Guado al Tasso: the Antinori legacy and the quality of Bolgheri terroir

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

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…

Bored by fancy wine tasting rooms? Pour yourself a glass of truth at Smith-Madrone’s winery

Reaching Smith-Madrone winery after two days of fancy tastings in the Napa Valley floor has been like seeing an oasi in the middle of the desert. For an Italian wine girl, grew up in Grandpa’s vineyards, running around him in the cellar, among the wine barrels, a winery is not a winery if it doesn’t … More Bored by fancy wine tasting rooms? Pour yourself a glass of truth at Smith-Madrone’s winery

Intricate, contradictory, diverse: Sicily can’t be described, must be experienced

The most difficult part is when you come home and are called to find the words to describe the most complex, multicultural, contradictory region of Italy. And you spend hours staring at the monitor, but those words just don’t want to come out. Then you close your eyes and you can see again the chaotic … More Intricate, contradictory, diverse: Sicily can’t be described, must be experienced

Napa Valley, the hidden face of the 5 stars U.S. wine region

As an Italian, diversity is something I look for in everything: culture, food and, of course, wine. Diversity is something that defines my DNA: Italy is one of the most diverse countries in the world from a biological, botanical, chemical and cultural point of view. That is why I am always amazed when I find … More Napa Valley, the hidden face of the 5 stars U.S. wine region