Donnachiara

Donnachiara Irpinia Aglianico 2017 and Aletheia Greco di Tufo 2018In a recent Zoom tasting, we were introduced to Donnachiara Winery, located in the province of Avelino on volcanic soils on the slopes of Montafalcione, Italy. Specifically, the winery is in the Irpinia appellation in the Campania region of southern Italy. Vineyards in Fiano di Avellino source the four most important grapes of the area: Greco, Fiano, Falanghina, and Agilanico. Notably, we tasted two wines and met CEO Ilaria Petitto in a Wine Studio education program. Read on for more information on these wines, which are available at Total Wine in the US.
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Thanksgiving Wines 2020

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and this year looks a lot different than in the past. The pandemic means less travel, with many people, including us, celebrating the holiday at home. Some will have Zoom calls with family and friends. Or some might even brave the cold weather for a social-distancing happy hour outside. What wine will you open to enjoy at happy hour, and with your Thanksgiving turkey and sides? Do you know yet? If not, read on for some suggestions.
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Lugana Lovers

Lugana Wine from Turbiana grapeWe admit it. We had never heard of the Lugana wine region in Italy or the Turbiana grape until last month. And now, we can’t get enough of it. Lugana Turbiana checks all our boxes for beautiful white wine – mineral-driven, elegant and complex, with citrus, salinity and good acidity.

Lugana Turbiana wines shine with personality and character in every single sip. They are age-worthy, unique, food friendly and wallet friendly. Thanks to an educational program called Wine Studio, we are now Lugana lovers. Read on to learn more about the region and the delicious white wine that we have come to love.

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Warm Weather Whites

With the warm days easing into summer heat, an array of white wines have caught our attention. Overall, these are super summer sippers to pair with your patio or deck, poolside or lakeside. They also complement fish, crab, scallops, oysters, shrimp, prawns, sushi or a tasty summer salad.

Until recently, our palates preferred Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio. However, this year we discovered beautiful wines ranging from the unusual white Cabernet Franc (Blanc Franc) to the wallet-friendly Turbiana grape from Lugana, Italy.

Most importantly, there are so many wonderful wines to explore this summer. For example, here are some that we have tasted from Washington state, Oregon, British Columbia, Italy, France, Iberia and New Zealand.

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