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Nebbi-YOLO06/25/13

 

Some grapes are just better than others. I’ve written about Nebbiolo several times before, and if you’re wondering why this might be so, I’d like to direct your attention back to the previous sentence. Nebbiolo, also known as Italy’s noble grape, but the fact that “Nebbiolo” and “noble” share most of the same letters is pure coincidence, I assure you. Grown primarily in the Piedmont region of Italy, there are several designated places particularly celebrated for the […]

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Hey there! After yet another inexplicably protracted absence, I’m back! And today I’ve got three wines to review: wines that hail from my favorite shoe-shaped wine-producing country of all time, Italy. You may remember Italy from World War II, The Jersey Shore Season 4, or perhaps even my past reviews – Italian wine is, in fact, my favorite, and I tend to drink it pretty frequently. But this marks the first time I’ve received press samples from […]

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Four wines. Nine people. Five people with whom I remembered to discuss the four wines. Put them all together and what do you get? The tasting that took place at my apartment on Saturday (well, a Saturday, anyway…sorry for the delay) much to the chagrin of neighbors everywhere. By which I mean, the neighbors in my immediate vicinity. While my last tasting had featured wines I’d received from Inter Beaujolais, this time I chose the theme myself. […]

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Gift giving is one of humanity’s oldest and proudest traditions, ranking right up there with music and prostitution, and just below the consumption of alcohol. The right gift can be used to make a vast array of statements to the recipient: everything from “happy birthday!” to “I hope you enjoy this poison!” As much as it’s possible to say with a gift, however, there’s but a single appropriate way to respond when someone has given one to […]

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If you’ve ever heard of the Internet – and really, even if you haven’t – you’re probably familiar with the interminable quarrel between ninjas and pirates over the question of who is cooler. And as much as I favor the maritime marauder over the island assassin, there’s one area in which pirates simply can’t compete with their stealthier foes: stealth. And so it was with ninja-like vigilance rather than my usual piratic rapacity that I embarked upon […]

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Cortese Days09/19/11

 

As I’ve mentioned time and again, both here on the blog and through my exploits on Twitter, I love lesser-known grape varietals. The “Big 8” – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Pinot Noir – make some excellent wines, sure, and they’re no doubt popular for a reason; but when I walk into a store that has only these eight on the shelves, it fills me with a deep, vaguely smug sadness. […]

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Those of you who know me, or have read my blog before, or intend to finish reading this sentence know that I’m a passionate proponent of Piedmontese wines. Apart from being home to my favorite grape of all, the oft-reviewed Nebbiolo, Piedmont is known primarily for Dolcetto and Barbera, the former of which you can read my thoughts on here, and the latter of which you can read about…well, here here. Barbera, like Nebbiolo and Dolcetto, is […]

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – the nearest major city to yours truly – has a whole bunch of things for which it’s widely known. Just off the top of my head, I can think of cheesesteaks, pretzels, poor sportsmanship, the Liberty Bell, Rocky, and of course a certain television program which, funny though it may be, has single-handedly given rise to the most egregious meteorological misconception of our generation. One thing Philly isn’t famous for is wine, a reality […]

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I read an article in the Wine Spectator recently about drinking red wines (chilled) in summertime, and how we should all start doing it. Certainly I’ve got a thing for reds, but the societal trend has always been to seek out whites and roses when the heat gets…hot. And if my 23 years of life have taught me anything, it’s that you should always – ALWAYS – cave to peer pressure, no matter how slight it may […]

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Hello there, Internet. How’s it going? That’s great! As for me, I’ve been busy with end-of-semester nonsense, and as a result, it’s been a whole week since my last review. I realize you all must be starving for my whimsical brand of wine wisdom by now, so I’ve decided to apologize by giving you all exactly what you want: a hot, throbbing dose of it. Today I’m going to discuss a Nebbiolo, which some of you probably […]

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