Tomorrow is Ferragosto, a massive holiday in Italy. It is a holiday which commemorates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary for those who believe and for others it simply signifies the middle of August, a day when everything is closed and everyone is on vacation. During quarantine in mid-August, I am reminded me of those days... Continue Reading →
The Loire Valley is such an incredibly beautiful place, rich in history with an amazing array of wines to taste, write about and enjoy. I've spent some time in the Loire but it's never enough. When I lived in Dijon in college I visited some of the famed chateaux and since then, I've visited a... Continue Reading →
I will be speaking at 5:00pm about Rosatos from Puglia together with my friend and colleague Silvia Baldini from Strawberry and Sage. We are doing an “Italian Aperitivo” Chat at 5:00pm on Zoom. There is still time to sign up at the Les Dames D’Escoffier New York Website, LDNY.org under upcoming events. Maybe I’ll see you later.
Puglia or Apulia as we would say in English is a beautiful part of Italy. This long region is among the top wine producing regions in Italy. A large part of the wines are made with indigenous varieties such as Primitivo and Negro Amaro, two red grapes that many people know and have tasted in various iterations. They are by no means the only indigenous varieties from the region however today is Negro Amaro day in our series on Italian Indigenous Varieties.
I have been lucky enough to visit Puglia a number of times. Each time I visited the Salento. The photos above and below were taken in Lecce, a gorgeous city during the day and at night with its warm blond stones. I love Lecce and highly recommend visiting, even if your main focus is wine and food or a beach vacation – Lecce and Otranto, both in the…
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I first discovered Buttonwood Grove Winery in 2016 during the Society of Wine Educators conference. We traveled to the Finger Lakes the day before conference. At that time I tried their Vidal Blanc, a hybrid that I discovered I really enjoyed. This was a very beautiful winery and clearly a venue for parties and weddings.... Continue Reading →
August 10 is officially known in Italy as la Notte di San Lorenzo or the Night of the Shooting Stars. This is because, apparently, tonight if there are clear skies, one can see many shooting stars. I always thought this was very poetic but somewhat of a myth. Until I went sailing in the Mediterranean... Continue Reading →
Today I am musing about wine regions of the world that have set their sights on coming to the USA. In this new pandemic world, especially in the USA, many restaurants throughout the country are shuttered completely or only partially open for outdoor dining or take-out. In that context, can a new region of a... Continue Reading →
I had never heard of this grape before Vinitaly in 2012. I just mentioned this grape variety in my daily Instagram talk about grape vines yesterday. Within Vinitaly there was a special section of “natural” wines called Vivit. Many of the producers in that section seemed to be from Tuscany, Trentino or more familiar regions but I did... Continue Reading →
Thinking about all of the wonderful Rosato produced today in Italy brought me to think about some wines that are made on Lake Garda using a blend of grapes. The wines are from a denomination called Valtènesi. When someone mentions Chiaretto people usually think Bardolino but I an writing about the Chiaretto from Valtènesi which... Continue Reading →
Vermentino is one of Italy's great grape varieties. It is the perfect white wine to sip on a beach, have as an aperitivo or pair with wonderful seafood. To me it spells summer, sailing and relaxation. Vermentino can be found in a number of different regions in Italy including all over Liguria, pictured above. It... Continue Reading →
Today's post is about Dolcetto, a grape most widely grown in Piedmont but also seen in Liguria under the name Ormeasco and in the Oltrepo’Pavese. It tends to make easy to drink, friendly red wines as well as wines that can age with a hint of almond and liquorice on the nose and palate. It... Continue Reading →