joel mack

Five Italian reds to pair with fish

Standing on a train platform in Munich, S-Bahn trains clatter by me toward their destinations, one after the other, in a blur of alternating color:...

Alto Adige Whites: Simple

Prelude: Tonight, my wife caught me with my hands all over Fiona. That’s what we call our refrigerator. Fiona Frigidaire, actually. Caught in the act...

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...

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...

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...

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