La Famiglia, and the ABC’s of Winemaking

Here at this 50th annual Vinitaly, I am reflecting on family, traditions, values, and the land that is Italy. Let's face it, this country is one of the world's most industrial, and it has a unique model to propose: the small- and medium-sized business. There are 4.4 million companies in Italy with less than 250…

Now That’s a Vintage!

When they say it's wonderful to age like a good wine, do they really contemplate a wine that is 50 years old? Today, the Donne del Vino - the Women of Wine - held a unique tasting: 10 women producers presented their wines. First, a recent vintage, something we all might buy at the wine…

Libiam, libiamo!

The people who came up with this idea of Opera Wine really were on to something. The combination of opera and wine isn't incidental: there are divas in both worlds. Great personalities, dramatic stories, love affairs, betrayals, elaborate plans, soaring emotions, figures that are somehow larger than life, exquisite beauty... All the mixings of a great opera…

Woman2Woman, Wine2Wine

When women get together, great things happen! Don't take my word for it, just take a look at what was shaking at this week's Verona super-event, Wine2Wine. When you have the chance to listen to Jancis Robinson live and up close, well, you listen! Her core message? Italy has terroir, it has geography, it has…

Wine2Wine Too!

Back in Verona for two days of conferencing about wine, trends in the market, marketing, Italian wine... It is the Wine2Wine sponsored by VeronaFiere and Vinitaly, an event for people in the field.   Sorry if the photos aren't sexy, this is serious business! It's post-vendemmia, let's-get-down-to-business planning, strategising, networking. There isn't even that much…

The Must is a Must!

It's that time of year... When driving along country roads, drinking in views of castles and spent vineyards, you reflect on the summer that was and the fall that is, and the wine that will be... And it's a time to taste the must. I know, the white looks like chicken soup, but it is going…

The Sacred and the Profane

August is a special month in Italy: the entire country closes down for about 2 weeks and it all looks like a Hollywood set -- where did all the people go? To the beach, to the mountains, but no one stays in town! It is also the start of the harvest time, and that is…