Learn About Matane
Neil and Maria Empson have been selecting
Italy"s finest wines for over thirty-six years.
In February 2007, they were joined by
their daughter, Tara Smeralda, fresh from
her studies and a course in wine tasting
at the Associazone Italiana Sommeliers.
Exactly one year later, the family visited
some friends in the Salento peninsula, the
southernmost portion of Puglia and...
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Learn About Southern Italy
Abruzzi, Puglia, & Campania
Kind of central, kind of southern, this region is best known for it's wine, Montapulciano d'Abruzzi - this wine is made from the Montelpulciano grape, unlike Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano, made with a Sangiovese clone in the region of Montelpuliciano. The Montelpulciano grape is happiest here in Abruzzi and the wine is rustic, yet soft...
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Learn About Primitivo
Kin of Zin
Recent DNA testing has shown Primitivo to possess the exact same genetic make
up as the popular California grape, Zinfandel.
Oddly enough, both varieties origins are tracked back to Croatia. And while
the grapes may be identical in theory, the wines they produce have distinct
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