A Taste of Wine

Perricone pillow talk

Her: This is going to sound pitifully shallow. Him: Go for it. Her: I like this wine. A lot, actually. But, I don’t like talking about it. Nobody has...

Savor Summer All Year Long ... Homemade "Canned" Tomatoes

You know that old Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk is buried up his neck in Tribbles? That’s what I feel like right now, because my tomato plants...

Dolcetto: Easy Drinking and Versatile

Dolcetto is an indigenous Italian grape variety from the region of Piedmont that makes traditional, easy to drink red wines of incredible versatility...

Wine, Work, Play and Love

Digital technology has made it possible for anyone to share an opinion about wine. This is not a bad thing. Nor are the many opportunities for...
Winemakers Sandro and Andrea Iacuzzi

Two impressive red wines from Friuli

As a wine region, Friuli is arguably better known for its wonderful white wines. With grape varieties such as Friulano, Malvasia Istriana, Pinot...
A native Italian wine grape that grows primarily in Sicily, Frappato does especially well in the territory of Ragusa

How to spell Frappato

The head of the traffic snake pushes out from Boston, slowly squirming its way westbound along the Massachusetts Turnpike deep into the Pilgrim state...
Genuino Del Duca, proprietario del podere Marcampo

Podere Marcampo: An Encounter with Passion

Approaching Volterra by car from the north, the countryside slowly takes on the sparse character of a lunar landscape. The panorama is at once...
Nicola Cantoni (right) owner of Fattoria Fibbiano located in Terricciola in the heart of Tuscany

Winemaker Spotlight: Nicola Cantoni of Fattoria Fibbiano

Winemaker Nicola Cantoni has a handshake you remember. His grip communicates his sturdy frame, giving one the sense that he is rooted to the ground...
Gragnano is gently sparkling, low in alcohol, perfumed of violets, with a distinct taste of grapes and nuances of berries

Gragnano: All In My Brain Remix

When psychedelic rock great Jimi Hendrix wrote “Purple haze, all in my brain “, I am pretty sure that the distinctive pomegranate-toned foam of...
Along La Strada del Sagrantino in the Heart of Italy’s Green Heart (Part One)

Along La Strada del Sagrantino in the Heart of Italy’s Green Heart (Part One)

It was poet Giosuè Carducci who gave Umbria the title, “green heart of Italy”. And for good reason… Umbria truly is a lush, verdant region literally...
Nebbiolo, the Valtellina's wine

Nebbiolo, the Valtellina's wine

The perfect harmony of Valtellina's mountains produces a native wine famous worldwide, called Nebbiolo. Valtellina's vineyards are considered a...
Schiava makes lighter colored, lighter bodied wines, pleasantly fresh, with notes of tart red fruit, almond and flowers. Photo by eos04566

Appreciating Schiava: Light, Red, and Uncomplicated

Resting a splitting axe against my hip, I loosen the cowhide gloves. Two and one half cords of wood are split and stacked. The cool air and exercise...
These days, Molinara grape variety, which can bring a Pinot Noir-like lightness to the wines, seems to be conspicuously missing from the blends many producers use to make Valpolicella and Amarone wines

Who Moved the Molinara?

One of the first things about Italian wine which I recall committing to memory is the quartet of grape varieties which could comprise the classic...
Centennial kickoff ribbon cutting by Steve Riboli. Photo Courtesy of San Antonio Winery

San Antonio Winery’s 100 years of palatable delights

On October 13th, San Antonio Winery, kicked off its 100th anniversary on its historic location in Downtown L.A. – once in the heart of the city’s...
Pisa is fast becoming an essential reference point for Tuscan wine, indeed for Italian wine. ©Elisa Bosco

Italian Wine: Great Potential of Pisa

Wines from the hills around Pisa made it solidly onto my radar in 2015 after a luncheon in New York with wine producers Matteo Cantoni and Luca...

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