• #wine #winetasting,  Apulia,  Puglia,  Rosé

    Peering Into the Pink Wines of Puglia

    Rosé all day. While this phrase is catchy, it really is the sentiment shared by many. Although the pink wines known as rosé are very popular these days, rosé is one of the oldest types of wine made. Rosé wines are produced from a wide variety of grapes and can be found in just about every region of the world…including Italy. While there are a few regions noted for rosé, Puglia is one of Italy’s major producers of rosé.  In fact, Puglia serves as a benchmark for Italian rosato or rosé. Rosé wine production was originally referred to in the 19th century as lacrimas, or delicate, fragrant tears of juice.…

  • #wine #winetasting,  Apulia,  Basilicata,  Calabria,  campania,  events,  Molise,  Puglia,  Sicilia,  Sicily,  travel

    Southern Italian Wines take Center Stage at Radici del Sud

    Showcasing Southern Italy While most people are familiar with the wines of Central Italy and Tuscany (Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Super Tuscans, Trebbiano, etc.) and those of Northern Italy (Barolo, Barbaresco, Amarone, etc.), the wines of Southern Italy are lesser known. The fact that Italy has over 500 grape varieties, making it that much more challenging. Yet, winemakers, wine tasters, journalists and many others are doing their part to promote wines of the south.  Radici del Sud is one such organization. Since 2005, Radici del Sud endeavors to shine the spotlight on Southern Italy by featuring wines produced from native grapes in Puglia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria and Sicily.  Radici del…

  • Apulia,  Puglia,  Rosé

    It’s Primavera, Perfect for Tramari Rosé of Primitivo

    Primitivo can be Crisp and Refreshing too! Primavera, or spring, in Italian, is so much more than the end of the winter season.  Primavera or spring signals life, rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation.  Spring is a time for longer sunlight hours and warmer weather. Animals come out of hibernation and nature follows suit by growing and flourishing. Flora and fauna emerge everywhere. While flowers are growing and birds are singing, winelovers are thinking about wines to reinvigorate their palate.  I found just the thing-Tramari Rosé of Primitivo. Tramari Rosé of Primitivo is produced by Cantine San Marzano of Puglia. San Marzano is a village located in the Primitivo di Manduria DOC…

  • Apulia,  Puglia

    Feel the Heel with these 10 Primitivos

    Ten Must-Try Bottles of Primitivo di Manduria Manduria, Puglia c/o Consorzio di Tutela Primitivo di Manduria An early ripening grape variety known as Primitivo, or Primitivus in Latin, produces a beautiful wine that every winelover should experience. It is genetically identical to Zinfandel, as well as the Croatian grape, Crljenak Kastelanski. So, you like the flavor profiles in these grapes, you’re in the right place.  There is no secret, though, if you want good, authentic Primitivo, you go to Puglia.  Puglia, located in the Southeastern part of Italy, forming the heel of the Italian boot, is major producer of Primitivo and it is considered one of their most distinguished red…

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