Italian Indigenous Varieties: Bonamico From Pisa

It's Thursday and that means indigenous varieties over here at Avvinare. The latest grape that I've learned about is called Bonamico nero. It hails from Tuscany, specifically from the area around Pisa. It tends to be cultivated in the plains and lower hills. It is a blending grape that is quite vigorous but has little... Continue Reading →

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Tuscany Still Has A Hold On Me Like No Other

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. Last week, I was in Florence for all of 9 hours, enough to remind me of why I moved there and never left Italy for 15 years. Our love affair... Continue Reading →

Vinitaly Day 4: Changing Climate

For anyone who is in Italy this week, the temperatures on the one hand are gorgeous and exciting. On the other however, 91 degrees in April during Vinitaly is an intense experience and is out of the ordinary . Vinitaly normally lasts from Thursday to Monday. As many people have discovered through the years, Saturday... Continue Reading →

Vinitaly Nights: Fuorisalone In Citta’

I have been to Vinitaly for the last five years in a row. Every year is very different from the previous one, somewhat like vintage variations. Some years it is raining and other years it is almost Summer it seems. Additionally, sometimes Nature intervenes and puts a pale on the events such as the earthquake... Continue Reading →

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