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Super Tuscans

Simply put, Super Tuscans are the premium wines of the IGT classification. As with most great wine classifications, there’s much more to the story. Originally, the term “Super Tuscan” referred to any Tuscan red wine that did not adhere to traditional regional blending laws. Unlike the traditional Toscanas, Super Tuscans blended with other varietals, including …

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Tuscan Grape Varietals

Red Grapes Sangiovese You simply cannot talk about Italian wine without giving credit to the all-star of Italian grapes: Sangiovese. Literally translated as the ‘Blood of Jove,’ Sangiovese it the most widely planted grape in all of Italy. It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained limestone soils on south-facing …

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Mormoreto – Super Tuscan wine

Another section of the estate is also bottled separately, the Mormoreto vineyard, which is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. It is a big, serious and richly textured wine with beautiful purity of fruitWruly worthy of the separate bottling. The 2003 vintage is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc and …

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Reading the Label

The most important thing to remember when reading an Italian wine label is to not panic. Most labels are getting easier to read but there are still a lot out there that are totally and completely confusing. But rest assured – there are a few things you can use to navigate through the madness! The …

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How to Serve

While it may seem a trivial thing, serving wine correctly can add enjoyment to any occasion from a casual get-together with friends to a more formal dinner party. Here are some helpful tips you should know about preparing, serving and pouring wine, and types of wine glasses suitable for the wines served. Wine Serving Temperatures …

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Wine Terms Made Easy

Abboccato – Medium-sweet and full bodied Amabile – Medium-sweet Annata – Vintage Azienda (or Casa) agricola – An estate that uses its own grapes in production of its wines Azienda (or Casa) vinicola – A producer who buys in and vinifies, usually a large scale operation Azienda (or Casa) vitivinicola – An estate that grows …

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Wine Tasting Terms

2011 Recipe Contest Submit your original Italian recipes to our recipe contest for a chance to win a dinner for four by Michelin star chef Donatella Zampoli. Submit your recipe now! Basic Terms Acidity: Describes a tart or sour taste in the mouth when total acidity of the wine is high. Aftertaste: The taste or …

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From Vineyard to Cellar

Winemaking is both an art and a science, combining the physical process of fermentation with the creative hand of the winemaker. The fermentation process for all wines is fairly straightforward: yeast is added to grape juice; the yeast consumes the grape? sugar and converts it to alcohol and carbon dioxide and heat. While each grape …

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Wine Tasting Terms

2011 Recipe Contest Submit your original Italian recipes to our recipe contest for a chance to win a dinner for four by Michelin star chef Donatella Zampoli. Submit your recipe now! Basic Terms Acidity: Describes a tart or sour taste in the mouth when total acidity of the wine is high. Aftertaste: The taste or …

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What is a Chianti?

Chianti is no longer just a red table wine found in a straw basket. With lands covering 1.2 million acres and nearly a third of Tuscany, this winegrowing area has been officially named the ‘big elephant.’ The rolling green hills in Chianti produces wines of different quality and taste, with variations of light/dry and bold/fruity. …

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