When Life Gives You Lemons…. Make Limoncello!

As often happens in late winter/early spring, friends showered me with their 'untreated' lemons, meaning these were the real McCoy: pure, unadulterated lemons.   So I get a 'gift' of 6 lemons here, 8 lemons there .... What to do with a fridge full of lemons? Limoncello! I peel the zest only off of 14…

I, Sommelier

It's official: Today I became a sommelier. The crowning glory of over 2 years of study with the AIS - Associazione Italiana Sommelier. It wasn't easy and it wasn't supposed to be. Memorizing grape varieties, vintages and wine-growing regions across the globe... Bad enough, Italy has 73 DOCG and over 330 DOC wines: you have to know…

Class is Not Water

Or so they say in Italian (La classe non è acqua!)  Maybe it's Brunello, or Amarone, or Chianti, or Prosecco, or Furore. See what I mean? That phrase could have been the caption for Wednesday night's super gala dinner for Le Donne del Vino (the Women of Wine Association). The event is called Finitaly, a play…

Those Boots were Made for Walking!

And that's just what they'll do. You know you are in Italy when you see fabulously dressed and hoofed women in vertigo-inducing high heels, with smiles on their faces after ten hours of balancing on stilettos.     How many Americans (or Brits, or Germans, or you-name-it-nationalities) would hoof around a trade fair like Vinitaly…

Super Tuscans!

They never cease to amaze, these Super Tuscans. I met two in my hotel here at Vinitaly. They need no introduction: Tenuta San Guido, Bolgheri, Italy. Ring a bell? Sassicaia - the Super Tuscan by definition. These people not only make Sassicaia (they invented it, for Pete's sake!), but they also make superb Sardinian wines.…

Young to Young Reaches Out

I made my way to the 1st floor of Pavillion 10 this morning to participate in a tasting. Rising above the often very crowded floors of the Vinitaly fair, one gets a different perspective on the business of wine. Serious business, this tasting of wine. This morning at 11:00, we took our places in one…

Bottega… A Boutique Bottle!

Bottega Gold... Does that ring a bell? It should. They were celebrating 15 years yesterday at Vinitaly. Stunning packaging to match the bottle contents - award-winning Prosecco DOC Spumante! Anna Pesenti is a mover and shaker and one of the Donne del Vino (Women of Wine). She loves shiny things, and was proud to show…

Vinitaly 2015 Opening Night

It's official: Vinitaly 2015 is off and running. Just like every year, the sneak preview comes with Opera Wine, the kick-off event sponsored by Wine Spectator and Vinitaly.  Held at the elegant Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Piazza Bra, it features 100 Italian vintages chosen as this year's 'Finest Italian Wines'. I like the stylized…