Memories of Liguria In the Summer

Part of my upcoming trip will also be to Liguria. I can’t wait to hang out on the beach, eat delicious trofie al pesto, foccaccia and the like and of course drink the great wines they have in that region. Check out the Italian Wine and Food group’s posts on Liguria from last month. You can find them on my site under an article I wrote about the unsung wines from this region. Cheers!


Ligurian Hill Towns

July is a special month for me. It’s my birthday month, summer, and one that always reminds me of the years that I lived in Italy and went on holiday in Liguria. I rented a house for a few years with friends in a small town called FinalBorgo.

Final Borgo


It was a very near the larger town of Finale Ligure where we went to the beach. Our little town though only had a couple of cafes, a pizzeria and the main piazza where we ate gelato. We always took long walks up and town the coast as well and bought summer dresses from ladies who came to the beach with multicolored products. The whole experience was slow and relaxing, except for my friend Loredana’s crazy driving on the road down from Milan, smoking a cigarette, singing and texting wildly. Other than that, every weekend was a joy and a discovery…

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Chianti Lovers: Chianti Colli Fiorentini

Very excited for my first stop on the Italy trip, Villa Medicea di Lilliano. Not only do I get to see this beautiful Villa and grounds but I can do it while drinking these lovely wines from the Malenchini family. Looking really forward to it.


Duomo di Firenze

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, producers can chose to use the denomination or not. The area was defined in 1932. With DPR 290 of July 2, 1984, the Chianti Colli Fiorentini area was officially granted DOCG recognition; The Chianti Colli Fiorentini Consortium was founded on September 20, 1994.

The wines must be at least 70% Sangiovese. They can also contain Canaiolo and Colorino, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah in small quantities. I was introduced to the Chianti Colli Fiorentini in 2010 by their wonderful PR manager, Stefano. Despite living in Florence for many years, I didn’t know…

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Women In Wine: Susanna Crociani From Crociani Winery in Montepulciano

So looking forward to our trip to Italy and visiting Susanna. Vin Santo awaits!


I have been meaning to write about Susanna Crociani since we first met at Vinitaly 2007. In the interest of transparency, I want to point out that I have spent considerable amounts of time with her and we are good friends. In fact, Susanna was just staying with me for the past week during Vino 2010 and we were speaking together on a panel regarding Social Media on Wednesday together with Alder Yarrow of Vinography, Doug Cook, Head of search at Twitter and founder of Able Grape, Steve Raye of Brand Action and Anthony Dias Blue.

Susanna spoke at length about her experiences writing her wine blog which she began in 2006. To view the panel, please click here.

I have been tasting and drinking Susanna’s wines for about three years now and think they are terrific. My favorite is her Vin Santo. We just opened a…

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Norway In My Thoughts & Prayers & Norwegian Women In Wine

Today is the longest day of the year and I will always remember at June 21 that I spent in Norway, the land of the midnight sun and much else. What a beautiful country. Here’s a post I wrote about it some years ago, on a sad occasion but that June 21 was magical.


Norway is on my mind today. I watch in horror as news of the tragedy that happened in that beautiful country races across our screens of all sizes. It’s hard to fathom how these atrocities continue to happen. I have difficulty processing it all.

I decided to write something about Norway today because Norway oddly enough is a country I feel close to. Oddly I say because I don’t have a stitch of Norwegian in my genetic tapestry.

What I do have though are dear friends from Norway, some I met in Italy and others here in New York City.

In fact, when I first moved to Milan in 1995, I lived with some Norwegians. For seven months I slept on their couch, ate “brown cheese” and gravlax as often as possible. We became fast friends and have been so ever since.

My lovely friend Kristen is from a beautiful…

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