Today's wine Wednesday is dedicated to Il Chiaretto from the Azienda Agricola Pasini San Giovanni. The wine is made from a blend of indigenous varieties: Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera and Sangiovese. To be a Valtènesi some 50% of the blend must be from Groppello (either Gentile and/or Mocasina). As a grape, Groppello has a thin skin... Continue Reading →
I'm really excited to visit one of my family haunts this evening for dinner. It's my Dad's birthday and he loves this restaurant. The restaurant in question is Parma. It opened in 1977 and I think my family has been eating there ever since then. I haven't been in nine years and am looking forward... Continue Reading →
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.
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.
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This week's Wine Wednesday is about Lambrusco Mantovano from Azienda Agricola Pagliare Verdieri. The family has 15 hectares near Oglio in the Po river valley. Since 1986, Mimma has been working with her Mother in law on their farm which is certified organic from ICEA. They grow a host of crops, among them, wine grapes.... Continue Reading →
This week's indigenous variety is Melara Bianco which hails from the province of Piacenza in Emilia Romagna. It is used in the denomination Colli Piacentini DOC and Vin Santo di Vigoleno. As a grape, Melara is well suited to being dried and used in sweet wines such as Vin Santo, together with other local varieties.... Continue Reading →
Like so many others in the wine industry and beyond, my thoughts are with all those impacted by the fires in California. The impact on the wine industry will take time to unfold but the immediate loss of life and people's homes, neighborhoods, schools, crops and businesses takes my breath away.
I love the Strozzi palace, the building in the picture above with its rusticated stones. As someone who lived in Florence for many years and with a Florentine for even more, I consider myself in the know about the city and its surroundings. What I didn't know about when I lived there though was that... Continue Reading →
I guess it’s actually true that your first love can never really be replaced…In this case though, I’m talking about a city and a region. I was thinking about Florence today and was reminded of why I moved there and never left Italy for 15 years. Our love affair began over 25 years ago but... Continue Reading →
I have known Luca Formentini for about two years now thanks to his role as the President of the Consorzio Tutela Lugana DOC. Today though, I am writing about Luca and his family winery, Selva Capuzza. The Formentini Family has been running the winery since 1917. This year was their 100th vintage. They also have... Continue Reading →