Celebrating Graziano Merotto Who Marks 50 Years of History with Prosecco

The authentic interpreters of Prosecco Superiore on the hills of Conegliano Valdobbuadene still tread through their vineyards manually, always mindful of the health and quality of the grapes that grow in their vines. It’s a tedious work that requires a lot of time and energy but with the immense devotion to the art of winemaking, it is never considered a burden. Graziano Merotto is one … Continue reading Celebrating Graziano Merotto Who Marks 50 Years of History with Prosecco

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 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

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

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

Pairing Tenuta Scuotto Oi Ni 2014 with Fish Sarciado

Oi Nì is produced with 100% Fiano grapes that were fermented with indigenous yeasts in Alsatian 25-hectoliter oval barrels with temperature controlled at 7°C. At the end of the fermentation, it was aged on fine lees for 12 months plus another 6 months of bottle aging. A harmonic wine with intense straw yellow color. This is one of my favorite expressions of Fiano for its … Continue reading Pairing Tenuta Scuotto Oi Ni 2014 with Fish Sarciado

It’s Another Excellent Vintage: Preview Tasting at the Anteprima Sagrantino 2016

Umbria is decidedly one of Italy’s most scenic regions and an ideal choice among travelers who love the Italian life. Its geography is characterized by an inviting landscape of a mixture of ancient walled hamlets and perfectly manicured rows of vineyards on hills and valleys. All the towns are characteristically charming and has distinctive importance to the region. Not only does it command richness in … Continue reading It’s Another Excellent Vintage: Preview Tasting at the Anteprima Sagrantino 2016

Malo and Tenuta di Artimino at La Vendemmia of Rome: Where Fashion & Wine Meet

Between 14 to 17 October 2019, Rome opened its doors to the celebration of the third edition of La Vendemmia of Roma. It was one of the most exclusive events that strengthened the ties of luxury Italian and international fashion brands and wineries. Different brands in the luxury fashion district in the historical center of Rome hosted events and formats dedicated to high-end fashion, gastronomy … Continue reading Malo and Tenuta di Artimino at La Vendemmia of Rome: Where Fashion & Wine Meet

Gorgona, The Wine of Hope by Frescobaldi and The Island Prisoners in Italy

On an early warm morning of the 20th of June 2019, our curious group of fifty people comprised of sommeliers, journalists and trade professionals in the wine sector boarded a chartered boat at the Italian port of Livorno. The group was led by Lamberto Frescobaldi, a 30th-generation Tuscan winemaker and the president of the Marchesi Frescobaldi Group, flanked by Nicolò D’Afflitto, Frescobaldi’s Chief Oenologist. The … Continue reading Gorgona, The Wine of Hope by Frescobaldi and The Island Prisoners in Italy

Ornellaia Winery in Bolgheri, Italy

You know that something special awaits you as you enter the Cypress Avenue in Bolgheri lined with elegant cypress trees standing like royal soldiers, because like any cypress-lined road in Tuscany, something supremely beautiful is at its midst. My destination – Tenuta dell’Ornallaia (Ornellaia Estate), the winery where excellence is supreme, in both its wines, art and passion. Bolgheri is a town in Northern Maremma, … Continue reading Ornellaia Winery in Bolgheri, Italy

Arnaldo Caprai Winery in Montefalco (Umbria), Italy

If you love Italian red wine, then you must have heard or tried Sagrantino di Montefalco and if you liked it, then you must know about its leading top quality producer, Arnaldo Caprai. Arnaldo Caprai does not only have the prominence in the quality of its Sagrantino wine but it also has the notability in its role in reviving this autochthonous grape variety in Montefalco, … Continue reading Arnaldo Caprai Winery in Montefalco (Umbria), Italy

Mosnel Winery in Franciacorta, Italy

One hundred and eighty years, five generations, 1876 to present. From Azienda Agricola Barzanò Barboglio to Il Mosnel and finally, simply Mosnel. It all started in in a sixteenth-century villa with vineyards and cellars that was inherited by Rosina Rosa Cacciamatta in the town of Camignone, in the heart of Franciacorta. Rosina is the grandmother of the maternal grandfather of Lucia and Giulio Barzanò, the … Continue reading Mosnel Winery in Franciacorta, Italy

Vino d’Artista Maurizio Pio Rocchi Winery in Tuscania (Lazio), Italy

Entering the world of wine is not just about opening the bottle and drinking it. There’s a lot more to having that beautiful liquid that emanates vast variations of aromas and flavors. There is an intangible aspect that helps us understand the soul of the wine. It’s that part when you get to know the winemaker and his story. Truthfully, it’s the facet that I … Continue reading Vino d’Artista Maurizio Pio Rocchi Winery in Tuscania (Lazio), Italy

Poggio Cagnano Boutique Winery in Maremma (Tuscany), Italy

One warm and sunny September morning on the Tuscan hilltop of Cagnano, a table with a platter of local Tuscan cheese, a bowl of walnuts, freshly-sliced bread, a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, and a bottle of Poggio Cagnano Altaripa Maremma Toscana DOC 2014 was waiting for us. There was a marvelous view of the Maremma countryside from where I was seated. The gentle … Continue reading Poggio Cagnano Boutique Winery in Maremma (Tuscany), Italy