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A First Course in Wine: From Grape to Glass. Copyright 2013; Race Point Publishers, NY. 224 pages. Forward by Mario Batali.

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Interview with Fabio Giannetti of Azienda Agricola La Fornace, Montalcino, Italy

There is a saying in the fabled city of Florence that goes, “Tuscany is the garden of Italy, and Florence is the flower of Tuscany”. If you’ve ever been to this part of the world, it’s hard to disagree with such a statement. The people are warm, the buildings are enchanting, and around every corner […]

Food and Wine Magazine: Pairing wines with Vegetables featuring Batali, Ladner, and Amatuzzi

In the April edition of Food and Wine magazine, which hits newstands this week, chefs Mario Batali and Mark Ladner propose that vegetables are on the verge of a new renaissance. Vegetables are easy to grow in one’s personal garden, and require

Photo courtesy of John Kernick and Food and Wine Magazine

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Get To Know Your Grapes: Viognier

Viognier (vee-ohn-YAY) is one of the better-kept secrets in winemaking, and producers who successfully harvest the grape often reap the benefits of this fickle variety. Legend has it that the grape was packaged along with Syrah en route to the region of Beaujolais, slightly north Condriue. The ship was captured during its voyage around […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) - Domaine Des Causses Saint Chinian 2005, France

Wines from the Languedoc are often overshadowed by wines from other areas within France. Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley, and Champagne still dominate many restaurant wine lists and retail shelves. Despite this, there are many wines from the Languedoc worth seeking out.

The major wine appellations of the Languedoc in southern France

The Languedoc […]

Interview with Antonio Statti and Nicola Bambina of Cantine e Frantoio Statti, Calabria

Looking down on the terrain through an airplane window, the Statti estate is one of the more recognizable land masses, spanning 1,200 acres of vineyards, olive groves, and grazing pastures. Brothers Antonio and Alberto oversee all the operations for the family business including wine, olive oil, and fresh milk, much of which is used for […]