Wine from Italy

Riccardo Illy

Riccardo Illy: Tasting Brunello di Montalcino from Mastrojanni

Last night a few very special, choice guests, spent a wonderful evening with Riccardo Illy, the president of Grupo Illy which owns the famous coffee brand. The reason I was… More »

Fattoria Fabbiano

Visit to Fattoria Fibbiano in Pisa

“You MUST see the soil and vineyards on a clear, sunny day,” says Matteo Cantoni, an energetic and charismatic man with a very genuine manner and movie star good looks.… More »

Podere Marcampo

Visit to Agricola Podere Marcampo

Imagine that you are a policeman and have the opportunity to take an early retirement with limited resources but a big imagination. What would you do? Would it occur to… More »

Pietro Beconcini

Visiting Pietro Beconcini in San Miniato

Visiting Pietro Beconcini in San Miniato “Here is San Miniato,” says Eva Bellagamba, who owns the fourth generation Pietro Beconcini winery along with her husband Leonardo. The family had its… More »

San Gervasio Lisa and Luca Tommasini

Visiting San Gervasio Winery in Pisa

“Welcome!” says friendly, red-headed Lisa Tommasini, whose family owns the San Gervasio winery in Pisa. Like most of the wineries I visited during this trip to visit some of the… More »

Riccardo Gabriele

Introduction: The Man Behind PR Vino

Have you been to Tuscany? Though I have been to various regions over the years, a recent trip I took with PR Vines really opened my eyes to the specific… More »

Andrea Cecchi

Lunch with Andrea Cecchi

Tuscany is an increasingly popular place for people to visit, both for its natural beauty and its wine. Sangiovese is its signature red grape, yet the attention to quality is… More »


Collio Awards: Recognition for Quality White Wine Region

Have you heard of Collio? Or the Collio Awards? Collio is a small region in Italy, a few hours by the Venice airport. I am here with other international wine… More »

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Valpolicella comes to NYC

Fabulous tutored wine lecture and wine tasting featuring the Wines of Valpolicella at the Doubletree Hotel on April 26. It was great to stop by the booths and see old… More »


Meeting the Ladies of Anselmi and Nino Franco Wineries

Typically when you visit a winery in Italy, it is a man at the helm … yet last night I met two ladies who are increasingly running the family businesses.… More »


Exploring the Wines of Ca’ Di Rajo

It was so great to have an elegant tasting lunch of wines from Ca’ Di Rajo featuring two of their top prosecco sparking wines, and also their new pinot grigio.… More »

Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino with Tommaso Cortonesi of La Mannella

Have you had a Brunello di Montalcino lately? Last night I enjoyed some great Brunello di Montalcino and also Rosso di Montalcino from La Mannella with owner Tommaso Cortonesi. The… More »

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