Authors Posts by Arturo Ciompi

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.

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...

A Refreshing, Dry White from Napa Valley

Most of you know the story of Robert Mondavi’s trip to France’s Loire Valley, where he fell in love with the wines of Pouilly-Fumé....

A Go-To Red for Fall Fare

I was telling my wife last night: "I would bet a tidy sum that I could identify a classic Rioja red tasting blindly." There’s...

A Bottle Full of Surprises

For years we’ve read about Trebbiano being an innocuous grape, devoid of character, the grape of endless Italian “biancos” from all over the country....

Put Your Faith in This Fascinating Wine

Many of you are familiar with the bargain rosé produced by Mulderbosch Vineyards of South Africa. But among their other releases is a fascinating...

A Red That’s Sure to Tickle Your Taste Buds

Tempranillo is the truly great indigenous red grape of Spain. Also known as Cencibel, Ull de Llebre and Tinta del Pais, it shines in...

A Wine Best Served Cold

I believe that Sicily is in contention for the most exciting wines being produced since the dawn of the 21st century. Sicily is being...

An ‘Elbow-Bending’ Cab Sauv

So many red wines are proud of being “impenetrable" these days. You know what I mean: thick, opaque, mouth-numbingly challenging to enjoy. Don’t misunderstand,...

A Sumptuous Italian Red

Today’s wine is “Lucente,” the second label of the "Luce Delle Vite" estate. “Luce" is an expensive, no-holds-barred “super Tuscan,” with grapes grown high...