Nittardi Launches International Art Contest for its 40th Anniversary Wine Label

Nittardi Wine Estate is a boutique winery situated in the heart of the Chianti Classico region with 40 hectares of vineyards divided between Castellina in Chianti and Maremma in Tuscany. It was originally a defensive tower known as early as 1183 by the name of “Nectar Dei” (The Nectar of the God) between Florence and Sienna. In the 16th-century, the estate was owned̀ by one … Continue reading Nittardi Launches International Art Contest for its 40th Anniversary Wine Label

Beviamoci Sud 2022 in Rome: Highlighting the Southern Italian Wine Regions

Beviamoci Sud, which literally means “Let’s Drink South”, has finally opened its doors in Rome again after two years of hiatus due to the pandemic. In the weekend of 14 to 15 May 2022, Riserva Grande Agency organized the fourth edition of the wine event dedicated to the wines of Southern Italy at Hotel Villa Pamphili in collaboration with wine critics Andrea Petrini of Percorsi … Continue reading Beviamoci Sud 2022 in Rome: Highlighting the Southern Italian Wine Regions

The New Wines of Piandimare of Abruzzo: Villamagna DOC and Oltremare Pecorino

Piandimare came to life in 1986 when a few farmers wanted to cultivate unique vines to produce special wines. We are in Abruzzo, the central Italian region which borders the other regions, Lazio to the west, Marche to the north, Molise to the southeast and the Adriatic Sea to the east. The winery is located in Val di Foro, a valley nestled between the Majella … Continue reading The New Wines of Piandimare of Abruzzo: Villamagna DOC and Oltremare Pecorino

Traveling Around Slovenia: Getting To Know Its Rich Gastronomical Culture

A country’s gastronomy is hard to define in just a few words especially that of Slovenia which has so much heterogeneity. Slovenian cuisine is influenced by the diversity of the country’s history, environment and its neighboring cultures. It is almost land-locked by its neighbors in the west by Italy, Hungary in the east, Croatia in the south and Austria in the north. It shares a … Continue reading Traveling Around Slovenia: Getting To Know Its Rich Gastronomical Culture

Gina Restaurant: Gourmet Comfort Food a Step Away from Piazza di Spagna

Gina, stylishly spelled with light bulbs in a wide window generates a chic facade. The contemporary all-white minimalist look with splashes of black and gray accents give the 40-seat restaurant a modish nod to its diners. Played up with cushions and wood give the tone of a relaxed atmosphere. Fifteen years after its inauguration, Gina went through a redefinition of its concept. The refined restyling … Continue reading Gina Restaurant: Gourmet Comfort Food a Step Away from Piazza di Spagna

Discovering The Thermal Springs and Wines of The Volcanic Euganean Hills

If Padova, with its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is already a city that’s waiting to be explored, then just half an hour away to its southwest is another area that demands our attention. The Euganean Hills or Colli Euganei in Italian, are a group of hills of volcanic origin that formed about 35 million years ago. It is a now a regional park that covers … Continue reading Discovering The Thermal Springs and Wines of The Volcanic Euganean Hills

Ronchi Rò: Cuisine, Wines and Hospitality on the Vine-Clad Hills of Collio

A treasure trove in the middle of the green surroundings of Collio, Ronchi Rò offers a profound full immersion of the hilly area in the eastern edge of Friuli Venezia Giulia. It is is located in Dolegna del Collio, close to the border of Slovenia, and an hour’s drive from the city of Trieste and just a few minutes from the enchanting town of Cividale … Continue reading Ronchi Rò: Cuisine, Wines and Hospitality on the Vine-Clad Hills of Collio

Another Year of Success for Only Wine Festival in Città di Castello, Umbria

A celebratory atmosphere in the small Umbrian city of Città di Castello this weekend, 30 April to 2 May 2022, was due to the return of the face to face wine event Only Wine. It was held at Palazzo Vitelli a Sant’Egidio, a splendid 16th century palace built for the celebrated local cavalryman Paolo II Vitelli which faces a sprawling open-air green garden where attendees … Continue reading Another Year of Success for Only Wine Festival in Città di Castello, Umbria

