California Dreaming At Porter Family Vineyards In Napa

I am an Italian wine snob. I admit it. I love everything about Italy and have always turned up my nose at those who compare California to Italy, Napa to Tuscany, and other silly things like that. That was, until last night. I don't know what is happening to me. Perhaps I just need a... Continue Reading →

Chile Day 11: The Casablanca Valley – Rediscovering Sauvignon Blanc

Although it has been almost seven months since my lovely trip to Chile, I have yet to write about my vineyard trips while there. An article by Eric Asimov in this week's Dining In section sparked my memories of just how much I enjoyed the Chilean Sauvignon Blancs that I tried while visiting. Let me... Continue Reading →

Once a Francophile…

I confess on my birthday last week I drank French wine and not Italian. It's the first time ever but then again this was a particular birthday. I had bottle of Georges Duboeuf Pouilly Fuisse 2007 with a delicious lobster on City Island with two people I adore. Quite different than the birthday's I've spent... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Aleatico

My series on Italian grape varieties continues on Altacucina Society's website. This week's article is on Aleatico. Aleatico grows in a number of different Italian regions, the most famous of which are Tuscany, Apulia and Lazio. I have tried a number of these wines and find them quite interesting. Aleatico can be made into a... Continue Reading →

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