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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.

The ‘Thirst Quencher’

Regular readers may know I have a soft spot for Vermentino, the Italian white. This grape thrives on Sardinia but also other Italian spots,...

A Rosé for All Seasons

So, what kind of a rosé drinker are you? Do you like a sweet sipper? Do you want it as a food wine? Do...

A Warm-Climate Red That’s Cool!

Regaleali used to be the lone Sicilian voice in the American wine market. Do you remember the Corvo brand, and especially the “Rosso Del...

Bring this Wine to the Beach!

Ask most people about Côtes Du Rhône wines and they think of red. But vibrant whites are also made, and they represent the same...

Discover the Wild Flavors of this Tuscan Cabernet

Castello d’Abola is one of the most scenic and “elevated” estates in Tuscany. Thirty minutes from Siena, their ancient vineyards are situated between 1,150-2,150...

Get More Bang for Your Buck with This Red Blend

A lifetime ago, many California estates, large and small, used to bottle what they called “Burgundy.” Today, almost nobody calls their wine that, except...

An Unapologetic, Old-School California Chardonnay

I have been following the wines of Chalk Hill Estate for almost 20 years. Of the numerous wines they produce – and experimentation has...

The Veneto’s Most Exciting Red

Amarone is the Italian Veneto region's most distinctive red wine. The “Recioto” version is the older iteration and vinified sweet. The “Amarone,” which combines...

A Toast to ‘Spring’

The wines from the Bodegas Godelia are new to me, but they’ve been creating quite a stir in the U.S. High standards, careful vinification...

Winter Lingers. Port Softens the Blow!

Just when you thought it was safe – winter rears its ugly head. Although cold weather is no prerogative to enjoying a glass of...