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.

Henriot Brut Souverain: A Commanding Wine

I usually wait until the holidays to recommend Champagne. But as Fats Waller used to sing: “Everyday’s a holiday since the day that I...

Lightning in a Bottle

Those who know me well are aware that I have a “soft” spot for Chenin Blanc. And maybe that word is the key. There’s...

Still Summer Lovin’? Try This Wine!

In the South, we know that summer-like weather usually persists through October. Therefore all manner of seafood, fresh from the coast, is always a...

The Meat Lovers’ Choice

Some of you may be familiar with “Bistecca Fiorentina,” Italy’s version of Kobe beef. Both these items have one thing in common: Neither country...

Old-School Oakville Cab

“What’s new?“ seems to be the talisman for all California wineries; blink, and you’ll miss the latest showstopper estate – with a price to...

A Sparkling Perennial Pleaser

What better wine thought after Labor Day than a hard-working, domestic sparkler, this one a California bubbly of class and color? The big news...

Try this Unique, Italian Hillside White!

Located in Collio, a province of Italy north of Venice and bordering Slovenia, the quality of Villa Russiz white wines goes from strength to...

Merlot from Greece? Eureka!

Many of you are familiar with the term “Super Tuscan”: Italian wines that include Bordeaux-origin grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Well, the...

An Outstanding Rosé for the Heat Ahead!

We’ve got at least six more weeks of rosé-inspiring weather (and probably more). Here’s a French rosé that is so very well made –...

A Red Sparkler from Italia!

Who doesn’t like a good bubbly on a hot afternoon or evening? But have you ever tried a true red wine bubbly – one...