Thanksgiving Wines: New World Sparkler, Pinot Noir & Port

We started our Thanksgiving feast with this Brut Rosé bubbly from Graham Beck. I loved its salmon hue and fruity notes together with a nice perlage, structure and length. It's a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their properties in Robertson and Stellenbosch. The wine is made using whole cluster pressing. The winemaker Pieter... Continue Reading →

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé

Today is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the third Thursday in November. Today's wine was the first Beaujolais I had this year. According to French law, this wine made from Gamay grapes can be released at 12:01 a.m., quite soon after the harvest. Many are quite critical of Beaujolais Nouveau and it's fresh, fruity style. I am... Continue Reading →

Happy Champagne Day!

Happy Champagne Day was first started eight years ago to appreciate this sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region in France. The Champagne bureau is very active in their promotions yet I need no convincing. I love sparkling wines and I love to celebrating life with Champagne. I love this particular one quite a... Continue Reading →

Women In Wine Fridays: Ilaria Petitto from Donnachiara (Campania)

Looking forward to seeing Ilaria later today, tasting her wines and learning about all the changes in the winery with her new enologist Riccardo Cotarella.

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It’s been a very busy couple of weeks with Vinitaly and my Italian trip in the middle as well as the holidays. So much to tell but for today I wanted to post an interview with Ilaria Pettito from Donnachiara. I met Ilaria about four years ago at an event in NYC and have seen her numerous times throughout the years as she is always traveling and promoting her wines. I was able to say hello to her at this year’s Vinitaly as well in the Irpinia Pavilion. As always, Ilaria was lovely and gracious, just like her wines. The above picture was taken at VinoVip2013 in Cortina this summer.

I also think Aglianico is a great wine for the Easter meal if one is having traditional fare.

1. How did you get into the wine business?

I’m in the wine business since 2007 when I decided to…

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