A small town in the heart of Sardinia, in the Nuoro countryside, 2500 the population, more than 200 the wine making families. In Mamoiada the people have wine in their Dna. … More Mamoiada: the genuine, raw, millenary face of Sardinia’s viticulture
Wine travel in the Italy of forgotten grapes: today we fly to Friuli Venezia Giulia to meet Schioppettino, the crackling red from Prepotto was almost extinct.. … More Schioppettino, the forgotten grape that sounds like it tastes: crackling!
For this week episode of the mini series “post-Covid wine travels” we fly to Veneto where I will introduce you to another undiscovered wine gem of Italy: mister Durello, the wine crafted from the Durella native grape. Follow me please, you don’t even need a carry-on. I am sure you can agree that the Veneto’s … More It’s sparkling. It’s from Veneto. But it’s not Prosecco. Ever heard about Durello?
I choose to focus on less known areas, true hidden gems, both for the quality and rarity of the wines and the breathtaking landscapes and huge cultural offer. Today we fly to Puglia, the heel of our “boot-shaped” country, to a wine region which is often underestimated also by Italians: the Daunia, the land nestled between Trani, Andria and Barletta province and the Murge plateau. … More Post-Covid wine travel series. Undiscovered Puglia: the native grapes, the places and the millenary culture of the Murge
We can use this time of quarantine to explore new wine regions: I scanned the web for what it is left to buy in terms of good value for money Italian wines. … More Quarantine “no hassle” Italian wines online shopping list
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
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
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
It’s no surprise that in the last decade Oregon has become the benchmark for New World’s Pinot Noirs. I tasted several very very good wines, nothing less than the French over famous (and sometimes over priced) Burgundy’s. Is Willamette Valley going to be the future of high end world class Pinots? … More Willamette Valley: the international epicenter of New World’s Pinot Noir
Because of Maremma’s coastal location, there is an overall temperate climate with a consistent breeze that further ameliorates the effects of any harsh summers or brutal winters. Additionally, the soils present here include a sandy clay soil and a silty clay soil comprised of a very fine gravel—both of which impart nuances to the characters of the grapes grown here and the wines produced in this Bolgheri wine region. … More Guado al Tasso: the Antinori legacy and the quality of Bolgheri terroir