Along the picturesque Adriatic coast of central Italy—surrounded by Le Marche to the north, Lazio to the west, and Molise to the southeast—lies the historical, charming region of Abruzzo. Dating back to the Etruscans in the sixth century BC, winemaking has played an integral role in the agricultural landscape of Abruzzo; however, there is additional … More Abruzzo: a small region with a huge wine diversity
The Ferrari Camp is a four days event with the Ferrari winery in Trento to discover what’s behind their award winning Metodo Classico sparkling wines and to know viticulture, history and gastronomy of the Trento Doc area. Seminars, tastings, Michelin star dinners, helicopter tour, harvest and pic nic in the vineyards are only some of the amazing activities I experienced, read and watch more here… … More Ferrari Trento Doc: the fine mountain bubbles of Italy that outpaced Champagne
Cilento is an underrated wine region that has a lot to offer from a cultural and eno gastronomical point of view. Some enlightened producers are trying to create job opportunities and to build a future for the young generations. … More Cilento’s renaissance starts with wine and buffalos
Tenuta Podernovo was the first winery in Italy to apply Animavitis, the innovative system that allows surgical, extreemly precise viticulture techniques… … More Vineyards management at its extremest: Tenuta Podernovo pioneer of 2.0 surgical organic farming
Trebbiano Spoletino is an Italian native white wine grape that is increasing in popularity among Umbrian wine makers thanks to some of its interesting organoleptic characteristics and ageing potential… … More Trebbiano Spoletino: the white side of Umbria
Aglianico is a dark-skinned Italian wine grape variety that produces highly tannic wines with great levels of acidity. It adapts well to warmer climate, will it be the new up and coming red variety in times of global warming? … More Aglianico, the “global warming” up and coming wine grape?
Here we are, it’s that time of the year: the Holidays’ season wines shopping list. Rigorously Italian wines (what would you expect from The Italian Wine Girl??), one red, one rosé and one white for each of these three categories: under 20 USD (because ‘value for money’ is my mantra), organic and natural wines (because … More My wine shopping list for the Holidays: under 20 $, organic or geeky but..100% made in Italy!
What about being the Italian wine geek at Thanksgiving dinner? Watch this video! During SommCon 2018 in San Diego, I asked six Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine which is the weirdest, most obscure Italian variety they have ever tasted… Some good advices for your wine shopping, dare to drink different! For more inspiration read … More Dare to drink different. The most expert U.S. Somms about Italian geeky grapes and wines…
The most difficult part is when you come home and are called to find the words to describe the most complex, multicultural, contradictory region of Italy. And you spend hours staring at the monitor, but those words just don’t want to come out. Then you close your eyes and you can see again the chaotic … More Intricate, contradictory, diverse: Sicily can’t be described, must be experienced
The harvest season is what I miss the most from my childhood in Italy. Harvesting in the vineyard with all my family, under the instructions of my Grandpa (the wise wine grower) is something that has been imprinted in my DNA and maybe is the reason why, after all, I chose this carrer path, to … More The deep values of the Italian harvest : it’s Vendemmia time!