and Polarglass (Turin).

S.O.W. part 42: Ceretto’s Cube The Cube Bricco Rocche, Castiglione Falletto, 2000 Located on the top of the Bricco Rocche hill in Castiglione Falletto, this project was linked with an expansion of the winery and the existing production facilities.
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Jazmin Andrea Toth.

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Flavorful Small Batch Vermont Gins

Flavorful Small Batch Vermont Gins

Three distinct versions of the juniper spirit, from the farm-filled New England state

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Britain might be the first location that comes to mind when thinking about quality gin. Historically, the most predominant brands have hailed from there—as well as many of our favorites today. New England is better known for rolling green hills and early colonial America but it’s there, in Vermont, that a…

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inside nova de gaia

inside nova de gaia

Oporto is known as the capital of port wine. So when we were there this summer the first thing was to visit the port houses. On our stroll through Nova de Gaia the village across the Douro where all the warehouses are situated, we visited Croft, Taylors and Offley. If you are not that geographical and expect tons of vineyards in the near vicinity of Oporto you might get disappointed. The actual…

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Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant, Santa Barbara

Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant, Santa Barbara

Tips from two of California’s most knowledgeable sommeliers on summertime pairings

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At Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, local winemakers regularly interact with sommeliers and enthusiasts. The locale’s friendly atmosphere is the upshot of the owners’ considerable knowledge—Brian McClintic tackled the Master Sommelier exam while being filmed for the documentary S…

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5 thing on wine vol. I

5 thing on wine vol. I

1. Wine-Tasting Workout: Train Yourself to be a Better Wine Taster When wine pros evaluate a bottle, they focus on six key things. Here, F&W’s Megan Krigbaum collects exercises from a trio of experts to help even a wine know-nothing become a smarter, happier, more insightful taster. Wine-Tasting Workout: Train Yourself from food & wine 2. Leading wine collector held hostage at home

One of France’s most famous wine collectors,…

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5 Bordeaux Deals

Back in the States after a year of studying wine at L’Université de Bordeaux, I was worried. How would I quench my thirst for the French region’s pricey reds on a limited budget? I craved their restrained sweetness, elegant structure, and long-lasting pleasure. Lucky me. Bordeaux’s two most recent vintages—2009 and 2010—hit the weather jackpot: Sunny days, cool nights, and rain at just the…

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