A Taste of Wine

Italian wine: celebrating drinkability

You might think that with a bottle of fermented grape juice, drinkability comes as standard equipment. But, it just ain’t so. And what exactly is...

Wine scores: pointed in the wrong direction

I’ve always appreciated that the Italian-American experience, whether for survival or success, issues its own good advice. You may recall, for...

One Brunello, unmeasured

I first met Giovanna Neri, proprietor of Col di Lamo winery, on one of those raw and rainy New York days when the city takes on the monochromatic...

The enigmatic, beating heart of Carignano del Sulcis

I traveled as a guest of Consorzio Carignano del Sulcis on an educational press trip to experience the Carignano wines of Sardegna’s Sulcis region...

Polenta with tomato sauce, beans and sausage

When I think of comfort food Italian style, I think of polenta and this is the perfect time of the year for it. Not only because of the cold...

Montefalco Sagrantino: bring the wine!

Dinner guests are a-comin’. And you’re one of them. “What can I bring?” you ask. “Bring the wine!” says the host. “An interesting red would be great...

Wines of Lugana: the art of exquisite

A few items on my short list of things exquisite:Sunset off Menemsha, Martha’s Vineyard Michelangelo’s “Pietà” Musical counterpoint of JS Bach I am,...

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...