Looking Forward to A Crodino

I am so looking forward to having a Crodino next week while in Italy. Crodino is a trademark brand owned by the Campari Group since the mid-1990s but it is often used as a generic term for an “analcolico” or a drink without alcohol. Crodino is named for the town of Crodo in Piedmont where... Continue Reading →

Women In Wine Fridays: Elena Walch


Women in Wine Fridays is a series that began almost 15 years ago. Elena Walch was one of the very first women I interviewed. I’ve seen her throughout the years and watched her daughters blossom into their roles in the company.


Elena Walch is a very interesting wine maker. Born into a German-speaking family, Elena was raised in Milan but went to German schools. Trained as an architect, she eventually left her first career and embarked on her second when she married into the Walch family. Elena noted, in an interview in November, that she was not easily accepted into the wine community. She explained that the main issue was not that she was a woman but that she was not from the Alto Adige region.

The Alto Adige is a region in the North-East of Italy, quite close to the Austrian and Swiss border. The region used to be part of Austria and many of its inhabitants still wish and feel that it is primarily part of Europe and not so much part of Italy. There are three main cities in the area and numerous beautiful towns and villages: Bolzano…

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College Reunions: Drinks of the Past

I recently attended my college reunion. It had been five years since I had been on that particular campus and before that, many years since college. I hadn't remembered so much stuff about the place and so many people but when I was there, much of it flooded back. College is a unique time in... Continue Reading →

Monday Musings: Drinking Average Wine

Monday musings today are about what to drink on different occasions and why wine professionals must be well-versed in mass market wines. This past weekend at my college reunion I was confronted with the usual challenge - drink average wine or switch to something else, in this instance average beer. While it usually is a... Continue Reading →

Thank You Linda Lawry

I read the news today that Linda Lawry, DWS, CWE,CSS of International Wine Center fame has retired. Linda was a marvelous professor when I was studying for my Diploma in Wines & Spiritus. Funny and incredibly knowledgeable, she brooked no silly comments. I learned so much from Linda about French wines through the center and... Continue Reading →

Wine of the Week: Soave Classico Re Teodorico From Cantina di Monteforte

I decided to reblog this post about Soave from 2010. I was excited to see how much has changed.


This week I have had the good fortune to spend some time with Giovanni Ponchia, the young and talented winemaker from the Soave Consortium. I also was lucky enough to try a new Soave that I didn’t know from Cantina di Monteforte. It was light, refreshing and very easy to drink as an apertif and I found myself wondering why I have been drinking so little Soave over the years. I also really enjoyed the fact that it was only 12% alcohol, making it an easy wine to sip without having to eat a big meal in order to contrast the wine.

The Soave Consortium is made up of large and small wineries as well as bottlers and growers. Together they have 7000 hectares under vine. Garganega, the grape variety in Soave is very vigorous and needs to be reigned in to preserve white flower, citrus notes that…

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