This week's grape hails is Grechetto which grows in Umbria but also in Lazio and Tuscany. The green heart of Italy, Umbria is the home of the Grechetto Bianco grape also called Grechetto di Orvieto. Grechetto produces a lovely white wine with notes of pear and almonds as well as hints of white flowers. It... Continue Reading →
The denomination Chianti Colli Fiorentini Denominazione d’Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G.) is one of the seven sub-zones of Chianti D.O.C.G. This production zone is located in and around Florence and the Arno river valleys. Like its other six cousins, Chianti Rufina, Chianti Colli Aretini, Chianti Colli Senesi, Chianti Colline Pisane, Chianti Montalbano and Chianti Montespertoli,... Continue Reading →
I just shared a bottle of Aulente Rosso IGT from San Patrignano with a friend last night and paired it with Peruvian chicken. A lovely combination and I thought I would post this blog about Sangiovese in Romagna.
One of my biggest discoveries this Vinitaly was just how good wines can be from Emilia Romagna. I had generally overlooked Emilia as a wine region, my mistake, and aside from great Lambrusco, had tended not given its wines their due. That said, I love Emilia Romagna and spent a great year of my life in graduate school there at SAIS in Bologna.
I also spent a fair number of summers on the Adriatic at Lido degli Estensi and Lido delle Nazioni and have fond memories of many experiences in that part of the world. Not least, I am a huge fan of some musicians from Emilia Romagna, namely Vasco Rossi and the amazing Luciano Ligabue. Rockers Italian style, I feel like I am 16 when I listen to their music, check out this song from Vasco, Vivere and this one from Liga….
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I know it is 1030 a.m. on Saturday morning but it's a beautiful day outside and I am remembering with pleasure a wine I had last month at OperaWine. I would love a glass at lunch but alas, it is not available in my neighborhood and Valle d'Aosta is a far jaunt for this particular... Continue Reading →
I first heard the name Montevetrano more than 19 years ago from a friend in Milan who knew the family. He had a birthday this week and has been on my mind so I thought I would write about this lovely wine. I met part of the family in 1997 and finally met Silvia Imparato... Continue Reading →
Back with our latest Italian indigenous variety, this week's grape is Grecanico from Sicily. The grape is often blended with Grillo and/or Catarratto. It is part of a host of D.O.C. wines from Contea di Sclafani, Contesa Entellina, Menfi and others. I recently had a lovely one at Vinitaly from Tasca d'Almerita. The one I... Continue Reading →
With all the news of Hillary Clinton launching her campaign this week, I began to think what wine might represent her. It came to me fairly quickly, a California Cabernet from Napa that I opened earlier in the week - The Rule. I don't usually compare people to wines or music to wines as many... Continue Reading →
The wine world lost a light this week, Anne-Claude Leflaive, of Domaine Leflaive passed away in Burgundy on April 6. I never had the pleasure of meeting her but from all accounts she was approachable and environmentally committed when it was neither chic nor trendy to be so. Here is a link to a wonderful... Continue Reading →
Thankful for anyone still following this blog, I have been so inconsistent over the past 12-15 months. I have a great, fantastic reason - my newish seven month old baby - Niccolo' and MW studies but still I had wished to be doing a better job. Sometimes I feel like the person in this painting... Continue Reading →