A Taste of Wine

A native Italian wine grape that grows primarily in Sicily, Frappato does especially well in the territory of Ragusa

How to spell Frappato

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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...
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...
Along La Strada del Sagrantino in the Heart of Italy’s Green Heart (Part One)

Along La Strada del Sagrantino in the Heart of Italy’s Green Heart (Part One)

It was poet Giosuè Carducci who gave Umbria the title, “green heart of Italy”. And for good reason… Umbria truly is a lush, verdant region literally...
Nebbiolo, the Valtellina's wine

Nebbiolo, the Valtellina's wine

The perfect harmony of Valtellina's mountains produces a native wine famous worldwide, called Nebbiolo. Valtellina's vineyards are considered a...
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

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These days, Molinara grape variety, which can bring a Pinot Noir-like lightness to the wines, seems to be conspicuously missing from the blends many producers use to make Valpolicella and Amarone wines

Who Moved the Molinara?

One of the first things about Italian wine which I recall committing to memory is the quartet of grape varieties which could comprise the classic...
Centennial kickoff ribbon cutting by Steve Riboli. Photo Courtesy of San Antonio Winery

San Antonio Winery’s 100 years of palatable delights

On October 13th, San Antonio Winery, kicked off its 100th anniversary on its historic location in Downtown L.A. – once in the heart of the city’s...
Pisa is fast becoming an essential reference point for Tuscan wine, indeed for Italian wine. ©Elisa Bosco

Italian Wine: Great Potential of Pisa

Wines from the hills around Pisa made it solidly onto my radar in 2015 after a luncheon in New York with wine producers Matteo Cantoni and Luca...
The Vallana winery is located in Alto Piedmont

Nebbiolo: Getting Beyond Langhe

I enjoy and appreciate Barolo and Barbaresco, the oft-referred to King and Queen of Italian wines, just as much as the next guy. Nebbiolo, the native...
Carefully stored, high quality Nero d'Avola may maintain its quality for up to twenty years after bottling

Limelight for Nero d’Avola

Conversation about Sicilian wines so often leans toward the island’s well regarded white wines. Sicily’s white wines can indeed be wonderful. But,...
Sparkling Italian wines with their characteristic fruitiness, perhaps a touch of residual sugar, low to moderate alcohol, good acidity and low tannins marry well with Sriracha's heat and background flavors

Feelin’ the Heat: Sparkling Italian Wines for the Sriracha Addicted

Ubiquitous dousing of the stuff upon chicken wings, unrestrained squirtings over international food plates, smothering squeezes atop gourmet burgers...
A basket of “zaletti” and other traditional Venetian biscotti greets guests on the Eolo. Credit: Copyright Paolo Destefanis, www.paolodestefanis.com for Veneto: Authentic Recipes From Venice and the Italian Northeast, by Julia della Croce

Venice in a Cookie

My idea of supper in Venice is eating at a finely set table on-board a flat-bottom boat enjoying the calm, cool quiet of the lagoon after a day of...
Grilled peach, prosciutto and mozzarella salad

Italian-inspired Recipes for Your Juicy Summer Peaches

Bring on summer in all its beautiful glory! Life always feels so much more colorful during the summer months – sort of like the iconic scene in the...

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