After reading “Women, wine and the uncomfortable conversation we need to have” by Vinka Danitza I had an epiphany. All of a sudden I connected the dots of the countless moments and episodes in my 7 years long career in the wine business when I felt bullied, verbally and sometimes physically harassed, subtly sabotaged because … More Women and the wine industry. What “IT IS NOT OK”. Spilling it out.
Shipping overseas can be a risk and not an easy path, but if your target is an educated and curious consumer, Europe, and in this case Italy, can be an opportunity. … More What if Italy could be American new rising export market?
How to organize your study plan for advanced sommelier exams. The tips of the professionals. … More Study like a pro: tips and tricks for advanced Sommelier exams
Sommelier tips to compose a wine list. The mission of a wine director is to find new wine treasures for his customers … More “We are treasures finders”, this is the mission of a Wine Director
It is the largest competition of American wines in the world: the 2018 edition generated nearly 7000 (yes, seven thousand!) entries from 35 states. I was honoured to be one of the judges of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and I am here to tell you all about it. So, take a sit, maybe … More My journey as a judge at the world largest American wines competition
I am glad to host a blog post by sommelier Sabra Johnson about her personal insight of Chianti Classico. I think her opinion can give us a different perspective about Chianti wines, she has a different background from me (different culture, different palate, different expectations), I was so curious to know her thoughts about the … More “Chianti Classico: terroir wanted”… Insight of an American Somm visiting Tuscany most reknown appellation
Everybody may agree on the concept that the role of a sommelier is to guide you through the wide and wild world of wines and vines. This is loud and clear. But there is a way to bring this idea one step further. That’s what Taylor Parsons, wine director at Republique, West Hollywood LA, does … More An ever changing wine list like the daily chef menu? Yes, you can.
What happen when America meets the Rhone River Valley? Something intriguing like a Cali French kiss. Since the early 80’s several American winemakers began experimenting with Rhone style wines and decided to make something other than Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. These “brave” few became known as the RHONE RANGERS. In 1997 13 wineries establish the non … More Rhone Rangers: Cali French kiss