I hosted a dinner this evening at a well-known Chinese restaurant called Jing Fong in Chinatown last year on this day. I had help from a friend, Pinny Tam, who pens a blog called Chinese and Wine Pairings. It was an exquisite experience in all ways - wine, food and company. So much has changed in... Continue Reading →
Once upon a time, in 2009, I started to write a column for an online website called Alta Cucina. I wrote about Italian indigenous grape varieties because I was amazed at how many there are and their link to individual terroirs and the stories behind them. Fast forward 11 years and I am on the... Continue Reading →
I am finally back to posting about Italian Indigenous Varieties. I haven't written a post in this series since May so I imagine it will be 2024 before I get through all the varieties. My goal for the rest of 2018 is to finish the letters N and O and to be in the varieties... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
This week's variety hails Le Marche under the name, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba. I work with a great producer of these wines in Le Marche, Velenosi Vini. I don't write about producers that I promote however but I will link to another person's article on the wines.