Barolo and Barbaresco World Opening 2020: a true celebration of the best Italian lifestyle

On February 4th the new vintages wines (Barolo 2016 and Barbaresco 2017) has been presented to the press and trade members on a scale  never  seen before from this region (and I add, from any other Italian wine region) with more than 200 producers pouring their wines in New York City…me and other 49 selected “best palates” from all over the world, blind tasted the Barolo and Barbaresco new vintages’ wines to assess the overall quality, during the World’s Best Palates tasting. … More Barolo and Barbaresco World Opening 2020: a true celebration of the best Italian lifestyle

Ferrari Trento Doc: the fine mountain bubbles of Italy that outpaced Champagne

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

Albino Armani on a mission to rescue ancient grapes and preserve Vallagarina’s identity

What can push a wine maker to invest 30 years of genetic and viticulture research to rescue from extintion a bunch of old native grapes? Easy: the immense love for his land and the willing to preserve the identity of a border territory like Vallagarina (between Veneto and Trentino). Let’s dig into Albino Armani winery … More Albino Armani on a mission to rescue ancient grapes and preserve Vallagarina’s identity

Bordeaux En Primeur Week: discovering the wine to be…

En Primeur week, for those of you who never heard about it,  is a preview of the last vintage (in this case 2018) from the Union des Grands Crus members in all Bordeaux appellations. This event incorporates different appellation tastings (Pomerol, Pauilliac, St. Emilion etc…)  and lunches in each château, it is restricted to the … More Bordeaux En Primeur Week: discovering the wine to be…

Dare to drink different. The most expert U.S. Somms about Italian geeky grapes and wines…

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…