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

SF Chronicle 2020: behind the scenes of the largest North American wine competition

I just came back from one of the most exciting U.S. wine competition I have ever attended. The 20th edition of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has been a huge learning opportunity for me in terms of palate training and exchange of views and opinions with the other wine judges. This year the largest … More SF Chronicle 2020: behind the scenes of the largest North American wine competition

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

The first European Women in Wine Expo: how women can make wine dreams come true

Attending the first European Women in Wine Expo as a speaker in May has been not only an honour, but an incredible enriching experience. I have met women from the most undiscovered wine regions who believed in their skills, in their dreams and struggled to make them happen, and now are leading successful wineries in … More The first European Women in Wine Expo: how women can make wine dreams come true

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…

America’s invisible rainbow and the secret wine revolution

My endless curiosity about less known wine grapes drives me always in the geekiest seminars and wine classes. No exception was the last edition of SommCon, the US sommelier convention which takes place every  year in San Diego,  where I live. The seminars list is always rich in learning and tasting occasions: from prestigious Champagnes … More America’s invisible rainbow and the secret wine revolution