Seeing Stars

As a lover of good wine, I am – quite obviously – also a lover of great food. So in my meanderings around Italy, this year I decided to start making a point of visiting Michelin starred restaurants, especially those of young, up-and-coming chefs. The ones with the stars in their eyes. First stop: Umami, […]

Blue Lvnae

This Halloween, I’m reflecting on the moon and its incredible influence on us, and on agriculture. In 2018, we’ve even experienced some supermoons. Our grandfathers knew how to plant according to the moon’s cycles, and maybe we should be paying closer attention to what it’s doing to us, too. For years, I would pass through […]

Multi-Tasking, Multi-Tasting

Celebrations are always enhanced by wine, don’t you think? And nobody does it better than the Donne del Vino, or Women of Wine, the Italian association of women winemakers, enologists, sommeliers, wine shop owners, food&wine journalists. This summer I attended two events sponsored by Italian women wine makers, and let me tell you, they know […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three’s a Charm: Wine&Siena 2018

Does wine taste better when surrounded by great art? It very well may be. One thing is for sure: the 3rd annual Wine&Siena, an event organized and promoted by the Wine Hunter and the organizers of Merano Wine Festival, showcased both in a stunningly beautiful way. It’s hard to ignore Simone Martini’s exquisite fresco of […]

Amo, Amas, Castello di Ama

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream, I love, you love, we all love that Chianti from the Castle of Love that is Castello di Ama! And what a spectacular day greeted us for celebrating the latest acquisition in the vignerons’ collection of contemporary art. Starting with the drive up from nearby […]

The Architecture of Wine

It’s not just how wine is made, it’s where wine is made. And I don’t just mean terroir. The cantina is an important part of winemaking, and not always just for what’s going on in the barrels. Often the wine cellars are architectural gems. Italian Grapevine was lucky enough to visit Rocca di Frassinello last […]