Campania Stories Week 2018

I was reminded of this great press trip thanks to a lunch today with Ilaria Petitto of Donnachiara wines. What an amazing region. I have many more stories to share from that trip, excited to do so.


This past April I went on a press trip to Campania to attend Campania Stories. The trip was fascinating and we tasted many wines. This week I am going to attempt to share my impressions of this wonderful region and the interesting grapes and producers I met while there.

Campania has the following provinces: Avellino, Benevento, Caserta, Salerno and the capital city of Naples. There are 10 areas where wines are made and that are considered macro-viticultural areas. Today I am writing about the areas in the province of Caserta. The first is the Alto Casertano which includes Falerno del Massico DOP, Galluccio and the Roccamonfina IGP. Two important elements in the topography of this area are the Massico Mountain and the Roccamonfina volcano. These wines are often made from Aglianico, Piedirosso and Primitivo, among other grapes. They also have Falanghina for the whites.

The second area is called…

View original post 156 more words

What drives traffic to your blog? Brazil and Italian Kosher Wines at Avvinare

Always interested in what drives traffic to my site.


Wines of Brazil

What drives traffic to one’s blog is always a topic of debate. Clearly commenting on what others are writing and staying within the news cycle is important. What I have noticed recently is that blog traffic can also be dictated towards what people are drinking and thinking about. This year sparkling wine is getting lots of news. One of the big drivers to my blog over the years are posts that I have written about the sparkling wine category.
The biggest driver to my blog over the past year however is the word Brazil. Shockingly, I wrote a couple of posts about Brazilian wine and they get the absolute most traffic. I attended that tasting as part of the Snooth PVA blogger weekend in 2013 but it continues to get traffic. Brazilian wine exports are up 50% in 2017 so understand. Maybe it’s also the upcoming World Cup and people…

View original post 36 more words

Canary Island Wines

At last week's annual Wines of Spain tasting, I was lucky enough to taste through many of the wines from the Canary Islands. I missed the seminar which I am sure was wonderful but did get to go through the line-up at the table in the walk-around. Many of the wines were made from Listan... Continue Reading →

Blog at

Up ↑