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Ronchi di Cialla and Moschioni: Wines of Friuli’s Indigenous Red Grapes

Michele Moschioni

Reading Time: Friuli-Venezia Giulia is arguably the source of Italy’s most exciting white wines. We were impressed with the whites when we visited, but beyond just the whites, we were also astonished by the diversity of the wine region. There are a shocking number of excellent red wines being made in Friuli. A good number…

Gravner and Radikon: Italian Wines Without Compromise

Gravner Vineyard Friuli

Reading Time: Gravner and Radikon have been high on our “must visit” list for a long time. We are huge fans of the natural, macerated, qvevri wines in Georgia. While the Georgians have been making this style of wine for thousands of years, these two Friulian producers were the ones that pushed this style of…

Bastianich and Jermann: Iconic Friulian Wine

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Reading Time: When we selected wineries to visit during our Friuli-Venezia Giulia trip, we wanted to taste the best that the region had to offer. Most of our trip focused on visiting small producers. Several larger producers have left their mark on the wine scene and we wanted to visit a few of them as…

Classic Wines from Borgo del Tiglio and Meroi

Meroi Vineyards Friuli Venezia Giulia

Reading Time: Nice white wines and a few amber wine producers. That was our impression of Friuli-Venezia Giulia before we visited the region. It turns out that both of our initial impressions are correct, but there’s more to Friuli than that. It’s a dynamic region with so many different styles of wines being made. Some…

How Do Top Croatian Wines Fare Against Italian Wines?

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Reading Time: In 2016, we spent three months in Croatia; and we’ll be returning to the country again in 2017 for a few more months to finish up the research and writing for our latest wine book entitled Cracking Croatia. During our stay, we wanted to organize a special tasting session for our Croatian friends,…

Miani: The Stuff Wine Dreams are Made of

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Reading Time: Several months ago as we were planning our trip to Friuli-Venezia Giulia, we posted on Antonio Galloni’s Vinous forum seeking suggestions for “only the best wineries in Friuli”. One member responded, “There can only be one… Miani.” Our fate is decided. Enzo Pontoni is the owner, vigneron, and winemaker at the garage winery Miani….

Etna: Wine on Fire

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(Reading Time: ) There are sixteen mountains around the world that are classified as “Decade Volcanoes”. A mountain qualifies for that title when it is located close to heavily populated areas and when it has a history of large eruptions. In the South Mediterranean, there is one example of these special forces of nature. It…

Barbaresco: People of the Vine

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Reading Time: “Dedicato a Papa” was written on every single barrel in the cellar. “I dedicate everything to my father,” said Ornella Pelissero from Pasquale Pelissero winery. When I saw those inscriptions on the oak barrels, tears flowed from my eyes. The emotion in the room was palpable. It was moving for both Charine and…

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