Wine of the Week: Faro from Palari (Sicily)

This week's wine pick is Faro from Azienda Agricola Palari from Sicily. I first tasted this wine at a Tre Bicchieri event in New York some years ago. I was impressed with its unique blend of indigenous Sicilian grapes including Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Nocera, Acitana, and Jacche'. The wine was ruby red in color... Continue Reading →

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Sunday Sipping: New World Wines – The Napa Valley

Thinking of all the members of the wine industry and people who live in the Napa Valley who were impacted by the Earthquake. Hoping everyone will see their way to a better day in the near future. Very lucky that no one lost their lives. I’m posting this blog piece that I wrote last year about Napa as a way of showing solidarity and interest in the region and its fate.

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“The Napa Valley, Then and Now: The Evoltion of Grapegrowing and Winemaking” was the title of a seminar I took this past summer at the Society of Wine Educators Conference in Orlando, Florida with Barry Wiss. With the cold weather outside, I am channeling summer and warmth and so Napa came to mind. The seminar was interesting but what I thought was most remarkable was how far the association has come that they are now showing the diversity of terroir, grapes grown and attention to microclimate variations.

I tended to think of Napa as a whole, homogenous region, with a warm climate. I was quite wrong apparently. This above all was made plain in this particular seminar. In the past, I have taken the Napa Rocks seminars about the soil variation but little had been discussed about climate, another fundamental part of what can be defined as “terroir.”

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