Author: James Campanini


Two cooool reds that refresh from Italy’s majestic Alto Adige/Suditrol

Coooooool climate wines? Where better to look than Italy’s Alto Adige (Suditirol), the country’s most isolated, northernmost wine-growing region whose borders touch Austria and Switzerland? Yes, the winters are cold and snowy near the Italian Swiss Alps and Dolomite mountains. Yet, most of the year there’s plenty of bright sunshine (300 days) to stimulate vines. […]


From Argentina’s Land of Malbec, Coen Wines elevates the standard with organic elegance

When Attilio Pagli arrived in Mendoza in 1992, the Italian oenologist was excited about his new consulting project: to produce high quality wines from what were believed to be old vines of sangiovese growing in Argentina’s mountainous Uco Valley. Sangiovese is Italy’s most noble red grape, used in the production of world-renowned Chianti Classico and […]

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A Cremant D’Alsace holiday? Lucien Albrecht sparkling wines deliver a classic elegance

Looking to add a spectacular sparkling wine to your holiday festivities? Here are two from longtime French producer Lucien Albrecht: Cremant d’Alsace Brut and Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose`. Both wines retail for $23 a bottle, but savvy shoppers can find discounted deals at several major outlets. In fact, the Brut Rose` is selling for $18.99 […]