Lambrusco from Vitivinicola Rota – #ItalianFWT

Today's monthly #ItalianFWT blogger group is concentrating on Lambrusco, in anticipation of Lambrusco Day which is June 21st. Jennifer from Vino Travels, our host, posted this primer here. I have been drinking Lambrusco for a long time. I've always appreciated it both as a stand alone wine and for pairing with certain foods such as... Continue Reading →

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Italian Indigenous Varieties: Nebbiera Nera

This week's variety is one I had never heard of called Nebbiera Nera. As you might expect from the name, its a cross between Nebbiolo and Barbera made by Professor Giovanni Dalmasso at the Istituto Sperimentale per la Viticoltura in Conegliano in 1938. The idea was to incorporate some of the rustic qualities of Barbera... Continue Reading →

Bianco di Pitigliano for Passover

I discovered the wines from Pitigliano in the Maremma in the early 1990s when I was lucky enough to visit the town during a weekend trip. I was on the trail of the Etruscans, an ancient people that populated these towns a few thousand years earlier. My Mom studied the Etruscans in graduate school when... Continue Reading →

Wine Wednesday: Lis Neris Turns 140!

This is an old photo of Alvaro and his daughter Federica from Lis Neris at Vinitaly in 2008. I met Alvaro in 2007 and consider him a friend. His winery is celebrating their 140th year, 1879-2019. I got to spend some time speaking with Alvaro this week at the various Slow Wine events where I was working for... Continue Reading →

Exploring the Wines of Valtellina

Nebbiolo from the AlpsValtellina seems to be getting more attention than it used to and I for one think that was long overdue. I first discovered the area thanks to a friend who lives there over 20 years ago. They make wonderful wines and the landscape is breathtaking. Now that the  New York Times is giving it a lot more coverage, I am sure many people will be going to the area to visit and to drink the amazing wines from there. I certainly hope so.

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Vigneto Sassella Sommarovina

I first visited Valtellina with someone whose family had a home there in 1998. We went to Sondrio, drove around and visited wineries. The views were incredible and the terracing spectacular.  I wasn’t yet working in the wine business but I was studying wine in Milan at a local wine school. This wasn’t primarily a wine trip but we did visit a number of wineries and it was among the first wine trips I have ever been on. At the time, we didn’t visit Mamete Prevostini’s winery but it was the first I had heard of it. Fast forward 19 years and I decide to do a presentation on wines from Lombardy for the Society of Wine Educators conference. The first winery that came to mind was Mamete Prevostini for a few years. First because the wines are wonderful, second they are available in the US, third he is the…

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