Wine of the Week: Ferrari from Trento

I wrote a post the other day about Italian sparkling wine and neglected to mention wines from the Trento Doc classification. A huge oversight on my part. especially because I drink Ferrari at every holiday, including this Christmas. No harm done though because it's my wine of the week this wine Wednesday. Here is a... Continue Reading →

Vino Santo for Christmas

When writing about wines for Christmas, people tend to think of sparklers and then of heavy reds. In general, I find little writing about sweet wines, a category I love. For Christmas, this year as always, the end of the meal will bring a touch of Vin Santo from my friend, Susanna Crociani, I'm a... Continue Reading →

Upper West Side At Christmas Time

Beauty copyLooking forward to tomorrow’s festivities at St. John the Divine and the V&T, and celebrating with Ruffino – plus ca change, plus la meme chose. This year though we have another little member of the family at the table, aptly named for a Florentine. Too early for him to be drinking Sangiovese but that will come soon enough,


I don’t know about you but the last week of the year always seems like summation time. What you’ve done, what you haven’t done, what has changed and what has remained the same. It also tends to bring up all of the Christmases of the past and the memories of those who are no longer with us. I always miss my relatives who are no longer with us but also rejoice with the ones who are. I also marvel at how time flies as my lovely niece and nephew grow bigger and wiser. Soon my beautiful niece will be my fashion consultant to give me a younger look. They are still too young to drink wine though so my adult family members and I get to share whatever we have at the table. We have a family tradition that on Christmas Eve we go to hear Christmas carols at St…

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Italian-Swedish Salmon Recipe & Lis Neris

Getting ready for the holidays and missing my friends in Italy and so many fun times I spent with them in this period. I love this wine and this recipe and thought I would share it again.


Recently I started posting a few recipes that my friends had given to me before I left Italy. This one is from Paola Cornelli, a dear friend and a fabulous skipper. I decided to pair it with a wine that I love, Confini 2005 IGT, from Friuli Producer Lis Neris. The wine is made from a blend of grapes with slight changes in the percentages on a yearly basis. The 2005 is a blend of 30% Pinot Grigio, 60% Gewurztraminer and 10% Riesling.


I brought the wine to my tasting group and they had a hard time placing it. The Gewurztraminer’s floral and lychee notes shine through and are well integrated with the minerality and wet stone tones from the Riesling. The wine is truly a celebration on your palate and is rich and full bodied without being overdone. The late harvest aromas and flavors are what makes the…

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Women in Wine: Lucia Barzano’ from Il Mosnel

I am reblogging this both because this week is Santa Lucia and because in December (all year really) I want to drink Franciacorta. What I can’t believe is that this was right after Newtown and here we are again with no changes to our laws, only those that make them more lax. This isn’t a political blog but one can’t be silent about this stuff or not take a stand.


Avvinare started as a blog about Italian women in wine, a subject that has fascinated me for many years. As always happens, you start in one area and end up writing about many other areas as well but my 2013 resolution is to make posts about women in wine one of the main series on this blog. I had decided that Friday’s would be the perfect day but the recent tragedy in Connecticut left me unable to write a post. It’s unimaginable what the families of all of the 27 victims are going through. I only hope that this will start a dialog that leads to some new legislation.

Today’s post is about a winery from Franciacorta, an area that I am very drawn to. The winery is Il Mosnel, that has been in the Barboglio family since 1836. Emanuela Barboglio, Lucia’s mother was the one to really focus…

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Women in Wine Fridays: Caterina Gargari from Pieve De’ Pitti

I know some producers from Pisa were in New York this week and I thought about these wines and thought I would repost for wine Wednesday.


Chianti Tasting

Last month I had the good fortune to attend a tasting of Chianti Wines, there were two big Chianti tasting and I chose to go the first one not to the Gran Selezione which I thought would be more crowded. I don’t love walk around tastings but I do like smaller intimate ones where you have the opportunity to say hello to producer friends and to meet new ones and to taste their wines.

Chianti Lands

At this tasting I met Caterina Gargari, a producer from the area around Pisa, specifically from Terricciola. I had never heard of the winery, Pieve De’ Pitti.
I do know a bit about the area however. Pieve De’ Pitti. Like many producers from her region, she does not put Chianti Colline Pisane on her labels but uses the Chianti Superiore DOCG nomenclature instead. I asked why this was the case and like other producers I…

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Yesterday was a holiday in Milano celebrating their patron Saint, Sant'Ambrogio. I write about this ever year and always remember that today is also the anniversary of Pearl Harbor or the "day that will live in infamy." La Scala opens its' season as well but for that and for opera in general, Fred Plotkin is... Continue Reading →

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