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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.

9 Fantastic Options for the Red Wine Lover on Your Holiday Shopping List

With the holidays come lists of wines to recommend as gifts. I think that most any red wine lover would welcome a first-rate California...

A Prosecco Worthy of Its Name

If by any chance your first reaction to Prosecco was “meh,” you were probably drinking one of the “sell it now while the gettin's...

A Red That has ‘the Soul of the Old World’

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Hearty Red Zin for Your Turkey Day

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A ‘Classic’ California Pinot Noir for Thanksgiving

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A Chardonnay That’s Perfect for Pasta

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A Perfect Red for Cooler Weather

People in the know are excited about the 2015 vintage in Europe. Almost every region has reported a superior growing season. But this is...

A Top Drawer Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley

2014 was such a wonderful year for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The structure, pinpoint texture and focused flavors of this vintage year are definitely...

Find Pleasure in This Pinot Noir

New Zealand produces Sauvignon Blanc that is different and original. It has consequently shaken up the wine world. Their success with Pinot Noir also...

An Impressive, Rich Red from Abruzzo

This one snuck up on me. My first thought was, this is a wine reaching for the bleachers without the goods to back it...