For today's #ItalianFWT online conversation, we are dishing about Brachetto d’Acqui , a D.O.C.G from Piedmont which finds its maximum espression around the town of Acqui Terme. The Grape and the Wine The grape is called Brachetto and is used to make the wine called Brachetto d’Acqui. The grape is native to Piedmont, in particular... Continue Reading →
The theme this month’s Italian Food, Wine and Travel (#ItalianFWT) group of food and wine writers is Italian Sparkling Wines. I love sparkling wine and could drink it at every meal and throughout the meal. Today I am writing out one of my favorite sparkling wines although it is really frizzante usually rather than sparkling, Lambrusco as... Continue Reading →
As Vinitaly moved into its second day, I searched for bubbles from all areas of the peninsula. While Prosecco, Franciacorta and Trento DOC all have their obvious allure, I’m interested in tasting all kinds of sparklers from indigneous varieties and international ones or blends from the various regions. There are no shortage of bubbles to... Continue Reading →
Guido Berlucchi has always been one of my favorite Italian brands. When I lived in Milan, this was one of two wines on every single restaurant and bar list. If I asked for a sparkling wines, the baristas would always say Berlucchi o Ferrari. I celebrated every occasion with one or the other and got... Continue Reading →
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!
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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Today is an Italian national holiday known as la Festa della Repubblica. It celebrates theday in 1946 when Italians voted to become a republic. In Italy, most people go on holiday for a long weekend, affectionately known as il ponte or the bridge. Most take tomorrow off to make it a four day affair. Today... Continue Reading →
I love eating outside and this weekend is supposed to be really hot so I am only in the mood for whites - particularly sparkling wine, of all kinds. I think your party hosts will agree with me and a bottle of something bubbly will do the trick. There are so many sparklers in the... Continue Reading →