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Andrea Felici Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi “East of the Appennines where the alpine winds meet the cool maritime wines of the Adriatic at 500m, the vineyards cling to hilly, calcareous clay and limestone soils." "Verdicchio is a very old grape, and a slow ripening grape with nice acidity, and great tension.

The Terroir of Chianti (a primer with Badia a Coltibuono)

What goes into the making of a truly great Chianti? As with any great wine of the world, it starts with location, planting the correct clonal material in the correct spot for maximum quality. Then of course there are the farming systems being employed, and finding the balance between vigor and

Praise for Paitin of Piemonte

We recently held a major trade tasting featuring all of our wineries from Piemonte, Italy. Popping the corks on table after table of Barbera, Dolcetto, Barolo, and Barbaresco is an easy way to bring the top wine experts of our retail and restaurant scene out of the woodwork. The room was

Barbera: A Tale of Two Cities

The chummiest friend-for-life out of the Piemontese family, Barbera is the first to explain what Piedmont is all about and it does this so effortlessly that you wonder at its breadth of expression and its humble talents. This red ripens late but for good reason; it is known for its

Arneis: Piemonte’s Best Kept Secret

Arneis is a white variety hailing from the Roero hills -a place more known for the solid stamina of deep and rich Nebbiolo reds. Walking the vineyards of Piedmont might be heaven on earth for its immediate access to all of the incomparable Barolo and Barbaresco the heart desires but

Nebbiolo Three Ways

Nebbiolo is one of the great red wine varieties. Of the highly regarded red wine grapes it is probably the least adopted by winemakers worldwide jealous of the complex, big wines it makes. The Piemontese guard against prolific export of cuttings but even more significantly many vintner and winemakers feel

Dalla Terra tasting restrospect: Wil Bailey’s picks

Our tremendous Dalla Terra portfolio tasting two weeks ago is still on the minds (and palates) of many a Minnesota wine buyer. There are few portfolios that can match the integrity and diversity of Dalla Terra, and asking Wil Bailey to pick out his favorites was met with a confused

Prosecco: the facts you need to know

Prosecco sales are through the roof nationwide, and for good reason: the gentle nature of the bubbles, the faintest whiff of sweetness, and ... let's be honest ... a flavor profile that kicks any party into high gear. With Prosecco so popular, it's high time to get our facts straight about

Dalla Terra tasting at the Guthrie, September 11, 2013

The Wine Company welcomed five incredible producers from Italy, along with Christian MacIntosh of Dalla Terra, to the Twin Cities for a Dalla Terra portfolio tasting on September 11, 2013. It was a terrific afternoon of amazing wines, and having special guests Achille Boroli (Boroli), Marianna Carpene (Inama), Alessandro di Gresy

How to be a Prosecco Pro

There is no category in the world of Sparkling Wine that has garnered as much market share in such a short period of time as Prosecco. But what, reallly, is Prosecco? You might think you know the answers, but recent changes in Italian wine law require a refresher course. Also, understanding
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