Italian Varietals in the Hudson Valley

Whenever I come across Italian varietals  in the United States, I am usually a bit skeptical as to  their quality. Often I am proved wrong. This happened recently when I tasted a Tocai Friulano from the Millbrook Winery in the Hudson Valley. The wine was a total surprise to me and was just exquisite. Apparently, the... Continue Reading →

Argentina – Tango & Malbec

I went on a pilgrimage last year to Argentina to follow two of my principal hobbies: tango and wine, not necessarily in that order. I spent five days in Mendoza, traveling through the wine country and discovered that Tuscany in the Andes might be an apt description except for the scale of it all. These... Continue Reading →


Today is Ferragosto 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. Reading Mondosapore this morning reminded me of those days in Italy when you... Continue Reading →

A Summer Evening of Super-Whites In Brooklyn

I tasted some wonderful white wines this week in Brooklyn at Roberto Aita's magical restaurant Fiore in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My friend Jason Carey, a wine colleague and I were celebrating our recent achievement. We have both just received the Diploma in Wines and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. We have been in... Continue Reading →

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