National Prosecco Week Is Here June 11-16th

Some years ago I had the good fortune to work with Prosecco DOC on a Super Bike event at Laguna Beach. Having never attended a super bike race, I found the event both scary and thrilling. I know the partnership continues to this day and recently saw pictures of the Prosecco DOC consortium President Stefano... Continue Reading →

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Exploring Garganega – Soave

Garganega, a grape variety that hails from the Veneto region is the star of today's post. Garganega is the principal grape used to make Soave, an Italian white wine that we are all familiar with in the United States. According to DNA studies, it is related to Grecanico which is a grape variety widely used... Continue Reading →

Campania Stories 2018: Campi Flegrei

The area known as the Campi Flegrei (meaning Phlegraean Fields) is one of Italy's most beautiful DOCs, including the islands in the Bay of Naples like Capri, Procida and Ischia. Campi Flegrei are on many people's minds today because they are the site of a very active volcano.  Wines have been made in this area... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Malvasia Bianca B.

This week's variety hails from Southern Italy. It is called Malvasia Bianca B and is a biotype that is not related to other Malvasias. This one grows in Sicily, Calabria, Campania and Puglia, specifically in the provinces of Brindisi, Catanzaro, Cosenza, Crotone, Lecce, Siracusa, Vibo V., Avellino, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Reggio Calabria, Salerno, and Trapani.... Continue Reading →

Milano, Sant’Ambrogio, Pearl Harbor

I wrote this post back in 2010 and it still all rings true to me. I would love to toast my Great Uncle Murray, a Pearl Harbor survivor today. It would be great to be at La Scala again as well. Maybe one day I will attend La Prima. Intanto, cin cin!

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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.

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 taking Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off 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 the opening of the ski season. I spent many a year skiing at a friend’s home…

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