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Debunking false myths about corks and horizontally stored wine bottles

If you have attended schools to become a sommelier or wine tasting courses, I am sure you have come across these precepts: “cork is best for wines that need to evolve because it breathes, while screw caps or synthetic polymer corks block oxygen.” Or: “bottles should absolutely be stored lying horizontally”. I myself professed these […]
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Does wine journalism resist? Or does even exist?

About economic sustainability and integrity of wine journalism: considerations after the Wine Media Conference 2022
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A chat with James Suckling: his story and what do Americans look for in Italian wines

Exclusive interview with James Suckling about how he has become one of the most influential wine critic in the world and why he choose Italy for his tasting headquarter
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Inside a natural cork

What’s behind a wine natural cork? Reportage of a Portugal tour to discover cork from the forest to the bottle.
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Inside a natural cork

From Portugal’s forests to the bottle When we uncork a bottle of wine, of the cork we generally care about two things: that it does not break and that it has not contributed to impair strange odors to the wine, in short, that it has held up preserving the wine without carrying the famous TCA, […]

How much does a mosaic tile matter?

The story of Musivum, the cru selection that values teamwork The small single tile in a mosaic may seem insignificant, not indispensable, when considered on its own. Yet if this principle were applied to all the small tiles, the whole mosaic would not exist, there would be no art, nor beauty to admire. So how […]

Trentino: the first wine region with an official sustainability annual report

The Trentino wine consortium is the first Italian regional territorial organization to adopt an official annual sustainability report. 5,667 Trentino grape-producing wineries have followed this challenging path
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The natural rhythm of beauty: telling about living materials, such as wine, or… wood

I went in person to visit that triangle of hills and vineyards on the border with Slovenia to observe, to know, to smell, to touch in the true sense of the word the materials, the people, the inspiration of these Italian artisans. The result was this story that I decided to publish on this blog as well, because wood and wine have in common the fact that they are living materials and continue to breathe, adapt and change throughout the process of transformation
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Wine competitions, medals and numbers: do they take away the pleasure of discovery?

In fact, I believe a good part of the pleasure for a wine lover is in the phase of research, discovery, investigation. Being curious about a new grape, looking for its history, discovering the producers who keep it alive, reading about their business and then, after this journey, finally buying and tasting that wine, will be an immense joy, a cubic joy compared to the bottle rushed from the shelf because it had one hundred stamps on the label and therefore “it must be good”. 
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