Happy New Year!

With wine tasting season here and harvest underway around the world, there is so much to write about. First though, it is time to take stock, look at the year gone by and note with pleasure all that has taken place in the past year. I am not a religious person but I do like... Continue Reading →

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Women In Wine: Elisabetta Fagiuoli from Montenidoli

Thinking about Tuscany during harvest and I thought I would repost this blog about an amazing woman from Tuscany.

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Elisabetta Fagiuoli from the winery Montenidoli is what Italians call “una forza della natura (a force of nature).” She is a strong, vibrant and amazing woman who I got to see at both Slow Wine and Tre Bicchieri in February. The Vernaccia di San Gimingnano that they make and that is in the photo above is delicious, vibrant and nervy filled with minerality, a note of sapidity and of course, a bitter almond finish characteristic of the variety. This wine spends time on its lees and those aromas and flavors are evident in the glass. Montenidoli however is more than a winery but also a foundation and a place of respite. The foundation, named after Elisabetta’s late partner Sergio, the Patriach as he was known, is dedicated to helping others. According to the website, they offer the following,”We want to host, free of charge, elderly people in need of rest…

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We Remember 9/11

While September starts on September 1 and my baby’s birthday is in early September, the year always starts slow and until after the 11th, never feels quite right. I was in Italy on this day 16 years ago but the impact that it had on me as a New Yorker, really as a person, remains.... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Marzemino Nero

Originally Marzemino hailed from the Veneto but spread quickly to other regions such as Lombardy, Trentino, Emilia and Friuli. The grape is featured in Mozart's Opera "Don Giovanni in this phrase which Giovanni utters to Leporello, "Versa il vino! Eccellente Marzimino!" It is often blended with Barbera, Groppello, Merlot or Sangiovese. In Trentino, it has... Continue Reading →

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