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 →
I am reposting this blog because I saw the owner tonight speaking on Instagram with Dave Eckert On Eatsanddrinkswithdave about their wines. It brought back this lovely memory. Back in October, I attended a Paso Robles tasting at Corkbuzz hosted by Teuwen Communications. Through the years I have tasted many wines from this area but... Continue Reading →
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.
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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In April 2018, I had the good fortune to attend Campania Stories, an annual wine event showcasing the bounty of Campania. I had been to Campania about five times as a tourist in various parts of the region before that but this was my full immersion into the world of Campanian wines and I have... Continue Reading →
These have been incredibly trying times for so many reasons starting of course with terrible Covid Pandemic upon us. Personally, my family has been having a hard time as my Mom broke her ankle on both sides and is wearing a cast for the foreseeable future, unable to move around too much and in pain.... Continue Reading →
This week's #Winophiles are heading to the Northern Rhone. Rupal, known in the blogosphere as the Syrah Queen wrote her invitation post here. It's such a welcome relief to think about wines rather than the virus. If you feel the same way, join us tomorrow, April 18th, for our chat on Twitter at 11 am... Continue Reading →
For this month’s Wine Pairing Weekend, #WinePW, Nicole at Somm’s Table invited us to write about wines from the ancient world.Thinking about what I wanted to add to the discussion, Falernian came to mind. It is the most famous wine that was drunk in Ancient Rome and truly became a cult wine. Vinum Falernum... Continue Reading →
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 →
I have known Luca Formentini for about six years now thanks to his former role as the President of the Consorzio Tutela Lugana DOC. We became friends through the years and toda I am writing about Luca and his family winery, Selva Capuzza. Today happens to be his birthday too! Auguri! The Formentini Family has... Continue Reading →
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 →