As the year rolls on, everyone always talks about big reds as the winter approaches or sparkling wines. I like winter whites as an evergreen theme as well.Not only because I work with many white wine clients but because I like to pair white wines with a huge variety of foods. I will drink red... Continue Reading →
I just got home from a holiday party held at Loi Estiatorio for Les Dames d’Escoffier. Maria Loi the owner is a dame of long standing. I was nominated and accepted into the organization in 2014. I'm thrilled to be part of this group and enjoy promoting its mission. The beginning of the holiday season... Continue Reading →
One of the parts of Italian life I miss most is the concept of "ponti" or long weekends where you go on a "gita fuori porta" meaning you take a brief but exciting trip to another city or country. At the beginning of the year, everyone begins counting how many long "ponti" there are in... Continue Reading →
I’d like to repost this blog I wrote some years ago. I always think of the fallen at Pearl Harbor on this day.
December 7th is always a strange day. On the one hand, I think of Pearl Harbor, the day that will live in infamy and how the USA got into World War II and all that that meant and all the lives that were lost on this day. My great Uncle was at Pearl Harbor. It was the signature event of his lifetime. His license plate even spoke of it.
On the other, I think of my adopted city of Milan which celebrates its patron saint on this day, Sant’Ambrogio. I lived in Milan for about 10 years so I got very used to its people, their culture and habits. In fact, I feel like I too should be having a long holiday weekend as my friends in Italy are doing at this time. December 7th is also the start of Opera season in Milan at La Scala. It is also…
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I love sweet wines of all kinds. The wine pictured above was my first oak aged ice wine and it came from Peller Estates in Canada. I tried it this past summer during the Society of Wine Educators conference which was held in Rochester, New York. This wine is made from a grape I have... Continue Reading →
Tonight I am going to spend the evening tasting some great wines and eating marvelous food. I'm involved in a project thanks to my friend Roberto Cipresso who I met 11 years ago in Argentina by chance. My friend was looking to import Argentinean wines into Italy so we had the pleasure of meeting with... Continue Reading →
Today is #CabernetFranc day I found out from my friend Lauren Walsh of The Swirling Dervish. Let's be clear, I am not drinking Cheval Blanc as I write this post but remember a small and exquisite taste I had of it at the New York Wine Experience held by the Wine Spectator this past October.... Continue Reading →
This week I have been thinking about wine as a holiday gift. I always bring wine when going to a dinner party or when invited to someone's home but I don't always give it as a gift. When I do gift a wine, it's usually because I know someone is a fan of a particular... Continue Reading →
Today's Italian indigenous grape variety is Nocera which hails from Sicily. The flag above is called the Trinacria and is the Sicilian flag. The three legs symbolize the space of the Sicilian island and the red and yellow sections, Palermo and Corleone, respectively. Those two cities were crucial in the fight against foreign rule -... Continue Reading →