Wine & Food: Lugana DOC & Chinese Food

I hosted a dinner this evening at a well-known Chinese restaurant called Jing Fong in Chinatown.  I had help from a friend, Pinny Tam, who pens a blog called Chinese and Wine Pairings.  I think I speak for all 10 people at the dinner when I say no one will need to eat until two... 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 →

Exploring Garganega – Soave

Garganega, a grape variety that hails from the Veneto region is the star of today's post. Garganega is the principal grape used to make Soave, an Italian white wine that we are all familiar with in the United States. According to DNA studies, it is related to Grecanico which is a grape variety widely used... 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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