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Introducing Cantine Pellegrino of Sicily

The story of Cantine Pellegrino began in 1880, when Paolo Pellegrino, a passionate wine grower, founded the winery destined to become one of the most important in Sicily. By this time, there were a few wineries in Marsala but only one opened by another Sicilian – Florio Winery a few miles down the road from Pellegrino. Paolo had a vision for Marsala wine that would push him and generations of his family to shape Sicilian wine …

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We just got back from the Rhone Valley

We just got back from the Rhone Valley

For our third tasting pack, we ventured to the revered home of Syrah and the GSM blend - the Rhone Valley in southern France. We visited 30 wineries and tasted more than 200 wines to find the six wines for the Rhone Valley Tasting pack, including a beautifully cellared Chateauneuf du pape from 2001, another from 2007 and a mature and funky 2006 vintage Cote Rotie …

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Marsala: Sicily's most famous wine

For centuries, Sicily’s most famous wine has been Marsala. You may be more familiar with chicken marsala than high quality Marsala wine, but there was a time when this wine produced on the west coast was the equal of Sherry and Madeira, and maybe even Port …

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The Italian DOC appellation system

Like most countries in the Old World, Italy has an appellation system designed to give consumers certainty about the authenticity of a product. This concept is much broader than wine – it applies to cheeses, apples and many other agricultural products too. These systems are being standardised across the EU …

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Zinfandel vine

Zinfandel: The Italian myth is busted

Zinfandel was long thought to have been imported from Italy (where it is called Primitivo) by a Californian winemaker in the late 1800s. This tale, created by a winemaker to market their wines, was accepted for so long that it passed as fact for almost a century …

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Introducing Peay Vineyards of California

When we accepted Nick Peay’s offer of a vineyard tour, we had no idea just how remote the property was. From the edge of the Sonoma Valley near Lake Sonoma (about 120km north of San Francisco), the 50km drive through the heavily wooded hills takes a good 90 minutes. Peering over the edge of the ravines that the road snakes through, we were dodging deer and squirrels as they darted across the narrow road …

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California Appellation Map

The AVA appellation system

The American Viticultural Area system is the USA equivalent of the French AOC appellation system. As you’d expect of a younger winegrowing country, the American model affords winemakers substantially more freedom to experiment than their European counterparts …

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