Wine

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...
Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy. Vineyard valley — Photo by dpvue

Getting Beyond the Big Brands of Italian Wine: Spotlight on Liguria

A leisurely reconnaissance-inspired stroll in the Italian section of your local wine shop will tell you what many already know: top denominations in...
City view of medieval town Erice, Sicily — Photo by asmfoto

Erice: A marriage of history and romance

Towering 2,460 feet above Trapani on the Mediterranean Sea in northwest Sicily, the ancient citadel of Erice has found a new outlook by catering to...
The black rooster is the symbol for Chianti Classico wine and it comes from the story of how the land between Siena and Tuscany came to be divided in the Middle Ages

The Birth of a Wine: The History of Chianti Classico

Tuscany. If you’ve never been, I can guarantee you’ll be in awe of the beauty of its rolling vineyard filled hills, Cypress lined driveways and the...
Vigne Surrau is a place not only of great wines, but also of great ideas, where memorable wines combine with nature, art, a sense of community and genuine hospitality

Vigne Surrau: Sardinian Winery Fusing Nature and Art

Whatever membrane exists between this life and the universal mystery is palpably thin in Sardinia’s Gallura: ancient nuraghi, megalithic monuments...
Ginevra Venerosi, principal and winemaker at Tenuta di Ghizzano

One-on-One with Tuscan Winemaker Ginevra Venerosi

I recently caught up with award-winning Tuscan winemaker Ginevra Venerosi at a local New York trattoria to taste and talk about the wines of her...
The legendary enologist and consultant Giacomo Tachis

Giacomo Tachis, Remembrance of the Italian Wine Legend

On Saturday February 6th, 2016 the Italian wine world lost a legend. Giacomo Tachis, a legendary enologist and consultant to many Italian wineries...
Prosecco the most popular sparkling wine in the US

Prosecco is the most popular sparkling wine in the US

An increase in Prosecco sales of more than a third in the US is driving healthy growth in the Italian sparkling wine market, experts have said. Sales...
Red wine and turkey

Simplify Wines On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving strikes fear in just about every host. Preparing a giant bird is a herculean task. Cooking gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce is...
Italian wines star in Wine Spectator's Top 100

Italian wines star in Wine Spectator's Top 100

Each year since 1988, Wine Spectator has released its Top 100 list, where editors select the best wines from the thousands they reviewed during the...
Italian producers beat French ones for wine production

Italian producers beat French ones to wine production

Italy has outstripped France and became the world's biggest producer of wine in 2015 according to European Commission estimates. This year Italian...
How Scientists Are trying to Save The Most Ancient Grapes From Pantelleria

How Scientists Are trying to Save The Most Ancient Grapes From Pantelleria

In the Sicilian island of Pantelleria, vineyard workers are today harvesting a variety of Zibibbo grapes which can go through extinction soon. Most...

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