Avvinare is a blog by Susannah Gold, a wine writer, educator, brand ambassador, publicist and certified Italian sommelier.  This blog started as a way to stay connected to all things Italian, after having left il bel paese. Avvinare is an Italian word which means to rinse your glass and prepare it to receive wine. This blog will hopefully allow you to swirl something new into your cup of knowledge, quench your thirst for a few more things Italian and learn something about the wonderful women in the wine business, both Italian and others.  I’ve been writing this blog for 13 years now, about wines from all over the world. I run a communications company called Vigneto Communications focused on promoting wine and food products.  I also have a site, SusannahGold.com, where I list all the articles I write, webinars I host, and other more personalized services for the trade and consumers. During these 13 years I have studied in many wine schools. I completed the Diploma in Wines & Spirits (DipWSET) from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), the Italian Wine Ambassador qualification from Vinitaly International Academy, the CSW and CSS certifications from the Society of Wine Educators, the Italian Wine Scholar and the French Wine Scholar certificate from the Wine Scholar Guild, a Spanish wine certification from the Spanish Wine Academy and  a Certification as a Sherry Wine Specialist from the House of Lustau. I am currently enrolled in the CWE program at the Society of Wine Educators and the Spanish Wine Scholar program at the Wine Scholar Guild.  Look for series I write called Monday Musings about topics in wine, Wine Wednesday about specific wines, Women in Wine Fridays about women in the business and my posts with four blogging groups on Saturdays: First Saturday of the Month – Italian Food Wine Travel (#ItalianFWT), Second Saturday of the Month – Wine Pairing Weekend (#WinePW), Third Saturday of the Month – French Winophiles (#Winophiles),  and Fourth Saturday of the Month – World Wine Travel (#WorldWineTravel). Sunday Sips is usually dedicated to Spain or a New World region. I have started to write about two States each month, as the United States now makes wine in all 50 states. Look for posts on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


  1. Hi Susannah,

    what a great blog you have created. Welcome to the club.
    I got married in Italy and ever since my wife Margit and I, we are aficionados of this great country. I love your stories. Keep on blogging.

  2. Ciao Susannah,

    I was with you in Liguria, during the pleasant sailing boat week-end. In addition to what you wrote about the Vermentino, might I suggest to test the rare red version, less known than the white one but much more appreciated.
    I “worship” your blog 🙂



  3. Hello Susannah,

    Just wanted to say I had a great time at the Gianni Brunelli wine tasting last night at Napa. Please tell Laura that is was a great pleasure to meet her and that I would love to visit her winery one day.


  4. Aniello,
    I am glad you enjoyed the tasting and Laura’s fabulous wines. I will certainly let her know how much you enjoyed the dinner. Take care and happy winemaking, Susannah

  5. Great Blog! I have been trying to locate a Pinot from the Northern Region of Italy–Mason Manincor. I enjoyed a bottle at my favorite resturant in the Design District of Miami–Fratelli Lyon, but cannot find it in any fine wine shop in Miami. Do you know anything about this wine and the winery?

    • I love wines from Liguria. I have written about them actually, Colli Lunae specifically but you are right I should write more. Thanks for the comment. Susannah

    • Josephine,
      Thanks so much for writing. I will look into good pinots and red available in China. Most of it will be French. The French got an early start in China compared to the Italians or anyone else for that matter. Your blog is fantastic. I’m going to follow your travels, how exciting. China or better Hong Kong is actually the hippiest place to be in the wine scene.
      Stay well, Susannah

      • Susannah, thanks. I’m hoping to get to Hong Kong this spring actually. Thanks for the suggestion. ~Jos

  6. I was recently in Italy & had a great bottle of wine.
    it was Cantina Terracina Merlot. Now I’m back in the US & cannot find it any where. If you know where I can order/buy it from it would greatly appreciated.

  7. Susannah:
    Grazie mille for follow – love your site! Any words of wisdom on becoming a sommelier? Please feel free to email:lmarcher@me.com.

  8. Hi Susanna, first of all my compliments for this blog is very nice and you write very well!!! I can feel the passion of a wine lover who loves Italia the most exciting country for people are always looking for something….
    I work in UK but i’ll be in Vinitaly for business but please give me advise of something that I really have to taste and I will find the time, e sarebbe una perfetta scusa per incontrarci e parlare di vino!!!
    Cin cin!

  9. Susanna: Love your blog! Ever consider guest blogging? My blog (binNotes.com)focuses onFrench Wine; would love avvinare.com guest blog sometime on Italian wines. Cheers, Lyn

  10. Hi Susannah,
    I discover your blog. I am impressed with your in-depth knowledge of Italian wines. A great read.
    I have a small wine retail business in Grenoble, France, with a focus on wines from the Alps, from Italy to Slovenia. I love I Clivi, Selvadolce, and Foradori. And also the wines from Tenute Sella !

    Keep wining,

  11. Hi Susannah,

    Great Blog! I’ve just discovered it and it’ a great reading. Do you know Valle d’Aosta, and Maison Anselmet have a look at the web site I’m sure you’ll love the wines. Salute! MA

  12. Hi Susannah,

    I love your blog! I know it’s mostly about Italian wines, but if you’re interested in branching out, I thought I would let you know about my environmental wine company, Proud Pour. The short story – we address urgent environmental issues with wine. Our first product, “OYSTER”, a Central Coast CA Sauvignon Blanc, restores 100 oysters to NY per bottle, through a partnership with the Billion Oyster Project (http://www.billionoysterproject.org/). The long story – You can find here: http://proudpour.com/



  13. Hi Susannah,
    I saw your website https://avvinare.com and we love it. I can really see the love that you have for wine.

    My name is Fahed Khoury, I’m the CEO of Winetage™, a wine openers shop and wine lovers community.

    I saw that you have a wonderful wine blog in your website and wanted to offer you guest post with 500 words on any topic that will be interesting for your audience.

    Please get back to me to this mail if you are interested.


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