Today I am posting an online conversation I had with Maria Elena Jimenez, one of the winemakers at Pares Balta. 1. How did you get into the wine business? Although it may seem sappy, love was the reason for everything. My husband, by then just my boyfriend, was the one to introduce me to wine... Continue Reading →
This week's wine Wednesday is dedicated to one I tasted a while back but have not been able to forget. It's the Falesia chardonnay from D'Amico Winery located at the confluence of Umbria/Lazio/Tuscany. I met the couple during a lunch in New York at Marea organized by the lovely Tony DiDio. I had never heard... Continue Reading →
This is my 16th and last post in the series on Malvasie. It has been very interesting to see just how many variations there are of this grape from the Malvasia family. This week's variety is Malvasia Rosa which is a mutation of Malvasia di Candia which I wrote about here. This Malvasia can be... Continue Reading →
My wine of the week for wine Wednesday is from Apulia, from Tenuta Chiaromonte. It is a Primitivo from Acquaviva delle Fonti in La Murgia which is near Bari in Apulia. The winery started in the 1800s with 3 hectares and now has 32 hectares. I tried this wine at the Gambero Rosso tasting earlier... Continue Reading →
Like many others, I am celebrating today, drinking French wine and singing the Marseillaise. This clip from Casablanca is one of my absolute favorite movie scenes. Let's toast to France today and to democracy! No better way to do that than with Pol Roger, a Champagne house that I am quite partial to.
Italian sparkling wine is an ever expanding category these days. In addition to the traditional regional wines from the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia of Prosecco, Trento DOC from Trentino-Alto Adige, Asti Spumante from Piedmont, Franciacorta and Cruasé from Lombardy, and Lambrusco from Emilia Romagna, producers throughout Italy are making sparkling wines from indigenous varieties... Continue Reading →
This week's variety is called Malvasia Nera Lunga and hails from Piedmont. It grows in the provinces of Asti and Turin. It is a grape with a long shape hence the name. It is a hard and vigorous grape. It can lose acidity relatively quickly so the picking date for these grapes is key before... Continue Reading →
I am so looking forward to this summer's Society of Wine Educators conference. Founded in 1977, SWE's Annual Conference is for educators, students, and enthusiasts to convene and learn more about the world of wine and spirits. In 2017, SWE will host this event in Portland, Oregon. I've never been to Portland and this is... Continue Reading →