Happy New Year – Celebrating With Italian Wines

I love to start holiday meals with bubbles and as always Ferrari graced my Mom's table for the New Year's meal that we celebrated last night. Ferrari has been a staple in our lives for many years. I am never disappointed when I drink a bottle of this wine, made from 100% Chardonnay grapes grown... Continue Reading →

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Italian Indigenous Grapes: Pecorino from Le Marche, Abruzzo

This week's indigenous variety is called Pecorino. It hails mainly from Le Marche and from Abruzzo but there are also plantings in Liguria, Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria. An early ripening grape, it is not susceptible to downy or powdery mildew. The grape has nothing to do with the cheese of the same name, Pecorino, other... Continue Reading →

Buon Ferragosto A Tutti! Going Fishing

Today is the quintessential Italian holiday, Ferragosto. What is Ferragosto you might ask, well according to Wikipedia: "The Catholic Church celebrates this date as a Holy Day of Obligation to commemorate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary—the actual physical elevation of her sinless soul and incorruptible body into Heaven. Before the Roman Catholic Church... Continue Reading →

Mother’s Day, Gruner and Riesling

A happy Mother's day to my sister and my mother, both interested in imbibing along with me through the years, one way in which we bond at every occasion. I spent yesterday with my mother, buying her lilacs and chatting about life. One of our favorite topics over the last 15 years has been wine.... Continue Reading →

Back In The Eternal City – Roma

I'm back in the eternal city and too excited and overwhelmed to sleep. I've in fact been up reading since 400am but no matter life is to be enjoyed "anche durante le ore piccole" or the wee hours of the night. I've been in town just two days staying with riends from Italy and hanging... Continue Reading →

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