Pitars Winery’s Bond to the Tagliamento River in Friuli Venezia-Giulia

Pitars is a winery located in San Martino al Tagliamento in Friuli-Venezia Giulia with 160 hectares of vineyards in the three estates. Behind this vast activity is the Pittaro family, the founder of which is Romano Pittaro when back in 1880 he planted a vine of Merlot imported from France in his vineyards. But it wasn’t until the return of his son Angelo to Italy … Continue reading Pitars Winery’s Bond to the Tagliamento River in Friuli Venezia-Giulia

Fifty Years of Custoza DOC Wine: A Unique Blend of White Grapes in Lago di Garda

We are in Lago di Garda, the largest lake in Italy moving towards the southeast area of the lake in a small historical hamlet called Custoza. Looking towards the east you can see Verona while towards the north you can see the imposing view of the Monte Baldo mountain range. It is a land of panoramic scenery and a richness of cultural heritage, trodden by … Continue reading Fifty Years of Custoza DOC Wine: A Unique Blend of White Grapes in Lago di Garda

Of a Long Family History: Tasting of Frey Sohler Crémants d’Alsace

The story of Frey Sohler Wine Estate has a strong family bond with the wines of the village of Scherwiller in France. It’s a family-owned estate that comes from two different families: Frey, the maternal side that descends from the oldest ancestor who arrived in Scherwiller from Switzerland in 1702; and Sohler, the paternal side of old winegrowers from a nearby town, Itterswiller since 1790. … Continue reading Of a Long Family History: Tasting of Frey Sohler Crémants d’Alsace

Oltremare: Piandimare’s Latest Wines Gear Towards Easy Drinkability

Piandimare is a cooperative born in 1986 in Villamagna in Abruzzo from the idea of a few farmers who were united in cultivating unique and special vines. In 2014, the small cooperative has grown into a group of seventy producers, renewed its oenological perspective and aimed for quality. Prior to that, the winery had been producing bulk wine for others and with the 2014 project, … Continue reading Oltremare: Piandimare’s Latest Wines Gear Towards Easy Drinkability

The Vibrant and Fresh Wines of Paladin Vigne e Vini of Veneto, Italy

Years of following around his grandfather from the vineyards to the cellar has influenced a curious child into continuing his family’s legacy when he reached adulthood. Growing up with the excitement of having healthy grapes, the perennial anxiety over the weather, the touch of the soil and the smell of wine cellars do embed remarkable imprints into a child’s life. That is how Valentino Paladin … Continue reading The Vibrant and Fresh Wines of Paladin Vigne e Vini of Veneto, Italy

Premiata Fattoria di Castelvecchi: Ancient Historical Winery and Vineyards in Chianti

Wine is not just a bottle with the fermented liquid product of grapes inside. There’s a vast world of research, work, passion and history behind every finished bottle. One fine example is Premiata Fattoria di Castelvecchi, a wine estate in Tuscany, Italy where the location alone unfolds hundreds of years of history. Nestled in the heart of the panoramic hills of Chianti Classico in Radda … Continue reading Premiata Fattoria di Castelvecchi: Ancient Historical Winery and Vineyards in Chianti

Castello di Meleto Casi and Poggiarso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017

Living the reality of Castello di Meleto is like breathing more than a thousand years of history inside the four walls of its castle on a hilltop of Gaiole di Chianti, in the road between Siena and Florence in Tuscany which overlooks the Chianti valley. What was once the Abbey of Coltibuono belonging to the Benedictine monks in the 11th century, has traversed a rich … Continue reading Castello di Meleto Casi and Poggiarso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017

Piandimare Winery: Pride in its Territorial and Varietal Identities

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. It is interesting to know that it is known as the greenest region in Europe because almost half of its territory which includes the mountainous Gran Sasso d’Italia is left untouched as protected … Continue reading Piandimare Winery: Pride in its Territorial and Varietal Identities

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

The Best Expression of Dry-Aged Beef on the Grill at Epos Bistrot of Poggio Le Volpi of Rome, Italy

Laid-back, convivial and gourmet. These are the three things that make up the concept of Epos, the bistrot of Poggio Le Volpi Wine Estate in Monte Porzio Catone. It is a destination that’s conveniently located just thirty kilometers from the capital where wine and food are represented at their optimum quality with a kitchen authored by the prizewinning German chef Oliver Glowig. The chef’s approach … Continue reading The Best Expression of Dry-Aged Beef on the Grill at Epos Bistrot of Poggio Le Volpi of Rome, Italy

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

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

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