Wine

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...
Grignolino, Etna Rosso and Bardolino, lighter high acidic wines that pair better with food

Three Italian Reds for Changing Times

A millennial fellow speaking about his interest in wine: Him : “I’ll drink anything, man, but I’m all about the reds.” Me : “Cool. What do you look...
Mastroberardino Vineyards Cultivates the Ancient Vines of Pompeii  (Part 2)

Mastroberardino Vineyards Cultivates the Ancient Vines of Pompeii (Part 2)

Here the second part of Victoria's visit at Mastrobernardino Wine. Mastroberardino is the only winery that has been planting experimental vineyards...
Mastroberardino Vineyards Cultivates the Ancient Vines of Pompeii  (Part 1)

Mastroberardino Vineyards Cultivates the Ancient Vines of Pompeii (Part 1)

In 1996, Mastroberardino Vineyards in Campania was appointed by the archaeological superintendent of Pompeii to conduct extensive research in an on-...
Taste the wines of Cinque Terre

Taste the Wines of Cinque Terre

Visit the Public Wine Shop of Lunigiana and Liguria, in Castelnuovo Magra (La Spezia), to taste the Cinque Terre's wines: the white wines Vermentino...
Both wine and the bike, in their own ways, lead one across emotional and physical landscapes, open the heart to the rhythms of nature, and promote a consciousness of lifestyle and the human spirit

Wine, Bike, and Living La Dolce Vita

There are three things that I find most Italians are happy to talk about: food, wine, and sports! Not unlike wine, the sport of cycling has a great...
Leonardo Beconcini, Winemaker for Pietro Beconcini Winery

Going “Live” in the Vineyard with Two of Italy’s Tech Savvy Wine Producers

Nearly six years ago I wrote that a new breed of tech savvy Italian wine producers were on the rise. They recognized that a spectacular era in...
Around the little village of Arnad where La Kiuva Cooperative is based

Valle d’Aosta: Getting to Know Italy’s Smallest Wine Region

Scene: Customer enters wine shop, proceeds to browse section of Italian wines. Pauses in front of bottles on shelf, labels read “Blanc de Morgex et...
The vineyards of the Oltrepò Pavese

The vineyards of the Oltrepò Pavese

The history of wine is deeply rooted in Rovescala, there are many vineyards here that are over 100 years old, producing a truly excellent wine. The...
Cantina della Volta Lambrusco di Sorbara, Photo Credit Adrian Reynolds

Lambrusco Today

I like that many consumers still remember that period during the ‘70’s when Lambrusco earned a reputation as a sweet, fizzy drink styled for the...
The first Italian spumante came about in 1865, thanks to the collaboration of the Gancia brothers and of Count Augusto Vistarino who imported the Barbatella of Pinot Noir from Burgundy. Photo © Serreitor

Those Tiny Italian Bubbles are Such a Passion! To Drink and... To Eat!

There is no toast, no occasion or no celebration that does not invoke the opening of a bottle of sparkling wine…and what if one were to use it for...
The tasting room at the Northwest Wine Academy, located on the campus of South Seattle College, features award-winning wines produced by the students. The room has a distinctly Northwest feel with reclaimed redwood and basalt rocks

Northwest Wine Academy guides students from vine to wine

The airy, light-filled tasting room at the Northwest Wine Academy would feel right at home in any of Seattle’s swankier neighborhoods. Designed with...
The diversity of native Italian wine grapes is stunning

Italy’s Native Wine Grapes: A Random Itinerary

In his excellent book entitled “Venice is a Fish”, Venetian poet Tiziano Scarpa urges visitors to La Serenissima to throw away their street maps and...
Medieval San Gimignano - Tuscany — Photo by Maugli

Leap into spring with Vernaccia di San Gimignano

Tuscany. The region within Italy that Italian lovers gravitate to on their visits to this amazing country. With so many historic, medieval towns to...

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