After an intense 18 day trip to Switzerland and Italy, I celebrated my birthday with the family at the Bronx Botanical Gardens. While the wine list is what you might expect, the scenary can't be beat and there is a fantastic exhibit by Dale Chihuly. Highly recommend for all.
I have been fortunate enough to celebrate La Fête Nationale Francaise – Le Quatorze Juillet, a holiday marking the anniversary of the fall on July 14, 1789 of the Bastille, in Paris on a number of occasions. As readers of this blog know, I was a Francophile in my early life and majored in French... Continue Reading →
I wrote this post two years ago. So much has changed in my life and in the USA. It's breathtaking. Read my piece here.
I have had the pleasure of spending Easter in Rome a number of times. The city is very crowded with tourists and often school children. "La Settimana Santa" or the Holy Week is considered a perfect time to visit the Eternal City. Many hope to see the Pope who is in residence and gives Mass... Continue Reading →
December 8 is the Immaculate Conception and therefore I am thinking of the holidays almost upon us. I love the holiday season, the chill in the air, Christmas trees everywhere and of course, flowing sparkling wine. Some of my favorite places to go to in New York during the holidays include the Metropolitan Museum with... Continue Reading →
While today's weather hasn't been perfect, it does remind me of many Easter Monday picnics I used to have when I lived in Italy. Traditionally a holiday, most Italians go out for a picnic with friends and/or family. There is a saying in Italian, "Natale con i tuoi, pasqua dove vuoi" which translated actually means... Continue Reading →
This article first ran in the former iteration of the Somm Journal a while ago. That said, thinking about what to drink after today's feast, Amaro came to mind. The story of the Amaro category is really a tale of two beverages – one in it’s native Italy and another in other nations such as... Continue Reading →
I love the Thanksgiving holiday as most Americans do. Of course, there is the traffic, the too much food and generations of family that all make it hard but that's also what makes it so great. I'm excited that we will be 40 people at our table(s) this year. While I know there will be... Continue Reading →
Happy Fourth of July. Today is of course, a day to drink American wine and celebrate our country. We started the day with a favorite song, "This Land Is Your Land." Love the wine your with...is a pretty good motto for July 4th when you may be at a barbecue with less than stellar wines.... Continue Reading →