joel mack

Dolcetto: Easy Drinking and Versatile

Dolcetto is an indigenous Italian grape variety from the region of Piedmont that makes traditional, easy to drink red wines of incredible versatility...

Wine, Work, Play and Love

Digital technology has made it possible for anyone to share an opinion about wine. This is not a bad thing. Nor are the many opportunities for...
Winemakers Sandro and Andrea Iacuzzi

Two impressive red wines from Friuli

As a wine region, Friuli is arguably better known for its wonderful white wines. With grape varieties such as Friulano, Malvasia Istriana, Pinot...
A native Italian wine grape that grows primarily in Sicily, Frappato does especially well in the territory of Ragusa

How to spell Frappato

The head of the traffic snake pushes out from Boston, slowly squirming its way westbound along the Massachusetts Turnpike deep into the Pilgrim state...
Genuino Del Duca, proprietario del podere Marcampo

Podere Marcampo: An Encounter with Passion

Approaching Volterra by car from the north, the countryside slowly takes on the sparse character of a lunar landscape. The panorama is at once...
Grignolino, Schiava, Soave, Nosiola, and Lambrusco are five favorite Italian wines picks sure to compliment any picnic basket

Five Fav Italian Wine Picks for the Picnic Basket

Inspired by a few days of near 70 degree temperatures, I am geared up to shift focus from snow boots to picnics as fairer weather begins to make its...
Nicola Cantoni (right) owner of Fattoria Fibbiano located in Terricciola in the heart of Tuscany

Winemaker Spotlight: Nicola Cantoni of Fattoria Fibbiano

Winemaker Nicola Cantoni has a handshake you remember. His grip communicates his sturdy frame, giving one the sense that he is rooted to the ground...
Gragnano is gently sparkling, low in alcohol, perfumed of violets, with a distinct taste of grapes and nuances of berries

Gragnano: All In My Brain Remix

When psychedelic rock great Jimi Hendrix wrote “Purple haze, all in my brain “, I am pretty sure that the distinctive pomegranate-toned foam of...
Schiava makes lighter colored, lighter bodied wines, pleasantly fresh, with notes of tart red fruit, almond and flowers. Photo by eos04566

Appreciating Schiava: Light, Red, and Uncomplicated

Resting a splitting axe against my hip, I loosen the cowhide gloves. Two and one half cords of wood are split and stacked. The cool air and exercise...
Pinot Grigio – a color mutation of Pinot Noir, by the way – grown in the cool area of northeastern Italy — Photo by luckybusiness

Pinot Grigio: You Never Really Get Over It

In Kai Yuan Road, nearby to where the old ferry leaves from Xiamen to Gulangyu Island, You Sheng, a man perpetually dressed head to toe in white,...

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