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Fattoria di Sammontana Prunecchio, Ethereal Tuscan White

Kevin Peterson

The Fattoria di Sammontana property has ties that date back several centuries. However, the current operation is more accessible. Simply put, they’re farmers. Purchased by a Polish nobleman in 1867, the family is in its fourth generation of production. On the gentle slopes south of Florence, they produce this salty, leesy white with a salient splash of lemon-lime.

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Ochota Barrels & the New Australia

Kevin Peterson

Amber and Taras Ochota own 9.6 hectares tucked away in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. In their ragged corner of the world they draw inspiration from experience, relationships, and the creativity of others. Biodynamic farming in southern France. The Dead Kennedys. Their wines are natural and vibrant - worlds away from the jammy behemoths for which Australia has become known.

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La Clarine Farm: Piedi Grandi & Beyond

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From their Home Vineyard, La Clarine Farm makes the surprising Piedi Grandi, made from nebbiolo and mourvedre, two grapes that normally stand far apart, glaring at each other from across a flavor divide, but which in the hands of La Clarine Farm come together like sugar and spice, with a very pretty nose of dried fruits and a fine-grained, complex umami finish.

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Fabien Jouves and His Radical Malbec

Kevin Peterson

You may have noticed a rapping cluster of grapes demanding your attention from the shelf. Fabien Jouves' wines have landed with a splash. And as his labels announce, he's producing singular cuvées from Cahors. What you may not intuit from the cover is the care and attention to detail he pays to his vines. These bottles are worth a closer look.

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East Nashville Beer Festival 2017

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The East Nashville Beer Festival will convene at East Park this Saturday for the seventh time in as many years. In 2017, nearly half of the 48 attending breweries are local to the Nashville area, and more still come from adjacent areas like Northern Alabama, East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Kentucky. Remember when local beer meant Blackstone, Yazoo, and a handful of homebrewers?

It's fair to say that craft beer in the South — and more to the point, in Nashville — has ...

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Vino di Anna

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In 2005, Anna Martens went to Sicily with her husband Eric Narioo, who was looking for wines to import to UK. They were both immediately taken with the area. "The volcanic soils were so black," Anna said. She was smitten with beautiful old bush vines, the dramatic scenery, the abandoned vineyards.

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