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
Alto Adige is one of the most diverse wine region of Italy: discover Schiava and Pinot Bianco native grapes and terroir driven wines… … More A peek into Alto Adige grape diversity and its terroir-driven Schiava and Pinot Bianco wines
When you think rosé, your mind flies immediately to Provence and pale, perfumed, feminine wines. Nothing wrong with it, I love Provence rosé, but I love more exploring and drinking different styles. Italy produces also stunning rosé wines of all shades and grape varieties. Here a little selection from Norther Italy to Southern Italy that … More Make it an Italian rosé summer!
My interview about seafood wine pairing featured by The Wine Buying Guide 1.Let’s start with the basics. What do you look for in a wine to pair with seafood? “Before looking for specific characteristics in wine we should start with a simple question: which kind of seafood are we preparing? Is it a simple white … More Seafood wine pairing ideas: think beyond Pinot Grigio!
Here the audio of my interview about Lugana appellation and Ruche’ wines during the Socal Restaurant Show on air on Angels Radio, KLAA 830 FM, every Saturday 10 am – noon. The second part of the interview about the first “The Italian Wine Girl selection Wine Dinner” in collaboration with Cafe’ del Rey. If you … More Let’s talk about Italian indigenous varieties on air at Socal Restaurant Show – audio
Winter is gone and with it the main Italian wines tour visiting California this year: Slow Wine, Tre Bicchieri Gambero Rosso and James Suckling’s Great Italian Wines. I visited the 3 of them (I know, it’s a though job, but somebody has to do it) to meet with friends producers and to look for the … More My top ten revelation wines of 2017 winter’s California wine shows (Gambero, Slow Wine and Suckling)
If you read my blog you know I like to tell you about less known Italian grapes and wines…I won’t disappoint you with this new post! During my last visit to Italy I traveled through the central regions: Tuscany, Umbria and Marche. In the latter I got in touch with two hidden gems, Ribona (known … More Ribona and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, Marche hidden gems
When I read about the story of Francesco Illy I couldn’t resist: I said to myself, I need to meet this man, I need to look the foolish sparkle in his eyes! So I drove among the beautiful hills of Tuscany, though the Chianti region, to the small village of Montalcino, 5000 residents, home of … More Francesco Illy, from the espresso coffee to the Bonsai Brunello di Montalcino. Story of a “fool” who was right.
If you have ever been in Trentino, you can easily picture in your mind what I am about to describe, if not, close your eyes and try to imagine: beautiful Dolomites mountains, sweet and green rolling hills sprinkled of cows, small rivers, apple trees, little villages with the church towers shaped like pencils, wood farms … More Vignaioli del Trentino: a seal of quality and respect for the land