La Famiglia, and the ABC’s of Winemaking

Here at this 50th annual Vinitaly, I am reflecting on family, traditions, values, and the land that is Italy. Let's face it, this country is one of the world's most industrial, and it has a unique model to propose: the small- and medium-sized business. There are 4.4 million companies in Italy with less than 250…

A Presidential Inauguration

The 50th annual Vinitaly was inaugurated yesterday by none other than the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella. Italians love all the pomp and circumstance of ribbon cutting and speeches. Yesterday, it was standing room only to hear what the President and Minister of Agriculture had to say. The people were fighting to get in: Sunday…

Now That’s a Vintage!

When they say it's wonderful to age like a good wine, do they really contemplate a wine that is 50 years old? Today, the Donne del Vino - the Women of Wine - held a unique tasting: 10 women producers presented their wines. First, a recent vintage, something we all might buy at the wine…

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…

Under the Siena Sun

Meandering through Tuscany in the almost-springtime is something I suggest everyone do at some point in their lives. I was in Siena the other day, exploring a place called the Enoteca Italiana. While I've been to Siena more times than I can count, I'd never found my way into this shrine to wine. Founded in…

Super Tuscan Superstar

Stars are born, and stars are made. Lucky us, to have lived to see the meteoric passing of winemaker Giacomo Tachis who died last week at the age of 82 in San Casciano Val di Pesa outside Florence. Crazy thing is, I'd passed through San Casciano myself, just two days earlier. I never had the pleasure of…

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…

Che mondo sarebbe senza Nutella? or A world without Italy?

When we were children, there was an ad: Che mondo sarebbe senza Nutella? Would it be a world worth living in? I guess the question I want to ask, along with the fabulous planners of the Italian Pavilion at Expo, is: Is that even conceivable? A visit to the Milan Expo - which, by the…