I’ve always had a thing about Basilicata. Many people know the region because it is home to the city of Matera, a beautiful city and absolutely worth a visit. Sadly Matera has been in terrible straights these past few weeks because of flooding. Matera was as badly hit as Venice but we didn't hear about... Continue Reading →
Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful most of the time for all that life has provided and on this day, I remember to say it about all the food on my table and all the lovely wines that come into my life. I was thinking of writing about one topic today but then changed my mind.... Continue Reading →
For the last month of this year's #ItalianFWT group, we are going to be talking about wines from lesser known Italian regions. Here are a six fun facts about Italy and its geography as a way to get you to think about what impacts each wine growing region and which region you want to write... Continue Reading →
Last week I had the good luck to meet Luca Paschina for the third time at an event in New York on wines from Virginia. All of the wines showed beautifully but I have a soft spot for those from Barboursville both because they are extremely well- made wines and because they were my first... Continue Reading →
I can’t wait to drink a glass of Beaujolais nouveau today. I’m a big fan of Beaujolais both the nouveau and the crus. Today’s nicer weather makes it a perfect day for Beaujolais.
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 not among those who critique this cheerful wine. I’m not going to lay it down either but as with much of life, it’s all about expectations and as we know, that is the key to success in every area. Sante’! Here’s a nice press release on Beaujolais and George Duboeuf who did so much to bring it to our shores. Also an article in USA Today that goes more indepth into this fun day.
This week's Wine Wednesday is dedicated to Venissa, Venice's vineyard which I visited this summer and which has had dramatic flooding these past weeks with the high water levels in the lagoon of Venice. I spent about 10 days in Venice this summer. Part of it on the Dorsoduro and part in Murano. I have... Continue Reading →
So much is happening in Italy right now in terms of flooding that I have decided to feature some of the areas that are most hit. Later today I will write a piece about my recent visit to Venissa - a winery in the Venetian Lagoon on an island called Mazzorbo. The winery is in... Continue Reading →
Great post by Lauren about Lugana and La Palapa. What a treat those dishes were!!
Last week I had the distinct pleasure of joining a small group of Manhattan wine lovers for a cross-cultural pairing dinner featuring the white wines of Lugana, in northern Italy, and authentic Mexican dishes.
Ghoulish decor at La Palapa – probably a remnant of Día de los Muertos!
Susannah Gold, east coast brand ambassador for Lugana wines, loves to add a spin to traditional pairing menus by pouring her wines with an assortment of spices, flavors, and cooking styles. At one of her recent events, she served Lugana wines alongside traditional Chinese food – a great success, according to all who attended.
When I received the invitation to taste-test the liquid gold wines of Lugana with Barbara Sibley’s highly-rated fare at La Palapa, I responded “yes” right away!
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I was near the start of the parade in New York and stood to watch for a bit. I hate war but boy I am proud of our veterans. It was very touching to see people, mostly men, of all strips, colors, ages and in all kinds of shape together. I salut our veterans and... Continue Reading →