Editor's Note: Italian wine columnist Lizzy Tosi takes us on a journey to ground-zero of grape production: the internationally-known vineyard nursery where next year's vines are grown and propagated. Some grapes are native to the area, and others have been brought in from other localities because they are on the cusp of popularity in new regions. Seeing what is growing in this cooperative farm today shows us what is going to be in our wineglasses five years or more in the future. –Becky Sue Epstein, Editor
Red, warm, velvety, full bodied: this is, generally speaking, the identity card of Amarone della Valpolicella, one of the most esteemed Italian wines in the world.
There will be no more Brunello di Montalcino Soldera until 2019.
Once upon a time, there was a young Italian nobleman who loved two things: racehorses and French wines.
Almost all Italian wine regions have a wonderful tradition of “medicinal wine” used to restore strength to new mothers, to accelerate healing in those who are suffering from a bad flu, and to nourish old people.