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Pantelleria is a tiny volcanic island in the Straits of Sicily just 60 km east of the Tunisian coast. Although Pantelleria belongs to Italy it has been influenced by many cultures in the past and in fact it was first settled by Iberians and Romans but was conquered in the 8th century the island was conquered by Arabs and ever since the Arab culture has remained omnipresent. The Arabs influenced many things on Pantelleria – including winemaking.

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Sagrantino is considered one of Italy’s most important autochthonous red grapes. Its origins are under debate but it is widley believed that the grape was brought to Italy by Byzantine monks from Asia Minor and has been ...

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Prior to drinking both wines were decanted for roughly 3 hours and served at a little below room temperature. We had two identical decanters, served the wines in identical glasses and only the host knew which wine was in which decanter. Blind tastings are always fun in my opinion because it’s all about . . .

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A few months ago, I started a new monthly theme: Mini-Reviews. I taste a bunch of wine each month that doesn’t get its own dedicated post but because I still want to share my tasting notes about them with you I came up with this new theme. The mini-reviews are meant to fun and easy to understand. Each mini-review includes a Wine Searcher link that helps you find the wine.

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Nerobaronj is single vineyard wine produced in Val di Noto, the region between Pachino and Nato. The vineyard, which is called Vigna Baroni, is the southeastern-most corner of Sicily and lies further south than Tunis, Tunisia.The wine is produced with 100% Nero d’Avola grapes that were grown with the traditional Sicilian, labor-intense albarello-method. After fermentation the wine aged 18 months in small barrique barrels of 225 liters. Nerobaronj is classified as Sicilia IGT.

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Azienda Agricola Zuffa is a small, family-run, certified organic, winery from Imola. They winery produces five red and six white wines. Most of the wines are varietal wines like the Infinitum, which is produced with 100% Sangiovese di Romagna. After fermentation in stainless steel vats, Infinitum ages in large oak barrels.

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What is Monteraponi? Is it a village? Is it an estate? Is it a wine? The answer to all three questions is yes.
Monteraponi is a small village in the heart of the Chianti Classico completely surrounded by forests forming its own ecosystem. It is built around three medieval square towers dating back which were built in the 10th century. In the 1970s the Braganti family bought the . . .

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For many centuries wine has been paired with cheese.  Regardless if you intend to complement or to contrast a wine, cheese is almost always a perfect pairing partner.

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Today’s post is dedicated to a more or less unknown and often overseen German grape variety: Scheurebe. In the early 20th century, oenologist Georg Scheu created the grape by crossing Riesling with Bukettraube (a cross between Silvaner and Schiava). Scheu intented to create a Riesling-like grape that was well-suited to be cultivated in Rheinhessen. Scheurebe is considered Germany’s most successful grape crossing. 

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Schloss Saarstein is located in Serrig an der Saar, a small town in Germany’s Saar Valley. The Saar raises in the Vosges Mountains and flows into the Moselle near Trier. Schloss Saarstein is best known for its Riesling. The styles range from simple Kabinett to more sophisticated Beerenauslese. Regularly Schloss Saarstein Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese fetch top prices at VDP-auctions. The winery distinguishes between three levels of quality. Saarstein is their most basic line. Wines labeled Schloss Saarstein are of higher quality. Only Schloss Saarstein’s finest wines are classified as Serringer Schloss Saarsteiner Riesling “VDP” Grosse Lage.
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