Today I want to write about one of the places closest to my heart and soul – Cape Cod. I started going to the Cape when I was three weeks old and have been going more or less ever since. We used to go when I was growing up and seven years ago I decided... Continue Reading →
Marzemina Bianco is a grape that has its home in the Veneto. It is a historic grape which was cited in the 16th and 17th century writings. It can be found in the hills around Breganze and also in Lombardy near the city of Brescia and in the Colli Euganei. It can be found in... Continue Reading →
Guido Berlucchi has always been one of my favorite Italian brands. When I lived in Milan, this was one of two wines on every single restaurant and bar list. If I asked for a sparkling wines, the baristas would always say Berlucchi o Ferrari. I celebrated every occasion with one or the other and got... Continue Reading →
Today is Ferragosto or the holiday that celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. That said, mostly it’s a day when every Italian save the very unlucky few, is on holiday. The entire country is basically away this week and I for one applaud such dedication to relaxation for the mind, food & wine for... Continue Reading →
After the horrific events of this weekend, I am thinking about Virginia and how often I have enjoyed being there. When I was a girl, my parents took me to Jefferson's home and to UVA. I remember how impressed I was with the campus and how much I wanted to seem like a college student... Continue Reading →
Italy is an incredibly beautiful country, with 20 regions, many which have Alpine wines thanks to the presence of two mountain ranges, the Alps and the Apennine Mountains which run 1000 km from North to South through the peninsula. Today, I am looking to the smallest region in the North, the Valle d’Aosta. The tag... Continue Reading →
I’m finally heading out to Portland and I remembered this post I had written. I don’t know that I will be able to meet Julia but it’s fun to revisit posts from the past and people you meet along the way. Looking forward to trying lots of great wines and meeting new and old friends at the Society of Wine Educators conference next week.
On Fridays I have been trying to write about women in the wine industry. At first this column was only going to be about Italian women in wine but then I discovered the wonderful world of women in the industry right here in the US.
In March I met Julia of the great blog Wine Julia. We met at the Snooth PVA weekend for bloggers in New York during a Peking Duck/Oregon wine pairing. Julia actually hails from Oregon so she was pretty much in the know about all of the different wines from that part of the world. I also discovered after chatting that she used to own a wine bar and then became a writer. I am always interested in how different people get into the wine industry and from which angle. I love the 1/2 day vacation posts that Julia writes. I’m about to take…
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This week's variety hails from Calabria, specifically from the provinces of Cosenza and Catanzaro, located on the Tyrrhenian Sea . A hearty grape that can be quite productive, it is used both in mono varietal wines and as a coloring agent in blended wines. It can be found in the Lamezia DOC denominated wines. The one wine... Continue Reading →
This week’s wine is from the Aosta valley. I'm thinking about Alpine wines this week for the monthly Italian food Wine Travel blogger chat on Saturday. While I haven't skied in a while since I ripped my ACL, I do miss life on the slopes, all of it. I always remember the panini with speck... Continue Reading →