Wine Wednesday: Valtènesi Chiaretto DOC, Il Chiaretto from Azienda Agricola Pasini San Giovanni

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 →

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Parma NYC – Here We Come

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 →

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.

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Thoughts & Prayers for California

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.  

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