Italian Indigenous Varieties: Minella Bianca

This variety hails from Sicily. It is grown in the province of Catania, at the foot of Etna. It usually grows in fields with other grapes including the much heralded Nerello Mascalese grape, Carricante and Catarratto. It's also grow around the province of Enna. It is seldom seen as a monovarietal wine but it usually... Continue Reading →


New Series: Wine Shops In New York To Check Out

I love to be a tourist in my own city. I am constantly discovering parts of New York that I don't know well and cool wine shops that weren't on my radar. Today was one of those days. Thanks to Peter at PGM wines, I discovered Pompette and the two brothers who run it. Mozel... Continue Reading →

Happy Champagne Day!

Happy Champagne Day was first started eight years ago to appreciate this sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region in France. The Champagne bureau is very active in their promotions yet I need no convincing. I love sparkling wines and I love to celebrating life with Champagne. I love this particular one quite a... Continue Reading →

Parma NYC – Here We Come

I'm really excited to visit one of my family haunts this evening for dinner. It's my Dad's birthday and he loves this restaurant. The restaurant in question is Parma. It opened in 1977 and I think my family has been eating there ever since then. I haven't been in nine years and am looking forward... Continue Reading →

Women In Wine Fridays: Ilaria Petitto from Donnachiara (Campania)

Looking forward to seeing Ilaria later today, tasting her wines and learning about all the changes in the winery with her new enologist Riccardo Cotarella.



It’s been a very busy couple of weeks with Vinitaly and my Italian trip in the middle as well as the holidays. So much to tell but for today I wanted to post an interview with Ilaria Pettito from Donnachiara. I met Ilaria about four years ago at an event in NYC and have seen her numerous times throughout the years as she is always traveling and promoting her wines. I was able to say hello to her at this year’s Vinitaly as well in the Irpinia Pavilion. As always, Ilaria was lovely and gracious, just like her wines. The above picture was taken at VinoVip2013 in Cortina this summer.

I also think Aglianico is a great wine for the Easter meal if one is having traditional fare.

1. How did you get into the wine business?

I’m in the wine business since 2007 when I decided to…

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