Mardi Gras, Carnevale

Mardi Gras or Carnevale as they call it in Italy always reminds me of how and when I really fell in love with the country. I went to Florence on the last day of Carnevale, Fat Tuesday, over 25 years ago and fell madly in love with the country. I was studying French in Dijon,... Continue Reading →

Callas From Monte delle Vigne In Emilia


I wrote this post on Monte delle Vigne some nine years ago. On Friday I tasted Callas again. It had won a Tre Bicchieri award from Gambero Rosso and was on display at the event on March 1st.  It’s always fun to try wines at a long interval of years and find that wines you wrote about years ago are still among your favorites.



Thanks to some Italian contacts in New York, I was directed to the Emilia Romagna building at Vinitaly with a specific goal – to taste the wines of Monte delle Vigne, a winery located in Emilia Romagna near the city of Parma. Emilia has never been considered an optimum location for the production of still wines but has been largely well known for its Lambrusco of different denominations and coming from different indigenous clones.

This Vinitaly I was interested in visiting some of the lesser known regions or at least those that I have less of an occasion to taste in the US. I remember quite well my days in Emilia. I lived in the lovely city of Bologna for a year when I was in graduate school at SAIS.

Monte delle Vigne was started in 1973 by Andrea Ferrari who firmly believed that he had a found an…

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Anteprime Toscane 2019: Maremma DOC

The first day of the Anteprime Toscane is one of my favorites.  We have the opportunity to try wines from many different areas in Tuscany, including Maremma DOC. This designation was assigned in September 2011. There has been a Maremma IGT since 1995. The Consorzio that monitors the area is called the Consorzio di Tutela Vini... Continue Reading →

Basilicata Stories 2018: First Edition

Basilicata is a lovely region in Southern Italy with some great wines made from Aglianico in primis and other wine grapes as well. I've had many wines from this region although never as many as this part April during Basilicata Stories 2018, a new initiative that is related to Campania Stories and is run by... Continue Reading →

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