Explore Campania, May 2nd #ItalianFWT

This weekend the #ItalianFWT blogging group is traveling to Campania. It's going to be a lovely virtual trip. Campania, as I wrote in my invitation post here, is an incredible wine region with a wealth of native grapes to choose from, both whites and reds. There is so much to learn and explore about the... Continue Reading →

Women in Wine Fridays: Silvia Imparato & Montevetrano from Campania

I decided to repost this blog today and then I noticed that I had written it exactly five years ago today. Strange coincidence. I have had many occasions to meet Silvia Imparato since this was published and now it’s 24 years since I first heard of her wine from a friend in Milan. The wines are still as beautiful as the first time I tried them. Here’s to things that last. I also thought I would repost this because I am dusting off and amplifying my women in wine series – stay tuned.


Monte Vetrano

I first heard the name Montevetrano more than 19 years ago from a friend in Milan who knew the family. He had a birthday this week and has been on my mind so I thought I would write about this lovely wine. I met part of the family in 1997 and finally met Silvia Imparato in 2010 at Vinitaly when I was translating for the Wine Spectator at meetings they held with various regions of Italy.

I found her to be very approachable and open then as I did at the most recent OperaWine event this year. Imparato makes wines with Riccardo Cotarella as her winemaker in Montevetrano, a small area near Salerno in the Campania region of Italy. Her wines are made from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,  and Aglianico, the signature indigenous grape of this region.

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Wines of Lombardy: Moscato di Scanzo D.O.C.G.

Today’s post continues my exploration of wines from Lombardy but also adds to the sweet wine conversation. Moscato di Scanzo, a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G.) wine from Lombardy made from the Moscato di Scanzo grape. Apparently it has been in the area since the 1300s. A red grape, it is thought to have... Continue Reading →

Brachetto d’Acqui-A Treat from Piedmont

For today's #ItalianFWT online conversation, we are dishing about Brachetto d’Acqui , a D.O.C.G from Piedmont which finds its maximum espression around the town of Acqui Terme. The Grape and the Wine The grape is called Brachetto and is used to make the wine called Brachetto d’Acqui. The grape is native to Piedmont, in particular... Continue Reading →

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