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Our curated list of the most compelling winemakers from around the nation's we know best: Italy and France. Available to paid subscribers. Each profile includes comprehensive info on practices, philosophy, tasting notes on top wines and visitation info.

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Winemakers we have recently added, as well as some deemed "still essential" after a fresh review.

Timorasso has more acidity, so in a way it is also like Chenin Blanc. It is a white wine with tannin.”

–Luca Currado of Vietti on Timorasso, a specialty white-wine grape of Piedmont.

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Throughout the site we hallmark wines and wineries with icons denoting what is special about them. Here are just a few of the things we find fascinating in wine, and why. Learn more with our guide to all wine icons.

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A worldwide network of wine experts propels this magazine ... just kidding. It's mostly a passionate wine obsessive in Colorado with some help from his very, very talented friends.

Key to Our Wine Icons

– Practicing Organic
 – Certified Organic
 – Practicing Biodynamic
 – Certified Biodynamic
– Promotes Biodiversity
– Old Vines
– Heroic Viticulture
– Volcanic Soil
– Traditional Winemaking
– Clay Vessel Winemaking
– Family-Operated Winery
– Historic Winery
– Co-operative Winery
– Négociant
– Stay at Winery
– Olive Oil Producer
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