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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 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...

Give Chardonnay a Chance!

I supplied wine for a "house concert” where my wife sang this past Sunday. I put out a nice selection, but couldn’t help but...

A Red That’s Sure to Impress

Thank goodness (and Argentina) for the frequently delicious reds made from the Malbec grape. Malbec still makes superb wines in the French region of...

An Attractively Named White with Flavors to Match

Left Coast Cellars is a catchy name for this 350-acre contiguous plot of land in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Winemaker Joe Wright is a man...

Have This Red Zinfandel on Hand Next Time You Fire Up the Grill

When’s the last time you drank a truly lovable glass of wine? Italian immigrants set up shop in California's Dry Creek Valley in the...

Windswept White from the Western Coast of Spain

Many of you are familiar with the Albariño grape, (Alvarinho in Portugal) that produces vibrant whites from Galicia, in the upper left-hand corner of...

‘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...