Learn About Villa Russiz
The story begins in 1869, when French count Theodore de La Tour married an Austrian countess (Collio was then part of Austria), purchased this estate, and planted, for the first time in the area, authentic French rootstock. Times and frontiers changed: after the First World War, Austria relinquished the region to victorious Italy, and the widowed Austrian comtesse donated the...
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Learn About Friuli-Venezia Giulia
(free-oo-lee veh-netz-ee-ah gwee-yee-ah)
The furthest east of the Tre-Venezie, Friuli-Venezia Giulia (usually just called Friuli) is celebrated for its zingy and zesty whites. Hugging the alps and the Austrian border, the climate here is cool and the vines are planted on the hillsides, allowing for more sun exposure. The cool temperatures of the region result in the lively...
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Learn About Merlot
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...
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