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…

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…

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.…

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…

The Sisterhood of the Grape

Yesterday in a Liguria filled with sun, looking much like the photo below, I attended a meeting of the prestigious Italian association, Donne del Vino, which brings together producers, restaurateurs and... People like me! Journalists and writers who write about Food & Wine. Last year I was admitted to the ranks of this lovely group,…