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2008 Fontana Candida Frascati – Frascati, Italy

Frascati has been around a long time. Fontana Candida is one of the oldest and biggest producers of Frascati. The region is made up of five villages near Rome where the malvasia grape grows in volcanic soils. This light-colored white wine is not the lighter style associated with many Italian whites. The Malvasia and Trebbiano blend gives nice pear and almond flavors with a surprisingly long finish. At $10, it's a great way to try a different summer wine. Read more at Howard’s blog, Grape Sense.
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2007 Castello Monaci Primitivo – Piluna, Italy

The palate shows sweet black cherries made tart with flavors of rhubarb an unripe strawberry. Oak treatment is apparent and the aftertaste slightly artificial, like licorice strings. This is juicy and simple, not bad for the cost, but a little leg-work will find better choices in the price range.
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The Gentleman of Prosecco: Remembering Antonio Carpenè Jr.

All over the world, the word Prosecco is synonymous with a fun, vibrant Italian sparkling wine, isn’t it? In America, for example, there are hundreds of thousands people who are avid fans of this Italian wine. Yet, despite its festive personality, we are in mourning for one of the great fathers of Prosecco wine. Antonio Carpenè, Jr. died on April 25, 2010 at the age of 97.
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Bardolino, Lake Garda’s Friendly Wine

Close your eyes and imagine a magical land where the sun is bright, the air is fresh and mild—even in winter—and the hills are stitched with vineyards and olive, almond, and cherry orchards. Now imagine this beauty reflected in the deepest blue of Italy’s biggest lake. This magical land exists. It’s called Bardolino.