Today is a perfect day to write about Donatella Cinelli Colombini . Donatella was the second woman that I met in 2005 who worked in the wine business and was part of the organization, Le Donne del Vino.She is the President of Le Donne del Vino and of the Brunello Consortium. I met Donatella when I was writing... Continue Reading →
Le Beaujolais est arrivé! It's November 15, the third Thursday in November and Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the harvest makes it's entrance onto the market. I always run right out and buy a bottle at my local liquor store. They had one brand - George Duboeuf. The marvelous company that basically owns the... Continue Reading →
This week's Italian indigenous variety is called Nieddera Nero and it hails from the island of Sardinia. It grows in the provinces of Cagliari, Nuoro and Oristano. It is used to make both red still and semi-sweet wines and also rosé. I have never had a wine made with this variety nor have I visited... Continue Reading →
Today's Monday Musings are about consumer tastings. Last weekend I went to the American Wine Society and hosted two seminars - one on Vermentino and one on Wines from Lombardy. We had a pretty enthusiastic crowd that asked many good questions and gave me a lot of information that I hadn't expected such as where... Continue Reading →
I salute our veterans and their families and thank them for their service. I can only begin to imagine what they go through. All of my Mother’s cousins served in World War II. One of the most moving places I have ever visited was the cemetery in Normandy, France, where almost 10,000 Americans were buried... Continue Reading →
Today is the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass,” the 1938 spate of violence by the Nazi regime against Jewish communities in Germany and Austria. With the rise of anti-semitic acts and the recent atrocity in Pittsburgh, I’m well aware that this evil disease is alive and well today. I was pleased to see Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor speaking out against these acts today in a commemoration at a Synagogue in Germany. Evil was also at foot in the recent murder of college students in a bar in California. I’m extremely disturbed by all of this and today just can’t write about wine although it does bring solace and good feeling. Today I just wish for peace for all, a way forward together and a more just and safe world for our children.
The internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah. Today is that day. I usually think of the date being January 27 which is the liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Some 80 members of my family and millions of other people were murdered there. They are not forgotten. I hate thinking what they might have contributed to the world and of the millions of children who were murdered. I am not heartened by the news of increased anti-semitic acts in the US, up 86% in the first three months of 2017. It’s fundamental in today’s America that people remember the past. I know full well that atrocities take place everyday on this planet and that many are tired of talking about the Holocaust. History often repeats itself however and we need…
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This past weekend while hosting a seminar on wines made with Vermentino, I felt enormously pleased to be able to present one from Lodi, California thanks to Uvaggio, owned by industry insider Jim Moore who very kindly shipped me his wines. The seminar folks like the wine and were excited to try one from the... Continue Reading →
I served one of their Vermentino’s this past weekend as part of a seminar on Vermentino. It was crisp, refreshing and filled with beautiful white fruit flavors and floral nuts. Though it was raining in Buffalo, the wine brought sunshine and summer into the room.
This weekend I had the good fortune to go sailing in Liguria. We sailed from Bocca di Magra to Portovenere and back. This area is beautiful and incredible to see from the sea. In addition to stunning views from small colorful hilltowns, delicious focaccia and torte salate made with local herbs, this area is well known for its wines. One of its many treasures are the wines from a DOC called Colli di Luni.
I had the occasion to try a wine from Il Torchio, a winery in the Colli di Luni area on Friday evening. It paired perfectly with my grilled calamari. The winery used to be a frantoio, a place where olive oil was made. In order to press the olives, a frantoio used to use a huge stone called Il torchio. This Vermentino di LiguriaLunae, was light and dry with citrus and apple notes as well…
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Obviously the people in this picture are not students of wine but preschoolers collaborating on a painting. I am using the photo to illustrate something that I know but was reminded this past weekend while giving a couple of seminars for the American Wine Society. While people want you to impart information to them, they... Continue Reading →