Nas-Cëtta: Reviving a Great White Grape of Piedmont That Almost Went Extinct

Nas-cëtta or Nascetta is a semi-aromatic white grape that originates from the small town of Novello in the Piedmont region of Italy. Cultivated in the area for hundreds of years, it almost went extinct if not for the perseverance of a handful of wine producers of Novello who believed in its great capacity to become one of the greatest white wines of the region. It … Continue reading Nas-Cëtta: Reviving a Great White Grape of Piedmont That Almost Went Extinct

The Preview Tasting at the Anteprima Sagrantino 2017 in Montefalco

The beginning of the year 2021 amplifies the cautious step towards a new normality. One of them is the resumption of physical presence in wine tastings which puts the virtual tastings at the backseat. The Anteprima Sagrantino, organized by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Montefalco (consortium of Montefalco wine producers to safeguard and promote the wines) has been taking place in the Umbrian town of Montefalco … Continue reading The Preview Tasting at the Anteprima Sagrantino 2017 in Montefalco

The Classic Italian Cocktails-To-Go of Mixami

There’s always a good reason why classics stick around forever. They never go away however innovative the world around us is fast evolving. Don’t worry, we’re not old-fashioned. We just appreciate what is timelessly good. In this sense, Mixami has pegged what makes our palates recall memories of great days at the cocktail bar. For sure bartenders showing off their modern flair techniques behind the … Continue reading The Classic Italian Cocktails-To-Go of Mixami

Sensi Governato Toscano IGT 2018: Using The Old Traditional Chianti Vinification Method

Governato Toscano IGT 2018 is a product of Sensi’s passion to explore the best techniques in creating wine. With this particular vinification process, they used the “Governo all’Uso Toscano”, a vinification technique that goes back between 1834 to 1837 institutionalized by Baron Bettino Ricasoli. He divulged that the composition he considered as the most suitable for obtaining a good ready-to-drink red wine, which later became … Continue reading Sensi Governato Toscano IGT 2018: Using The Old Traditional Chianti Vinification Method

Tasting Umbria with the Wines of Torre Bisenzio

Umbria, the small Italian region with rolling green hills, medieval hilltop towns and thick forests, is one of Italy’s known regions for excellent food and wine culture. Often referred to as the “Green Heart of Italy”, it has a wide expanse of panoramic beauty of the countryside that overlooks neatly combed rows of vineyards and olive orchards mixed with the wilder green of nature. It … Continue reading Tasting Umbria with the Wines of Torre Bisenzio

The Beginning of a New Territorial Identity of Giusti Wines by Oenologist Graziana Grassini

“I chose Graziana (Grassini) for her combination of feminine grace, Tuscan dedication and international sensitivity. I came back to my homeland to give back some of the luck I got in my life, the result of years of commitment and sacrifice. My dream is that this little corner of Paradise, the Montello area, will become an international standard,” says Ermenegildo Giusti. Ermenegildo Giusti is an … Continue reading The Beginning of a New Territorial Identity of Giusti Wines by Oenologist Graziana Grassini

The Tedeschi Family’s 400 Years of Winemaking in Valpolicella, Italy

Riccardo, Sabrina and Antonietta Tedeschi, fifth generation of the Tedeschi Family, together with their father Lorenzo, have been keeping the family tradition of winemaking in Valpolicella for 400 years. It was in 1630 when their ancestors first purchased vines and two centuries later, in 1824, the company which bears the family name today was established by Nicolò Tedeschi. Indeed, they are one of the historical … Continue reading The Tedeschi Family’s 400 Years of Winemaking in Valpolicella, Italy

Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico: A Synthesis of Two Souls of the Territories

Like a number of avant-garde foreigners in Italy, the Bär-Bettschart family was struck by the beauty of Chianti as they decided to stop in the area and create wines themselves epitomizing the territory. In 1990, Gagliole winery was born which comprises of two distinct vineyards in a total of 20 hectares and 16 more for the olive groves. Divided in a diversity of vineyard characteristics … Continue reading Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico: A Synthesis of Two Souls of the Territories

