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, […]

The Culture of Wine Part II: Masi Agricola

Talk about brand recognition! Masi‘s unmistakable label is synonymous with Amarone. The Boscaini family, with papà Sandro at the helm – but also Sandro’s children Alessandra and Raffaele, not to forget brothers Bruno and Mario – are giving back in spades! Their devotion to culture equals their passion for great wine. For seven generations this […]

To Life, To Life, L’Chaim!

Today I participated in the Young to Young tasting for up-and-coming winemakers. It was a morning filled with emotions. Three heavy hitters: a Brunello di Montalcino, a Barolo and an Amarone. All this before noon! At this 50th annual Vinitaly, we’ve been talking about traditions and family and the land (more than the ‘terroir’). This […]

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 […]

Even the Sommeliers…

Celebrate, good times, come on! The Genoa chapter of the Italian Association of Sommeliers (AIS) held its annual Christmas Party in Palazzo Imperiale’s prestigious Salone delle Feste (if the building is called the ‘Imperial Palace’ and the room is ‘the big room of parties’, how can you go wrong? You can’t!) As long as it’s on […]

Expo Exposé

“You did it! You did it! You said that you would do it, and indeed you did!” as they sing in My Fair Lady. The doubts were many, skepticism abounded. The challenges were remarkable, and yet… the Milan Expo 2015 was a success. Come on, it was! Millions of people visited, the message of ‘Feed the Planet’ […]

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 […]