Wine Wednesday: Moscato from I Due Gatti

Today's Wine Wednesday is dedicated to Moscato from I Due Gatti. Where is that winery located you might ask and who is the winemaker behind that wine. That would be me. That's my wine, made with grapes I bought in New Jersey at Corrado's - the temple of home winemaking grapes and equipment - but... Continue Reading →


Heavy Hearted As A Piece of History (Notre Dame) Is Burning

I'm heavy-hearted today as I watch Notre Dame Cathedral burn. The images of the damage to that 13th century masterpiece take my breath away and make me want to be in Paris right now to support the country. Of course it is the home of the Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit, and the center of Catholicism... Continue Reading →

Wine Wednesday: Lis Neris Turns 140!

This is an old photo of Alvaro and his daughter Federica from Lis Neris at Vinitaly in 2008. I met Alvaro in 2007 and consider him a friend. His winery is celebrating their 140th year, 1879-2019. I got to spend some time speaking with Alvaro this week at the various Slow Wine events where I was working for... Continue Reading →

Women In Wine Fridays: Matilde Poggi from Le Fraghe (Veneto)

I was working again at Slow Wine today and had the occasion to taste the Charetto from Le Fraghe. A beautiful wine, I was not disappointed. It had everything I found the first time I tried it – beauty, freshness and balance. I am a devoted Charietto fan after having tried numerous ones today during the tasting. I was serving Lugana all day and sticking with other Lake Garda wines such as Chiaretto from Bardolino.


This week’s Women in Wine Fridays is about Matilde Poggi from Le Fraghe. I met Matilde at the Slow Wine tasting back in February. I was really impressed with her wines and wanted to find out more about her. These are her answers to some questions that I emailed her about her winery and her winemaking. I found her wines all very clean and intriguing. People, myself included, often don’t take Bardolino seriously enough. Made from Corvina and Rondinella, this wine proved very interesting and food friendly. Meeting Matilde made me want to learn more and I think this Vinitaly I will take advantage of that opportunity.


1.Tell me about Le Fraghe and your family history?

I began to vinify my father’s grapes in 1984. Till that year the grapes were given to my uncle who has another winery

2. How did you get into the wine business?


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