Every year when I go to Vinitaly in April, I see old clients, always look and meet new clients and often try to attend various conferences and spend time trying wines I know little about. This year in particular it was a very crowded trip, also because it was shorter than usual for me. One... Continue Reading →
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.
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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Emilia-Romagna usually brings to mind great food rather than great wines. I would argue that while that might have been true in the past, the region has made great strides in recent decades. I just found an old copy of a Kyle Phillip's International Wine Review from 2002 in which he reviewed, mostly favorably a... Continue Reading →
Colombana Nera is a red grape variety grown in Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, primarily although it is also permitted in the Denominazione Controllata (D.O.C.) wine from Colli di Luni in Southern Liguria. It is a vigorous variety when it grows unchecked. It has a thick skin but produces a light colored wine oddly enough. It... Continue Reading →
I can't stop thinking about Emilia Romagna. Today's news of another earthquake, this time deep in the sea, off the coast of Ravenna. Ravenna is one of my favorite cities, the home of a number of my friends and home to inestimable art treasures. Luckily it seems that no one and nothing was terribly damaged... Continue Reading →
I've finally had more time to read the news and look at the devastating pictures of Emilia Romagna. Scary. According to this story published yesterday on the Wine Enthusiast's website, much of the damage has been to the cheese industry rather than the wine industry although some producers have naturally been impacted severely. Here is... Continue Reading →
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 →
I have decided to expand the blog to include reviews of Italian restaurants. Here's one that I wrote for the Alta Cucina Society website on Michael White's Ai Fiori in the Setai on 5th Avenue and 37th Street. White has created a mini empire in New York restaurants as the owner of Osteria Morini, Ai... Continue Reading →
It finally feels like winter has arrived and I decided to ring in the season with a Ragu alla Bolognese. My friend Teresa from Rome and I had just had a conversation last weekend about Ragu and my Mom, the day after Thanksgiving, also declared a desire to make Ragu. I jumped on the band... Continue Reading →