Ristorante Friccico: A Little Haven of Oak-Fired Grill and Game Meat in Rome

If the food is already inviting, the dining room of Ristorante Friccico ties the whole package with a big red bow. Dressed like a Parisian bistrot, the casual dining at Friccico cozies up with the warmth of the oak-fired grill manned by Chef Simone La Rocca in the kitchen and the radiant service of Serena Moretti in the dining room. Partners both in life and … Continue reading Ristorante Friccico: A Little Haven of Oak-Fired Grill and Game Meat in Rome

Enoteca Quartino: Where Great Wine Labels Meet A Gastronomic Kitchen

Dedication to the great Italian and French wine labels with a modern gastronomic kitchen is the idea of Enoteca Quartino. Marco and Giacomo Wu, two brothers who were born and raised in Rome learned the ins and outs of their parents’ business of wine export to China and wholesale distribution of products for Chinese restaurants in Italy. Business minded themselves, they decided to conquer their … Continue reading Enoteca Quartino: Where Great Wine Labels Meet A Gastronomic Kitchen

The Lady of Brunello of Tenute Silvio Nardi With Her Expressions of Sangiovese

At a young age of twenty in 1985, Emilia Nardi, the youngest daughter of the eight children of the then 77-year old Silvio Nardi, entered her father’s thriving winery in Montalcino. The job was to be a distraction that a concerned father gave to her heartbroken daughter who just came out of a relationship. Here, she learned all the ropes of running a winery for … Continue reading The Lady of Brunello of Tenute Silvio Nardi With Her Expressions of Sangiovese

Tenuta Scuotto: Putting Irpinia’s Quintessential Characteristics in the Bottle

Oi Ni took me to Tenuta Scuotto a few years ago. It was not like the other Fiano wines I’ve tried. The complexity is impressive and as it ages more, it bears some similarities to Riesling. Its personality starts with the structure and acidity then moves you towards layers of ripe fruits and petroleum aromas. It is that kind of wine that’s waiting to narrate … Continue reading Tenuta Scuotto: Putting Irpinia’s Quintessential Characteristics in the Bottle

Domaines Paul Mas of Languedoc, France: Wines That Amplify the Excellence of the Region

The story of Domaines Paul Mas blossoms directly from its founder and owner, Jean-Claude Mas, a primary protagonist of the wine producing region of Languedoc in France. He comes from a family of wine producers in the town of Pézenas in Languedoc, France, starting with his great-grandfather Auguste Mas who has acquired the first family vineyard of 9 hectares in 1892. Further purchases of land … Continue reading Domaines Paul Mas of Languedoc, France: Wines That Amplify the Excellence of the Region

Uva Fiera 2022: Pride in Italian Monovarietal Wines

Uva Fiera, one of the most interesting wine events in Rome, has successfully concluded on the 14th of March 2022. The three-day event which started on the 12th of March took place in Città dell’Altra Economia where selected thirty wine producers coming from all over Italy participated with a tasting of a number of their wine labels. The event was conceptualized by La Pecora Nera … Continue reading Uva Fiera 2022: Pride in Italian Monovarietal Wines

Alessandro Pietropaoli Vitalizes the Gourmet Kitchen of Campocori Restaurant at Hotel Chapter Rome

A luxury hotel in the capital that resonates a cosmopolitan attitude, the two-year old Hotel Chapter of Marco Cilia located in the heart of Rome’s Ghetto, takes another step by opening its newest project – the opening of its restaurant, Campocori. The setting of Campocori reflects the comprehensive aspect of the hotel, highly artistic with an international inclination designed by South African designer Tristan Du … Continue reading Alessandro Pietropaoli Vitalizes the Gourmet Kitchen of Campocori Restaurant at Hotel Chapter Rome