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August 2018

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Ah, Italia! One of the world's leading producers of wine, Italy is unique among wine regions because vines are cultivated nearly everywhere in the country. We often associate Italy with red wines – Chianti, Brunello, Barolo, Valpolicella – but the country’s white wines are as diverse as their reds.   The range of Italian whites is rather staggering, and range from top quality sparkling wines, to beautifully balanced dry wines and rich dessert wines. There is certainly an Italian white for every occasion. Too often when we think about Italian whites, we think Prosecco and Pinot Grigio. While they are important to the Italian wine scene, they are not Italy’s

Most of the time, we spend each month discussing a specific varietal or region. However, this month we are going to do something a little different, but is so perfectly in line with the message of Girls on Grapes – celebrate the history of women as winemakers! Some of the world’s top winemakers are women – join us this month as we find out why. Women, as they do in most industries, have a long history of innovation in both the vineyard and the cellar for as long as wine has been made.  This month, our featured winemakers come to us from around the globe – from California to

Pinot Noir is a noble grape capable of making some of the world’s finest, most complex and longest-lived red wines. Its name is derived from the French for “black pinecone,” alluding to the tightly clustered, dark purple, somewhat pinecone-shaped bunches of grapes. The wine itself should be highly aromatic, with higher acid and lower tannins on a light and velvety palate. A red fruit profile of cherries and raspberries is the most recognizable hallmark of the varietal, but depending on age and where the grapes are grown, it can also take on more earthy, vegetal flavors. Though it can produce absolutely stunning wines, Pinot Noir is a finicky grape