Italian Indigenous Varieties: Negretto Nero from Emilia Romagna

This week's indigenous variety is called Negretto Nero. It hails from Emilia Romagna and is generally seen around the province of Bologna and in the hills near Ravenna. The name comes from the fact that the grape is very dark skinned. I've never had a wine made from this variety but it is said to... Continue Reading →

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Spirited Sundays: Vecchia Romagna

This week's post for my spirited Sunday is  Vecchia Romagna. This brandy is one of the most ubiquitous ones you see in Italy. Every single bar has a bottle of Stravecchio, Vecchia Romagna and many Amaro brands. It is as common as vodka or any other spirit in Italian bars. It has a very long... Continue Reading →

Wine of the Weekend: Aulente from San Patrignano made from Sangiovese From Emilia Romagna

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I just shared a bottle of Aulente Rosso IGT from San Patrignano with a friend last night and paired it with Peruvian chicken. A lovely combination and I thought I would post this blog about Sangiovese in Romagna.

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One of my biggest discoveries this Vinitaly was just how good wines can be from Emilia Romagna. I had generally overlooked Emilia as a wine region, my mistake, and aside from great Lambrusco, had tended not given its wines their due. That said, I love Emilia Romagna and spent a great year of my life in graduate school there at SAIS in Bologna.

I also spent a fair number of summers on the Adriatic at Lido degli Estensi and Lido delle Nazioni and have fond memories of many experiences in that part of the world. Not least, I am a huge fan of some musicians from Emilia Romagna, namely Vasco Rossi and the amazing Luciano Ligabue. Rockers Italian style, I feel like I am 16 when I listen to their music, check out this song from Vasco, Vivere and this one from Liga….

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Weddings, Friends & Nostalgia

I haven't written in a long while it seems but I was working very hard before going on a 10 day trip to Il Bel Paese. I'm staying with friends at the moment near my second home, Milan. My dear friend Silvia got married yesterday in Bobbio, a beautiful little town near Piacenza to a... Continue Reading →

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