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 →
This week's grape variety is Fumin. It is the last variety that starts with the letter "F." Amazing to me to note, but I have written 111 of these sorts of posts through the years. Italy has such an endless number of grape varieties, there is always something new to learn. Fumin is a variety... Continue Reading →
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.
“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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Earlier this year I was lucky enough to go on a press trip to Lugana. Carlo Veronese, the Director of the Consortium for the region, was wearing the above sweatshirt which really struck my fancy. The first evening of the trip, a small group of journalists and I were invited to a dinner at Ca... Continue Reading →
This week's grape variety hails from Piedmont - Freisa. It is often made into a pure varietal wine but is also blended with Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. It is a red grape that has heavy tannins and at times is made into a frizzante wine to make it softer. Freisa's native area is near the... Continue Reading →
I seem to be fixated on Sicily this summer and with good reason. A beautiful part Italy, I have spent a bit of time there during past summers and look forward to my next viaggio. When I can't travel physically, I can always travel thanks to the wines I drink and write about. This post... Continue Reading →
Friday is the quintessential Italian holiday, Ferragosto. What is Ferragosto you might ask, well according to Wikipedia: “The Catholic Church celebrates this date as a Holy Day of Obligation to commemorate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary—the actual physical elevation of her sinless soul and incorruptible body into Heaven. Before the Roman Catholic Church... Continue Reading →
Frappato is a red grape variety that hails from Sicily. You may have come across it in your tasting or wine travels when tasting Cerasuolo di Vittoria, a denominazione d'origine controllata e garantita (D.O.C.G.) wine from Sicily. The grape produces wines that are light in color with good body and cherry fruit aromas and flavors.... Continue Reading →
I have had the good fortune to visit this region quite recently - post-Vinitaly - but have not yet written about it on this blog much to my chagrin. Lucky for me, I had the opportunity to chat with Carlo Veronese, the Director of the Consorzio of Lugana, last week when he was in town... Continue Reading →
This week we will again be looking at another great white grape variety from Campania - Fiano bianco. This is a very antique variety that existed during Roman times and is said to come from the area around Avellino. I have never had the good fortune to visit Avellino but have an old friend who... Continue Reading →