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MAZZONI Toscana Rosso 2006 - IntoWineTV Episode 109

"Super Tuscans". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Cezar Kusik, and Rob Renteria taste and discuss MAZZONI Toscana Rosso 2006.

Michele Chiarlo Moscato D'Asti Nivole - IntoWineTV Episode 108

"Sparkling Wines" Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Cezar Kusik, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss Michele Chiarlo Moscato D'Asti Nivole.

Ca’ del Bosco Cuvee Prestige NV - IntoWineTV Episode 103

"Sparkling Wines" Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Cezar Kusik, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss Ca del Bosco Cuvee Prestige NV.

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Poderi Aldo Conterno Barbera D'Alba Conca Tre Pile 2005 - IntoWineTV Episode 98

"Piedmont Reds" Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Cezar Kusik, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the 2005 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barbera D'Alba Conca Tre Pile.

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Campo al Mare Vermentino 2008 - IntoWineTV Episode 97

"Italian Whites". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Cezar Kusik, and Rob Renteria taste and discuss the 2008 Campo al Mare Vermentino from the Bolgheri region in Italy.

Morellino di Scansano: Maremma Wine's History, Varietals, Producers, & Recommendations

The region of Tuscany makes many outstanding and well knows wines.  Intowine.com has already explored Super Tuscans,

Barolo Wine Recommendations: Best Barolos for the Money

IntoWine.com asked our panel of wine experts their recommendation for one Barolo wine worth seeking out (but which won't break the bank):

Old Barolos are my favorite dry reds in the world. The Nebbiolo grape--grown in this particular region with its special soils, climate, elevations and exposures, and made in the traditional style, with long aging in large neutral oak vessels--produces a wine that ages into something ethereal, haunting and very, very special. They also require at least 15-20 years of bottle age before the tannins sufficiently soften and the tertiary flavors really begin to develop so that all of the beauty locked up in these big, complex wines can start to be glimpsed.

The Rare Wine Co. is the best source of older Barolo in the U.S., at very fair prices, and they use my scores for the Barolos I’ve tasted that they have in inventory at any given time. Expect to pay north of $200, and generally in the $300-450 range, for a sufficiently aged beauty that will give you a real taste of what old Barolo has to offer. If money was no object, I’d personally pick up a few more bottles of one of my two all-time favorites, the 1958 Giacomo Borgogno or 1964 Giacomo Conterno.

If you’re a younger collector who has the time to acquire newer vintages on release and store them the requisite 15-20 years until they are worthy of being opened, my recommendations are to go with the great traditional producers that have the strongest track records: Bartolo Mascarello, Bruno Giacosa, Giuseppe Rinaldi, Giacomo Borgogno, Giacomo Conterno or Oddero. - Richard Jennings, IntoWine.com Featured Contributor and the Founder RJonWine.com

Lagrein: Red Wine from Italy's Alto Adige Region is Great for Winter Recipes

Near the Austrian border in northern Italy, from the region of Alto Adige comes an excellent red wine called Lagrein (pronounced la-GRINE) that really hits the spot on a winters night dinner table.  Lagrein is also the name of the grape from which it is made.  As was discussed here, the area of Alto Adige is very close to the Austrian border and has a shared history with both Italy and Austria.  Hence, the German language is spoken frequently and either or both languages may appear on a wine label.  You can find it made as both a red wine, often called Dunkel in German and Scuro in Italian, or a Rosè, called Kretzer in German or Rosato in Italian. 

Tuscany, Italy Wine Vintage Chart - Brunello

Brunello, Tuscany, Italy    
2009 90 D/H
2008 91 H
2007

Barolo, Piedmonte, Italy - Wine Vintage Chart

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Barolo, Piedmonte, Italy    
2009 90 H
2008 90 H
2007
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