Tag Archives: Italy

Wines of the Week: Gundlach Bundschu, Pedroncelli and more

Some readers who do not regularly have a chance to read The Washington Post’s Wednesday Food section have asked me to post my columns and wine recommendations here more regularly. So I will try to do that in some form … Continue reading

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Why white wines should not always be drunk young …

Here’s my dirty little secret: I love white wines. In WineLine #26, way back in January 2003 before these online scribblings were called blogs, I issued an impassioned defense of white wines. Sometimes, I even think I prefer white wines … Continue reading

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Italy’s Three Kings

Dominic Nocerino oozes luxury and style, from his tailored suit and silk ties to the triple-digit prices in the portfolio of wines he has built for Vinifera Imports, the company he founded in 1979. Yet along with the good-natured instant … Continue reading

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Sweet Endings for 2009

Earlier this month I wrote two columns for The Washington Post recommending sparkling wines for the holidays – one on wines above $30, the other for more budget-conscious revelers. All the wines were dry. That led one frustrated reader to … Continue reading

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Bring Back the Samplers

When I began my wine explorations two decades ago, one store in DC I regularly visited was Mayflower Wine & Spirits, on M St NW. The store specialized in Italian wines, but it had a great selection from around the … Continue reading

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Coppo Brachetto d’Acqui Passione 2006

Most of the Brachetto wines I tasted for my column this week in The Washington Post were bright, fruity, delightfully fun wines, spritzy with bubbles and deliciously sweet. The Coppo Passione 2006 ($28) was more complex, more serious. Its color … Continue reading

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Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui – a Great Chocolate Wine

No, not a chocolate-flavored wine, but a great wine to pair with chocolate, especially cake and cookies and other confections. €˜Smores, perhaps? No need for stuffy gourmandise when the wine is as fun as a Brachetto d€™Acqui. If you€™ve only … Continue reading


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Holiday Bubbles!

Even in economically depressed times, sometimes nothing less than Champagne will do! For some people of course, especially in down times, nothing less will do! After all, it was John Maynard Keynes, the noted economist whose theories got us out … Continue reading

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Some Bargain Fizz for the Not-So-Jolly Holidays

Holidays can be less than jolly in tough times. But before we all endulge our inner Scrooge, we should remember that Tiny Tim’s impoverished family, the Cratchits, celebrated even in the leanest of times. So even though we may not … Continue reading

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A Delightful (and Cheap!) Italian Pinot

With the world economy flushing itself down the toilet, wine lovers are indulging ourselves in our second favorite pursuit – finding wines that taste more expensive than they cost. (As opposed to our most favorite sport – scoring the rare … Continue reading

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