The Tasting Panel magazine

April 2010

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Makeover in Puglia story and photos by lana bortolo Long known as the heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia has slowly crept out of cliché and into the public imagination as a gastronomic destination for those who appreciate earthy fare. Puglia’s cuisine, like that of its northern cousin, Tuscany, has evolved; what was considered rustic is now called authentic, and simple preparations have become more inventive. Now, it’s the local wine industry’s turn for a makeover. But it’s not so much about changing up the wines as about changing people’s minds about southern Italian wine—and that includes the minds of those who make them. 112 / the tasting panel / april 2010 The color range of wines from Conti Zecca. THE WINE-RICH SOUTHERN ITALIAN REGION REVAMPS ITS SELF-IMAGE

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