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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 Real Keeper’ Rioja Red

Another year, another Campo Viejo Gran Reserva review. Yes, it’s Rioja’s largest estate, producing oceans of Tempranillo-based red. But its super-star bottling, the "Gran...

A Rich Napa Valley Red

Founded in 1983 and located south of Calistoga, Napa Valley, Clos Pegase Winery was built with architectural splendor to house owner Jan Shrem’s art...

A Bubbly for Your Valentine

Sometimes wine writers get caught up in the “what’s new” syndrome. How boring to write about the tried and true – “of course readers...

A Vegan Vineyard Offering

Organic wines? That’s old news. How about vegan wines? Not only devoid of pesticides and herbicides, but never using gelatin or egg whites (animal...

A Must-Try Cava Sparkler

Look around and you’ll see that almost every wine-producing nation now makes a bubbly. Prosecco, of course, is hot, hot, hot, and it’s not...

A Merlot That’s Never Gone Out of Style

Some wines just don’t get any respect. Or, better stated, some wines go in and out of fashion. Most of you remember when Merlot...

Try This ‘Everyday’ Red with Any Savory Dish

Today’s review comes with a twist. Even if you can’t find today’s wine, I heartily recommend that you go to your nearest wine shop...

‘A Perfect Food Wine’

As holiday bills begin to roll in, we look at a reasonably priced Cabernet Sauvignon today. Angeline, a division of Martin Ray Winery, is...

Pull Out All the Stops with this Champagne for New Year’s Eve

Why is Champagne (the real thing from the region one hour east of Paris) the gold standard? It’s not just meticulous selection, extended aging...

An Italian Rendition of the Champagne Art

Looking for a high-quality alternative to French Champagne? Many other estates within France itself, not to mention Spain, Germany, United States and even England...