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Taste Umbria at Home with an Oh-So-Delicious Black Truffle Spaghetti

Taste Umbria at Home with an Oh-So-Delicious Black Truffle Spaghetti

by Kristin Tice Studeman Celebrate something (anything, really) with a pasta dressed up with truffles.When times call for something simple, comforting, and a bit indulgent, do as they do in the Italian region of Umbria — and make a black truffle spaghetti at home. “Truffles, extra-virgin olive oil, and handmade spaghetti (or tagliatelle) are in our heritage,” says Marco Caprai of Arnaldo Caprai Winery, a 370-acre property in the Montefalco region of Umbria, an area that boasts a long history of rich red wines and prized black truffles. “This dish represents the true soul of Umbrian cuisine — great raw materials with...
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Cascade Effect

Cascade Effect

California vintners continue to build on their success with Pinot Noir ... In Sonoma's historic heartland of Pinot Noir, the Russian River Valley, stalwart producers such as Arista, Dehlinger, Ferren, Hartford Court, Paul Hobbs and Williams-Selyem continue to prime the quality pump with both single-vineyard bottlings and appellation blends. Indeed, the high quality of many appellation blends make them a good buying strategy if you are looking for value. These versions tap multiple vineyard sources within an appellation and are made in significantly higher quantities. They offer solid varietal flavors and structure, with just a bit less concentration and finesse...
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Why Somms Love Wines From New Zealand

Why Somms Love Wines From New Zealand

words: CHRISTINE CLARK ... And despite being a firmly New World wine country, McManus has even found something in New Zealand for the white Burgundy lover, in the single-vineyard Chardonnays from Kumeu River winery. “These are incredibly complex wines with a beautiful richness on the palate while also drinking with freshness,” he says. He recommends buying a few bottles to cellar. ... Full article here
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Robb Recommends: A Sangiovese Bottled in 2012 Is Finally Available. Here’s Why it Was Worth the Wait.

Robb Recommends: A Sangiovese Bottled in 2012 Is Finally Available. Here’s Why it Was Worth the Wait.

Biondi-Santi held back its Riserva until it was just right. BY SARA L. SCHNEIDER  Photo: Courtesy of Biondi Santi They say, “Drink no wine before its time.” For most such sweeping directives, it’s impossible to trace the elusive “they.” Not so, though, for the champion of patience when it comes to wine. The modern-day patriarch of Brunello di Montalcino’s Biondi-Santi, pioneer of superior Sangiovese in the region, was adamant that vintages of the complex, structured red should be held until they were ready to release their beauty.     The 2012 Biondi-Santi Riserva is, in fact, the last vintage overseen by Franco Biondi Santi himself,...
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TOP 100 CELLAR SELECTIONS OF 2020

TOP 100 CELLAR SELECTIONS OF 2020

It might seem counter intuitive to stash a bottle of wine away with the intent to enjoy it at a much later date. We get it—once you have it, why wait to pop it open? And while it’s true that many wines on the market are meant to be enjoyed within a year or two after release, some are able to stand the test of time and will bring even more delight as they age. The good news is, you don’t have to be a wine expert to know which wines will age well, and you also don’t have to spend hundreds...
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12 Things You Should Know About Schramsberg Vineyards

12 Things You Should Know About Schramsberg Vineyards

words: KATIE BROWN illustration: DANIELLE GRINBERG     Nestled in Calistoga, Calif., Schramsberg Vineyards is known primarily for its sparkling wines. The brand, founded by Jacob Schram in the 1800s, has undergone many changes over time. Since 1965, it has been owned by the Davies family, which has made the brand and its property what it is today. With four different vineyards and over 30 varieties of wine, Schramsberg is a force in the Napa Valley wine world. But there’s still plenty you don’t know about the bubbly brand. Read on for 12 facts you should know about Schramsberg. Full article here
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PANCAKE DAY: THE PERFECT WINE PAIRINGS FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PANCAKE TOPPINGS

PANCAKE DAY: THE PERFECT WINE PAIRINGS FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PANCAKE TOPPINGS

Pancake Day is upon us, and in the spirit of never doing things by a half measure, we’ve compiled this guide to the perfect pairings for your favourite pancake toppings with the expert help of Master of Wine Patrick Schmitt. If you’re looking to indulge in the ultimate Pancake Day feast this evening, then look no further than this handy guide – you’ll be raving about the flavour combinations until this time next year once you’ve tried out these wine pairings for pancakes. ... 5. Strawberries and Cream Though a quintessential mainstay of the British Summertime, strawberries and cream are...
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