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Arturo Ciompi

Arturo Ciompi
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Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.

A South African Bargain Rosé

Mulderbosch is one of the easier names to pronounce when it comes to South African wine. (Try spitting out Boekenhoutskloof or Hermanuspietersfontein … )...

Not Your Average California Chardonnay

California Chardonnay receives a bum rap from some. Stereotypes exist everywhere and they need to stop. Not all California Chardonnay is big, buttery, oaky...

The Trifecta of Dry Creek Vineyard

I have written often about Dry Creek Vineyard, located in the Dry Creek AVA (American Viticultural Area) of Sonoma County. These fine people are...

This Refreshing Hungarian White Makes an Excellent Table Wine

Most people don’t give Hungarian wine a second thought. If they are familiar with them at all, it has to do with a sweet...

Roll With This Grecian Red

The ancient vineyards of Greece still have secrets to tell. The area of Corinthia, Nemea, with vineyards 3,400 feet in elevation, produces a refined,...

Start the Rosé Season Off Right

Rosé season is upon us, and instant pleasure factor takes center stage on these increasingly popular “light reds." But just as every winery in...

A Bracing Albariño for the Coming Hot Weather

It’s no secret that the Albariño grape, from the northwestern Spanish province of Galicia, is a top choice for accompanying seafood. And it’s especially...

A Red That’ll Get Better with Age

Most people will never taste Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 or their S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings – they go for well over $100...

A Wine Worthy of a Special Search

Most people don’t think much about aging white wines. Of course there are wonderful exceptions; predominantly white Burgundies, Alsace whites and the great Mosel...

‘Good Value Bet for Summer Cookouts’

Concannon Vineyard was built in 1883 in the Livermore Valley, east of San Francisco Bay. Life and grape growing was simpler then. But Petite...