Category Archives: Italy

Montepulciano, Italy’s Red Gems: A Spotlight on Avignonesi

In and around the Tuscan town of Montepulciano, southeast of Florence and Siena, a clone of Sangiovese grows in dark, deep soils. The reds from this region taste more brooding and earthy than Sangiovese from other famed parts of Tuscany and despite their depth, they are often overshadowed by their...

Sagrantino di Montefalco: An Umbrian Masterpiece in a Bottle

When we think of Italian wine the big regions come to mind — Tuscany, Piedmont, Veneto, even Sicily. My guess is that although most people are aware that Italians grow wine grapes in virtually every sidewalk crack, they aren’t familiar with where some of the better esoteric cracks are. So if you...

5 Intense Italians You Need Now

In preparation for the podcast on an Italian sub-region — stay tuned for which one —  I realized that I neglected to post up fabulous Italians that I tasted and approved for sale on Vinport (from our Shameless Commerce Division — I do get a small cut of the profits,...