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.

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...

Bring This Red to Your Next Cookout

Europe was dancing in its cellars in 2015 – across the continent, from Germany to Sicily, healthy harvests prevailed. Portugal, after so-so years from...

Beat the Heat with Rosé

After three recent 100-degree days, it seems another good rosé is needed – and fast! Rosés flood today’s market, and they are not all...

A Red Wine Lover’s Rosé

Frescobaldi has been, and still is, on the cutting edge of Tuscan winemaking. Their rosé, with the odd name of Alìe (Al-YEH) has been...

‘Perfect Red for Your Summer Grilling’

Today’s wine sports a black-and-white label that could have been created on your home printer. But its boldness stands out among the colorful fare...

Raise a Glass of This Dry White Wine as Temps Rise

An unlikely place to grow grapes, the Calchaqui Valley in Argentina is located in a rocky, desert-like region of the Andes Mountains. At 5,000...

For Those Craving Red Wine in the Summer …

Rodney Strong is a brand that most people recognize on retail wine shelves. From the old days of that retired Broadway dancer who brought...

A South African Bargain Rosé

Mulderbosch is one of the easier names to pronounce when it comes to South African wine. (Try spitting out Boekenhoutskloof or Hermanuspietersfontein … )...

Not Your Average California Chardonnay

California Chardonnay receives a bum rap from some. Stereotypes exist everywhere and they need to stop. Not all California Chardonnay is big, buttery, oaky...