Fave e Cicorie visits Cantele

On their about page, Pete and Sabino — authors of the wonderful blog Fave e Cicorie — invite their readers to follow along as they “eat cheese irresponsibly, get lost in the country, meet the amazing wine makers of Puglia, hunt truffles and goodness knows what else…” “This is definitely one trip where what happens […]

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Fiano, the mysterious grape of Apulia

Fiano is considered one of the most interesting and prestigious grapes of Southern Italy and like many of the grape varieties of our region, Fiano’s origins are veiled in myster. “Our” Fiano has been around since the 1600s, when it would completely confuse scholars and ampelographers who attempted to give it its own identity. Of […]

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Restaurant tales: why I love Cantele Salice Salentino by @DoBianchi

As curator of the Cantele English-language blog, I’ve been posting about Puglia, background on the grapes, wines, and appellations, accolades that appear in English-language media, and translations of posts from the estate’s Italian-language blog… and occasionally, I post my own thoughts, reflections, and observations about the wines. The following is one of the latter… Thanks […]

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Primitivo: a little history

Apulia (Puglia) and Primitivo have long been associated. It has a history that is as colorful as its flavor profile and it makes red wines that have helped bring attention to the region for their uniqueness and approachability. Primitivo and Zinfandel, as it is known famously in California, are genetically identical. Much research has been […]

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Primitivo vs. Zinfandel? Everyone is a winner

“I sometimes hear customers say that they like a fruit driven wine,” writes Val, a wine consultant at Wine & More in Wareham MA. “But Zinfandel is too fruity and intense for their palate. If you feel this way too, the good news is that you don’t have to give up on the fruity lusciousness […]

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