Wines of Lombardy: Lambrusco Mantovano DOC

Continuing on our tour of Lombard wines, today's topic is Lambrusco Mantovano. The area is on the right bank of Po River, in the lower Eastern Po valley.  In 1987, Lambrusco Mantovano was awarded DOC status although the Lambrusco grape was cultivated in this area many decades before. The Consortium was founded in 2012. As... Continue Reading →

Wines of Lombardy: San Colombano DOC

Milano. My home for 10 years, a city I still feel a part of, home to many,  many close friends and dozens of work colleagues and acquaintances, site of a myriad of experiences, evenings, days. My second city really. I can't bear to watch what is happening there now. My way of dealing with this... Continue Reading →

Monday Musings: Aged White Wines

Today's Monday musings is about aging white wines. During a recent class from the Vinitaly International Academy, part of our exam was to choose three Italian white varieties to watch. To me that also meant three Italian varieties that can age. My group choose our three - Garganega, Fiano and Verdicchio. In keeping with that... Continue Reading →

Buona Pasqua, Happy Easter

Today was Easter, a holiday I love actually. In the past on this day I have gone to hear gospel music in churches throughout Manhattan or a particular Pastor speak and often I have been visiting with friends in Italy sharing a particularly spectacular meal. Today I was in Pennsylvania with different generations of my... 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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