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Marche Stays the Course Amidst Future Uncertainty

Italy: Center & South, featured

Eric Guido, May 2024

The writing for Marche is on the wall. Quality remains exceptionally high. A new focus on terroir and a focus on exalting a sense of place has been wildly successful. Moreover, the wines remain extremely well-priced. That said, Marche faces significant challenges in maintaining its share of international markets.

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Both Sides of the Spectrum

featured, Italy: North

Eric Guido, Apr 2024

Two successive warm and drought-filled years challenged winemakers in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, yet the 2021s and 2022s still offer plenty of pleasure. Readers will find many beautifully balanced yet sun-kissed wines. Unfortunately, others lack substance and come across as aromatically challenged, ripe and one-dimensional.

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Trentino-Alto Adige: Pushing the Limits

featured, Italy: North

Eric Guido, Mar 2024

Over the past two decades, Trentino-Alto Adige was largely unaffected by the negative impact of climate change yet is now dealing with successive warm vintages. While we can still depend on their production of cool, crisp whites and alpine reds, recent years have reshaped the wines and forced producers to begin thinking outside of the box.

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Borgo del Tiglio Rosso Riserva: The Road Less Traveled

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, Italy: North

Eric Guido, Mar 2024

Why would one of the greatest producers of white wine in Italy want to organize a tasting of the second label of their red wine? This is the question that was on my mind as I drove down the country road that leads to Cormòns, the small hamlet that is home to Borgo del Tiglio.

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Slovenia: Just the Beginning

featured, Slovenia

Eric Guido, Mar 2024

So similar to northeastern Italy yet alien all the same, the wines of Slovenia are increasingly of note. The country is exploding with new projects, young talents and even cross-border collaborations. Now is the time to get in on the ground floor.

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Carmignano, Montecucco and Tuscany’s Unrivaled Diversity

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Eric Guido, Mar 2024

It pays to explore beyond Chianti Classico, Montalcino and Montepulciano when looking for a diverse range of high-quality Sangioveses and blends across Tuscany. The wines of Carmignano and Montecucco are some of the region's best, often at prices that won’t break the bank.

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Veneto: A Constant State of Evolution

featured, Italy: North

Eric Guido, Feb 2024

Veneto remains a hotbed of activity and a source of many of Italy’s finest wines. Amarone, Valpolicella Superiore and Soave, along with an exciting mix of IGTs and Bordeaux blends, make for a large selection of high-quality wines. Wide stylistic differences, varying levels of quality from one estate to another and new releases that span multiple vintages (especially for Amarone) mean readers have plenty to choose from.

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2013 Brunello di Montalcino: The Throwback Vintage

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Tuscany, featured

Eric Guido, Feb 2024

The 2013 Brunellos were often misunderstood on release. The cool, extended growing season yielded aromatic, high-toned wines sparked with elevated acidity, making them immediately appealing. Could they possibly be classic? Now, ten years later, the proof is in the bottle, and 2013 has shown itself to be worthy of attention.

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Washington State 2021 and 2020: From the Frying Pan to the Fire

United States: Washington, featured

Eric Guido, Jan 2024

The smoke-plagued 2020 vintage produced wines that are significantly better than originally expected. By comparison, the 2021s show the effects of unrelenting heat and a compressed season. Despite those challenges, top producers found balance in creating opulent wines that will please a broad audience.

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Sitting Pretty: Oregon's New Release Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Beyond

featured, United States: Oregon

Eric Guido, Jan 2024

Producers in Oregon have made a remarkable comeback following the nearly non-existent 2020s, with two vintages that are stylistically yin and yang, yet are sure to win the hearts of long-time collectors.