Vinho Verde Meets Homemade Sushi 

Photo Courtesy of Wines of Vinho Verde is a large DOC in the North of Portugal with nine subregions. They are nine sub-regions in the DOC. Each one is  named after either a river or a town. They are Monção, Melgaço, Lima, Basto, Cávado, Ave, Amarante, Baião, Sousa and Paiva. The weather is cool and... Continue Reading →

Domaine Roy & Fils Incline Pinot Noir

Remembering this amazing trip to Oregon to celebrate #InternationalPinot Noir Day. I found this great site which talks about the grape and the day. To me Pinot Noir is the height of elegance in a wine. Raising a glass to all for a healthy and safe last few weeks of August.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that today is the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. While this was not the final moment in the struggle to get the vote for many women, particularly women of color, it was nonetheless an important milestone in American history. The right to vote is so fundamental to our democracy that it seems today should be celebrated all the more when our votes being counted seem in question in the coming election. Raising a glass to women everywhere.


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Domaine Roy was the first winery I visited in Portland, Oregon in 2017 during the Society of Wine Educators conference. I was surprised at the size of the winery and sleek nature of the winery. I didn’t know much about it before we arrived and found the visit truly eye-opening. We tasted the Pinot Noir Incline 2014 it had rich fruit notes and a round mouthfeel. While 2014 in some parts of the wine world wasn’t considered a great vintage, as the year of my son’s birth, it is a very special vintage to me. We also tried the 2013 Pinot Noir and a Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton Incline. That one had great minerality and was beautiful, floral and fruity at the same time. It also showed some tea notes.

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The history behind Domaine Roy & Fils is very interesting. It began in 2012 when two sons, Marc-André Roy…

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Monday Musings: Due Gatti

This is the label for my home winery. I make a small amount of wine at my family's home in New Jersey where I have been living for the past almost five months during the Pandemic. Due Gatti means two cats. These are my two big furry ginger tabbies when they were babies. I made... Continue Reading →

#DrinkItalianDay On Ferragosto, August 15

Tomorrow is Ferragosto, a massive holiday in Italy. It is a holiday which commemorates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary for those who believe and for others it simply signifies the middle of August, a day when everything is closed and everyone is on vacation. During quarantine in mid-August, I am reminded me of those days... Continue Reading →

Sweet Wines from the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is such an incredibly beautiful place, rich in history with an amazing array of wines to taste, write about and enjoy. I've spent some time in the Loire but it's never enough. When I lived in Dijon in college I visited some of the famed chateaux and since then, I've visited a... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Negro Amaro from Puglia

I will be speaking at 5:00pm about Rosatos from Puglia together with my friend and colleague Silvia Baldini from Strawberry and Sage. We are doing an “Italian Aperitivo” Chat at 5:00pm on Zoom. There is still time to sign up at the Les Dames D’Escoffier New York Website, under upcoming events. Maybe I’ll see you later.



Puglia or Apulia as we would say in English is a beautiful part of Italy. This long region is among the top wine producing regions in Italy. A large part of the wines are made with indigenous varieties such as Primitivo and Negro Amaro, two red grapes that many people know and have tasted in various iterations. They are by no means the only indigenous varieties from the region however today is Negro Amaro day in our series on Italian Indigenous Varieties.

I have been lucky enough to visit Puglia a number of times. Each time I visited the Salento. The photos above and below were taken in Lecce, a gorgeous city during the day and at night with its warm blond stones. I love Lecce and highly recommend visiting, even if your main focus is wine and food or a beach vacation – Lecce and Otranto, both in the…

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