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 →

Campania Stories 2018: Sannio Province + Sub-regions

Campania as I wrote in other posts this week is an incredibly rich region of Italy. I had never quite realized just how rich until I went to Campania Stories this April. Among the provinces, Sannio, the home of the Samnites, a pre-historic people that lived in the area before the Romans, is one of... Continue Reading →

Day 1: Vinitaly begins in Tuscany

This is my 11th Vinitaly with my friend Susanna Crociani who owns a winery in Montepulciano and makes wonderful Nobile di Montepulciano using traditional grape varieties. We get to the fair early, set up and go in our own directions. I always learn something new from Susanna. She’s very creative and always thinking of new... Continue Reading →

Italian Indigenous Varieties: Kerner

Kerner is a grape that was created in Germany in 1969 by crossing Schiava Grossa or Trollinger with Riesling. It came to Italy early on and has been considered an Italian national varietal since 1981.  It is often made into a mono-varietal wine and at times is blended with other varieties. It is similar to... Continue Reading →

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