The Noblest of Wines: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Wandering through the Tuscan countryside – something everyone should do at least once in a lifetime! – one stumbles upon hilltop towns that seem frozen in time. Montepulciano is a Medieval jewel, a place where the Medici family of Florence left their mark and who could blame them?   Marvelous vistas inspire noble thoughts. Is […]

There’s Nothing Primitive about this Primitivo!

True confessions: how much do you know about wine from Puglia? Not much? Well, it’s time you learned! Puglia is Italy’s hot, up-and-coming wine region, so you’d better be prepared. This is the heel of the boot. When talking terroir, a map is a good place to start! Local varieties have fun and evocative names […]

Back for More

Hit ’em with the one-two… Having tried the Chianti DOCG new releases on Sunday, Monday it was the Gallo Nero’s turn. Chianti Classico unveiled its Anteprima vintages at the old train station, now a congress center, Stazione Leopolda in Florence. Not hard to notice the old train station structure, a tad too minimalist for my […]

Wine&Siena, Wine&Friends

Still reflecting on last weekend’s event in Siena. The fun thing about these wine events is that you see old friends and make new ones. I haven’t been to a wine event yet where I haven’t met someone new or run into someone I wish I spent more time with. For instance, these two movers […]

Wine&Siena: Small is Beautiful

This weekend in Tuscany, the 2nd annual Wine&Siena was held in this charming medieval jewel of a hilltop city that is still contained by its ancient walls. Organized by the same people who put together Merano Wine Festival, it was an opportunity to taste the bounty of the land that is Italy, both wine and […]

A Midsummer Night’s Wild Dream

Collisioni – that’s what this mega-festival in the tiny hamlet of Barolo is called. And collide you do! With people, with ideas, with tastes, with energy. Talk about bringing things together. I’d heard about Collisioni for years. I’d viewed their over-stuffed programs with skepticism: how could they lure Elton John, Sting, Mark Knopfler to this […]

The Prince of Chefs

When they invite you to a party in Portofino, you go. When they invite you to a party honoring Gualtiero Marchesi, you go. When they invite you to a party in Portofino honoring Gualtiero Marchesi, you can’t believe your good luck. The famous ‘cook’ (as he prefers to be called!), is the founder of new […]

Great Italian Wine You Can Bank On!

For those of you who don’t know it, the University of Gastronomical Sciences in Pollenzo was the world’s first university entirely dedicated to the science of Food & Wine, promoting a new, ecologically sustainable, quality-based standard that also focuses on what is right and just for producers. Founded on an idea from guru Carlo Petrini, […]

Awaiting Vinitaly…

The big 50th Annual Vinitaly is about to begin, and this is my beverage of choice these days: That great variety that is Italian wine – 440 varietals, more than 330 DOC wines, 74 DOCG – will be on display, and I am going to do my best to sip as many as I can […]

Arti-Choke Me!

On a recent jaunt to Rome, I nearly OD’d on artichokes. I know, I know, do I have no self-control? It’s just that Rome is more than the capital of Italy… It’s the capital of artichokes! The Roman dialect word for artichokes is cimaroli, also called mammole, and this tender variety is round and without […]