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Inside IWM October 19-22, 2015: Hearts and Minds

Posted on | October 23, 2015 | Written by IWM Staff | No Comments

Grape vines at Tuscany's Tua Rita

Grape vines at Tuscany’s Tua Rita

Let’s begin at the ending and end at the beginning, because this week is all about appealing to hearts and minds. Julia Punj, who works at IWM Aspen, loves gin, so she wrote a post praising Sloe Gin. To win you over, she also included a trio of cocktails that feature this herbaceous liquor. John Camacho Vidal can’t tear himself away from Frappato, one of Sicilia’s emblematic wines, and his post on Valle dell’Acate’s 2014 bottling of its Frappato Vittoria will likely convince you to pick up a bottle (it’s under $22!). And Janice Cable visited Tua Rita, which she describes as the beating heart of Suvereto.

IWM’s experts were simlarly guided by their hearts and heads. Will Di Nunzio was reminded of the greatness of the wines of the Veneto, so he picked a pair of very affordable bottles from Venturini Massimino and Nicolis. Prompted by his love of Sangiovese, Michael Adler selected two very different bottlings that feature the Tuscan grape, including one value Rosso di Montepulciano. Crystal felt nostalgia about her family trips to Oregon, prompted by recent bottles from the Willamette Valley’s Soter Family Vineyards. And John Camacho Vidal found two recent Pinot Noir bottlings so compelling he had to write about them; Burgheads want to read this post.

Here’s to making choices based on what you love–especially when it comes to what’s in your glass!

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