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Taste your way to an education in Italian wines (like I did)

By Jim Campanini
If you are truly interested in developing your global wine acumen, there’s no better way to start than with the Wine Scholar Guild’s Italian Wine Scholar program that begins Saturday, Oct. 13.
My mentor , Jo-Ann Ross, will be teaching Unit 1 on Northern Italian wines, which covers Piedmont, Trentino, Alto Adige and Val
D’Aosta.
I began my Italian studies with this class two years ago, and it was exceptional. I met wonderful people in the wine trade, restaurant owners and chefs, sommeliers, and young and older professionals who love wine.
We studied the different Italian regions — their customs and history — and learned about the unique native grapes and distinctive wine-making styles that have given Italy top-tier status with other global producers ...
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Bixio Poderi’s brave new world of Italian reds

Elisa Bixio pours the winery's Amarone at the Boston Wine Expo.

Elisa Bixio pours the winery’s Amarone at the Boston Wine Expo.

If I had to select a Best of Show at the recent 2016 Boston Wine Expo, it would be Bixio Poderi, a small family owned winery (7.2 acres of vineyards) located in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico zone in Italy’s Veneto region.
In truth, I sampled less than 3 percent of the 800 wines exhibited in the Grand Tasting Ballroom. But my strategy is sound: taste new products and stay sober. As to the former, Bixio had the edge.
Unfortunately, Bixio wines are produced in limited quantities and do not have a major U.S. distributor. Elisa Bixio, daughter of innovative winemaker Emilio Bixio, told me that could change in the near future as the wines gain exposure.
Poderi's Nero D'Arcole and Passonero blend Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon into a high art form, ala amarone-style.

Poderi’s Nero D’Arcole and Passonero blend Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon...

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Carignano del Sulcis: Sardinia’s hidden gems

The deep garnet color of Carignano del Sulcis wines from Sardinia are extraordinarly beautiful.

The deep garnet color of Carignano del Sulcis wines from Sardinia is extraordinarly beautiful.

Dottore Marco Santarelli looks like a young Italian actor, more suited to making movies than growing grapes. But the 32-year-old enologist is serious about his craft — winemaker for the Santadi winery in Sardinia’s Carignano del Sulcis region.

Santadi winemaker Marco Santarelli says crafting a good base wine is key to success.

Santadi winemaker Marco Santarelli says crafting a good base wine is key to success.

“Winemaking is very easy if the grapes grow clean,” says Santarelli, noting the less interference from the hand of man, the better. “Ah, but they can’t be ignored,” he continues. “You have to talk to the plants. That is the secret.”

Santarelli does a lot of talking in the Sulcis, a beautiful, remote region in the southwest corner of the Mediterranean’s second largest island...

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Carignano del Sulcis: Sardinia's hidden gems

The deep garnet color of Carignano del Sulcis wines from Sardinia are extraordinarly beautiful.

The deep garnet color of Carignano del Sulcis wines from Sardinia is extraordinarly beautiful.

Dottore Marco Santarelli looks like a young Italian actor, more suited to making movies than growing grapes. But the 32-year-old enologist is serious about his craft — winemaker for the Santadi winery in Sardinia’s Carignano del Sulcis region.

Santadi winemaker Marco Santarelli says crafting a good base wine is key to success.

Santadi winemaker Marco Santarelli says crafting a good base wine is key to success.

“Winemaking is very easy if the grapes grow clean,” says Santarelli, noting the less interference from the hand of man, the better. “Ah, but they can’t be ignored,” he continues. “You have to talk to the plants. That is the secret.”

Santarelli does a lot of talking in the Sulcis, a beautiful, remote region in the southwest corner of the Mediterranean’s second largest island...

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