Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is widely celebrated in Italy and is a public holiday. The day commemorates when Mary, the mother of Jesus, was graced by God to lead a life “free of sin” according to Catholic belief but yet gets pregnant with Baby Jesus on this day. Nowhere is... Continue Reading →

Vermentino Outside of Italy

Vermentino Grapes I wrote an article about Vermentino in the World outside of Italy for Civilta del Bere, an Italian wine magazine of long renown. It was published this week. It's in Italian and I am proud of it so I am putting it up here. They publish long issues around grape varieties and other... 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 →

Vinitaly Day 2: Sparkling Wines Abound

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 →

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 →

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