News Archives: Italy

Piaggia & The Hidden Treasure of Carmignano DOCG

Piaggia & The Hidden Treasure of Carmignano DOCG 4

Tuscan legend has it that when Catherine de’ Medici of Florence was married to King Henry II of France in 1533, they exchanged important wedding gifts. The Medici family gifted the French royals forks, which were already widely used in Italy, but unknown in France; and the French gifted the Medicis Cabernet grapes, which were … Read More

Grand Cru Puglia: The Wines of Cosimo Taurino

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“Traditional,” “rustic,” “authentic,” “not without its subtle nuances and soft contours,” “gutsy,” “spicy,” “earthy,”—these are just a few of the words professionals have used to describe the wines of Cosimo Taurino. Allow me to add more: “a gem in the rough”—for Puglia, one of Italy’s largest bulk wine growing regions, Taurino stands head and shoulders … Read More

Back to the Future of Soave (and Valpolicella)!

Back to the Future of Soave (and Valpolicella)!

What if we told you that we have a wine in stock that’s made entirely with grapes from organically-farmed 120+-year-old prephylloxera vines planted in volcanic soil, and that it’s widely considered one of Italy’s best wines year in and year out? Would your mind stray perhaps to Etna or the high volcanic hills of Campania? … Read More

E. Pira – Chiara Boschis: Now A Family Affair!

E. Pira - Chiara Boschis: Now A Family Affair!

Chiara Boschis: rock star, rebel, feminist, pioneer, entrepreneur, iconoclast—these are just a few terms that come to mind when considering this prestigious Barolo producer. Chiara was born into wine; her ancestors founded the Giacomo Borgogno estate in Barolo in 1761 and her family stewarded that winery until its sale in 2008. She and her brothers … Read More