For The First Time In Forever

The world of wine offers many first times: new flavors, new aromas, new colors… Truth to be told, every new encounter with an unknown bottle is a first time. And how many first times at Vinitaly, the main Italian wine fair! This was actually my third Vinitaly, but the 2018 edition had many first times […]

A Question of Taste: Varvaglione 1921

Varvaglione 1921, Puglia’s fastest growing winery, knows that it’s a question of taste, and amply demonstrated it at their event A Question of Taste held at Borgo Egnazia April 20-22, 2018. The best of Puglia was on display, accompanied by a gamma of their wines, featuring for the most part native grape varieties. From Primitivo […]

Roaring Roero

Roero may not be a name on everybody’s lips, but it is certainly the Italian area with the most roaring name. Try practicing the difficult Italian ‘R’ sound: Roero! Along with the Langhe and Monferrato, Roero is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Vineyard Landscapes of Piedmont. Roero takes its name from a noble […]

Up and Coming: Young to Young Vinitaly 2018

Young to Young, led by the journalists Paolo Massobrio and Marco Gatti of Il Golosario has become an annual appointment for me at Vinitaly. It’s a way to get to know up-and-coming producers, those under 40, who are doing good and interesting things in the vineyards. And it helps bring the good news to our […]

The Magic of Very Old Vines

The national association of Le Donne del Vino – the Women of Wine – today presented a special tasting on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the association’s founding: wines made from very old vines. That means even 80-year-old vines, and sometimes even older! You knew that some wines improve with age, but did […]

Stars and Stripes Forever!

Get the party started! Wine Spectator‘s mega-event kick-off to Vinitaly, Opera Wine, is a feel-good event that showcases Italy’s Top 100 wines (which for some reason, this year were 107!) Maybe because it was the 7th annual Opera Wine? The event sported an oddly American stars-and-stripes theme. Crank up the volume, because this blog post has […]

Countdown Vinitaly: Time to Detox!

Breaking with tradition: we are not going to talk about wine. This is the Lent period in preparation for Vinitaly: time to give things up, purify, detox, and get ready for the biggest wine event in Italy, held every year in Verona. This year, from Sunday, April 15 to Wednesday, April 18, tens of thousands […]

Holy Cow, Holy Wine! Sagrantino

In Italian they say ‘finire in bellezza‘ and that is exactly what we did, ending up the season of new release tastings in front of Benozzo Gozzoli’s magnificent frescoes in Montefalco. Such beauty! It’s taken me over a week to recover! Just adore St. Francis driving the demons out of Arezzo! Benozzo was busy, between […]

A Tuscan Hotbed

Between Wine&Siena in January, and the Tuscan anteprima medley in February, things  really heat up here in Tuscany in the wintertime. I have tasted my heart out at Chianti Lovers, Chianti Classico Collection, skipping  Benvenuto Brunello (where it seems it was rather hard to get in this year) and the Vino Nobile anteprima in Montepulciano. […]

50 Shades of Red… and Even Some Blue

The Tuscan anteprima week is by now an appointment not to be missed for Chianti lovers and wine lovers in general. The event for Chianti DOCG, held at Fortezza da Basso, this year saw more than 4000 people flock to sample what the over 100 producers present had to offer. Getting up early is a […]