Wine Wednesday: Torcolato Hits The Sweet Spot

Recently I went to a celebration of Italy's National Day, La Festa della Repubblica, celebrated on June 2 every year. The day commemorates the referendum of 1946 when the Italians voted for a republic rather than a monarchy. This year's celebration at the Trade Commission in New York showcased Italian delicacies. In addition to cheeses,... Continue Reading →

I may not be the most assiduous soccer fan but I always watch the World Cup or at least I have been watching it since 1990. Every year, I root for Italy to win. Today, I was very surprised to see that Costa Rica won the match against the Azzurri. So much so, that I... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Foglia Tonda

This week's grape variety hails from Tuscany. It was originally mentioned in conjunction with the vineyards of the Castello di Brolio of Barone Ricasoli. It is said to grow only in Chianti where it adds color and body to Sangiovese based wines. A number of Tuscan producers work with this grape variety. I have had... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Flavis Bianco

This week's grape variety is another obscure one called Flavis Bianco. This variety was created by Professor Italo Cosmo, the same person who created last week's variety Fertilia nera. This week's grape is a white one grown in the Veneto in the province of Treviso. It is a cross between Verdiso, a grape permitted in... Continue Reading →

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