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    Vermouth di Torino-Italy’s Timeless Elixir

    Vermouth is an aromatized and fortified Italian wine, rooted in the vibrant culture and rich heritage of the Piedmont region. It is flavored with various botanicals, herbs, roots, and spices, and is typically used as an ingredient in cocktails or enjoyed on its own as an aperitif. Originally, it was created for medicinal purposes but has evolved into a popular beverage in its own right. Vermouth embodies centuries of tradition, craftsmanship, and innovation. Turin, Italy (Torino, in Italian) is considered the birthplace of Vermouth, as the beverage originated in this city in the 18th century. Hence, it is referred to as Vermouth di Torino.  Antonio Benedetto Carpano is credited with…

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    Unveiling the Treasures of Bolgheri with Podere Sapaio

    Bolgheri, a central Italian village and hamlet of Castagneto Carducci, located in the province of Livorno, Tuscany, is known for producing some of Italy’s finest and most prestigious wines. The Bolgheri region’s unique terroir, which includes a combination of favorable climate, soil, and proximity to the Tyrrhenian Sea, contributes to the production of these exceptional wines. The Bolgheri area gained international recognition for its high-quality wines, specifically, their Super Tuscan wines, which are a blend of traditional Italian grape varieties, such as Sangiovese, with international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and/or Syrah.The region’s wines are often marked by their rich flavors, deep complexity, and ability to age gracefully.…

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    Wining Hour Feature: I Veroni Chianti Rùfina

    Chianti, in Tuscany, Italy, is one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Most people are familiar with the rolling hills of Tuscany and the wine that historically came in a fiasco, the classic straw baskets that encased the wine to protect the thin glass bottles during shipping and to help them stand upright. This month, my “Wining Hour” features two elegant wines from Cantina I Veroni in Chianti Rùfina.  The Territory: Chianti Rùfina The Chianti region spans across the Tuscan provinces of Arezzo, Florence, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena.  The Chianti Classico Consorzio has recently adopted 11 new sub zones or UGAs: Castellina, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Gaiole, Greve,…

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    The Quintessential Mediterranean Aperitivo

    Some call it an Aperitif. Others refer to it as an Aperitivo. An aperitif or aperitivo is an alcoholic beverage, typically served before a meal, with the purpose of stimulating the appetite. It is often enjoyed as a pre-dinner drink to awaken the taste buds, cleanse the palate and prepare the stomach for the meal to come.  Aperitifs are a significant part of many cultures, especially in European countries like Italy, France, Spain and Greece, where the ritual of enjoying an aperitif before a meal is deeply ingrained in the social and culinary traditions. They serve as a delightful way to relax, socialize, and set the mood for a pleasant…

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    The Wining Hour Summer Wine Down

    Ok, ok. I know it’s been a while. This summer has been chock-full of events (both personal and business), as well as lots of travel. Basically, my summer has been non-stop! Nevertheless, as summer is winding down, I thought it would be a good time to jump back in and share a few Wining Hour highlights with you.  Events & Happenings Great Wines of the World NYC Tasting James’s Suckling’s (NY) Great Wines of the World is a two-day walk-around tasting that affords the opportunity to literally discover and taste some of the best wines in the world! The event features over 35 of the best wine-growing areas and more…

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