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Vigne Surrau: Sardinian Winery Fusing Nature and Art

Whatever membrane exists between this life and the universal mystery is palpably thin in Sardinia’s Gallura: ancient nuraghi, megalithic monuments...
Ginevra Venerosi, principal and winemaker at Tenuta di Ghizzano

One-on-One with Tuscan Winemaker Ginevra Venerosi

I recently caught up with award-winning Tuscan winemaker Ginevra Venerosi at a local New York trattoria to taste and talk about the wines of her...
The legendary enologist and consultant Giacomo Tachis

Giacomo Tachis, Remembrance of the Italian Wine Legend

On Saturday February 6th, 2016 the Italian wine world lost a legend. Giacomo Tachis, a legendary enologist and consultant to many Italian wineries...
Prosecco the most popular sparkling wine in the US

Prosecco is the most popular sparkling wine in the US

An increase in Prosecco sales of more than a third in the US is driving healthy growth in the Italian sparkling wine market, experts have said. Sales...
Red wine and turkey

Simplify Wines On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving strikes fear in just about every host. Preparing a giant bird is a herculean task. Cooking gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce is...
Italian wines star in Wine Spectator's Top 100

Italian wines star in Wine Spectator's Top 100

Each year since 1988, Wine Spectator has released its Top 100 list, where editors select the best wines from the thousands they reviewed during the...
Italian producers beat French ones for wine production

Italian producers beat French ones to wine production

Italy has outstripped France and became the world's biggest producer of wine in 2015 according to European Commission estimates. This year Italian...
How Scientists Are trying to Save The Most Ancient Grapes From Pantelleria

How Scientists Are trying to Save The Most Ancient Grapes From Pantelleria

In the Sicilian island of Pantelleria, vineyard workers are today harvesting a variety of Zibibbo grapes which can go through extinction soon. Most...
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Italian September harvest: a tradition with roots in a Greek myth

In Greek mythology, Dionysus was the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and religious ecstasy. He was also known as...
Summer in Tuscany, Fried flowers, Tuscan rosé wine, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Summer in Tuscany: Fried flowers and leaves with a sustainable Tuscan rosé wine

There are many things about summer in Tuscany that are similar to the summers where I used to live (14 years ago) in California, but today I want to...
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Trading a desk job for one in the vineyards: Shane Finley, William Allen, Hardy Wallace

Finding Shane Finley was easy. Via email, we planned to meet for lunch at Bourbon Steak in Washington, D.C., a restaurant that's housed at the Four...
Wining with Frank Mangio, Italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Learning the Wining tradition with Frank Mangio around California

Frank Mangio loves his job. First of all, he describes his office as a "cozy wine bar," complete with overstuffed furniture, walls covered with...
Consumer Revolution, Wine, CellarTracker, Eric LeVine, Robert Parker

A Consumer Revolution in Wine

“This democratization of wine is great,” asserted Jancis Robinson, one of the world’s leading wine authorities, over coffee one recent morning...
Big Love, Big Champagne,  italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Big Love for Big Champagne

Wine writers love explaining why Champagne and other sparkling wines deserve a spot at the dinner table all year long. Good sparklers are...
Glen Carlou, a winery in Paarl, South Africa

For Value, Avoid the Familiar

'Tis the season to party. With 2014 just a few weeks away, holiday party season is in full swing. So hosts everywhere are assembling menus, fretting...