August 2015

Unknown Grapes: Aglianico

aglianico

Away from all the hype of northern and central Italy, the reds of the south offer much more value, if not flavour. Near the slopes of Mt. Vulture and its volcano, the provinces of Campania and Basilicata offer an incredible red wine of DOCG status made with Aglianico grapes. Here, the powerful wines of Taurasi and Aglianico del Vulture are made. (more…)

Unknown Grapes: Xinomavro

xinomavro

I know, I know. French and Italian grapes are hard enough to pronounce, so how are you supposed to figure out Xinomavro? Adventurers are always rewarded, and wine is no exception. This virtually unknown red Greek grape is making serious waves for its very affordable impersonation of a famous Italian grape. (more…)