The Six Different Personalities of Bellone at Cincinnato Winery

Cincinnato Winery, a wine cooperative led by Nazzareno Milita, has been producing wines in Cori in the Italian region of Lazio (about 70 kilometers from Rome) since 1947 with more than 550 hectares of land and 105 family growers of grapes. The cultivation is specific to the native grape varieties of the region which are mainly Nero Buono and Bellone, as well as Greco, Malvasia … Continue reading The Six Different Personalities of Bellone at Cincinnato Winery

Campania Stories 2020: Most Notable Wines From the Preview Tasting

After months of delay caused by the Covid-19 lockdown, this year’s Campania Stories edition took place on the first four days of September 2020 in Mec Paestum Hotel in the town of Paestum, an ancient Greek city on the coastal area of Magna Graecia. Campania Stories is an annual wine event that was conceptualized and organized by Miriade & Partners with the aim of presenting … Continue reading Campania Stories 2020: Most Notable Wines From the Preview Tasting

Pairing Tenuta Montemagno Invictus 2018 with Pan Seared Pork Chops and Smashed Potatoes

Nestled on the hills of Monferrato in Piedmont, Tenuta Montemagno is a producer of wines belonging to some of the acclaimed wines in Italy. Proprietor Tiziano Barea opened the winery and a relais in a restored 16th century farmhouse fitted with modern technology. Amidst the 100-hectare property, surrounded by rolling hills, hazelnut orchards, and sunflower fields, 17 hectares are dedicated to the cultivation of authochtonous … Continue reading Pairing Tenuta Montemagno Invictus 2018 with Pan Seared Pork Chops and Smashed Potatoes

Pairing Vini Raimondo Cybelle Rosato 2017 With Spring Vegetable Barley Salad

With the spring vegetables already available in the markets, there’s no better way to enjoy them than use them in salads wherein the high points of their tastes are celebrated. Vibrant green, crispy, sweet and extremely fresh in the mouth, the newly-harvested garden peas at the local farmer’s vegetable stand were a treasure in this green salad mixed with barley. Adding a bit of celery … Continue reading Pairing Vini Raimondo Cybelle Rosato 2017 With Spring Vegetable Barley Salad

Pairing Nardone Nardone Greco di Tufo 2017 with Caprese Salad & Asparagus with Olives

The Nardone Nardone Winery was founded in 2006 in Irpinia, in the area of Taurasi. Having grown in the vineyards, Mimmo carries on the work started by his grandfather Domenico and his father Vincenzo by making wine produced in their land. He aims to achieve excellence in the quality of the wine he produces and represent the traditions and qualities of territory where his wine … Continue reading Pairing Nardone Nardone Greco di Tufo 2017 with Caprese Salad & Asparagus with Olives

Highlighting The Characteristics of Sensi Wines From Tuscany With Food Pairing

It’s a particular period we are all going through right now. With the stay at home orders that has been going on for months, there is much more time to dwell in the kitchen, take out the lost creativity and whip up appetizing dishes that can pair well with some bottles of wines that are waiting to be tasted in the cellar. I am dedicating … Continue reading Highlighting The Characteristics of Sensi Wines From Tuscany With Food Pairing

Pairing Cantina Del Tufaio Sauvignon Blanc 2016 with Fava Bean Salad and Fish

AnNike 2016 is made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc, with a 12-day fermentation without the skin at a 16°C controlled temperature. Aged in stainless steel tanks on fine lees for eight months and another six months in the bottle at 14°C.  It has a straw yellow color and crystal-clear limpidity. Although it’s meant to be enjoyed young, the wine is still continuing to show the peak … Continue reading Pairing Cantina Del Tufaio Sauvignon Blanc 2016 with Fava Bean Salad and Fish