Ascoli Piceno

Cantine dei Colli Ripani Passerina “Ninfa Ripana”, 2004, Marche Verdicchio has been the shining star of white wine from the Marche since Fazzi-Battaglia hit the market with its fish shaped bottle over thirty years ago.Lesser known whites were pushed even...

Enzo Mecella Verdicchio

Enzo Mecella Verdicchio di Matelica “Pagliano”, 2006, Le Marche Verdicchio is the sole white varietal of note in a region whose lush, well crafted red wines are slowly garnering adherants. Of the two DOC zones producing Verdicchio, Castelli di Jesi hard by...

Cantalupo Primagenia

Antiche Vigneti di Cantalupo “Primagenia” 2005, Piemonte The Colline Novarese DOC is located in the smaller cluster of designated zones in northern Piemonte that includes Gattinara and Ghemme, two familiar names for devotees of Nebbiolo. The regulations...

Emidio Pepe Montepulciano

Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Torano Nuovo”, 2001, DOC, Abruzzo Every now and then I come across a bottle that can only be described as an Al Pacino wine – you know, an experience that moves you to say “..hooo ahhh”, like the...

Italian Pick of The Week : Uva Rustia

Orsolani 2006 Erbaluce “La Rustia”, Caluso DOC Along the Dora Baltea river in northwestern Piemonte is the town if Caluso, center for the Erbaluce di Caluso DOC. The eponymous grape, named for the goddess Albaluce, takes on a bright coppery hue in the...