Calabria Calls: Roberto Ceraudo

During Italian Wine Week, I had the occasion to try many wines from Southern Italian regions made with indigenous grapes. Among those that I really enjoyed were wines from Roberto Ceraudo from Calabria. I tasted a few of his wines and was particularly fond of the Grisara and the Dattilo, the former made with Pecorello... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Kerner

Kerner is a grape that was created in Germany in 1969 by crossing Schiava Grossa or Trollinger with Riesling. It came to Italy early on and has been considered an Italian national varietal since 1981.  It is often made into a mono-varietal wine and at times is blended with other varieties. It is similar to... Continue Reading →

Anteprime Toscane

This past weekend was the start of the Anteprime Toscane when different top Tuscan denominations show their new vintages. I got to go to a number of these events some years ago and it was truly an experience. Sadly this year that was not in the cards but perhaps next year I will be back... Continue Reading →

Giacomo Tachis: Mille e Una Notte

When I learned of Giacomo Tachis' passing earlier this month, I was reminded of how many of his wines I have tasted. Yesterday on Valentine's day in fact I was just thinking about one of these special wines as one that I consider romantic and sexy as every good Valentine's day should be: MIlle e... Continue Reading →

Blog at

Up ↑