Wine from Italy

Tenuta Carretta

Visiting Tenuta Carretta in Piobesi d’Alba

“Welcome to our castle Tenuta Carretta,” says lovely Gaia Manno, standing outside a 12th century castle in remarkably good repair. With the rolling hillsides in the background, and very few… More »

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Visiting Piedmonte 2016: The Producers

Recently I had the chance to explore a variety of wineries, large and small, in the Piedmonte region of Italy. The trip was created by Vini del Piedmonte, the Consortium… More »

Josetta Saffirio

Visiting Josetta Saffirio Winery in Monforte d’Alba

Did you ever imagine what it must be like to be a young woman, about 21 or so, in the beginning of the 1970s with a strong passion to be… More »

Terre del Barolo

Visiting Terre de Barolo in Barolo

So many exciting things are going on at Terre de Barolo since my last 2014 visit I can hardly contain myself! First, in addition to longstanding enologist/technical director Danielle Ponzo… More »

Paulo Gallo of Montalbera

Meeting Paolo Gallo of Montalbera for a Taste of Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato

Imagine you are a producer in the Castagnole Monferrato area of Piedmont, and you have a sleek new winery named Montalbera, an exciting young winemaker named Paolo Gallo who speaks… More »

Sylla Sebaste

Visiting Sylla Sebaste in Barolo

“Hello – I’m Eduardo,” says a tall young man as we enter the Sylla Sebaste winery in Barolo. It is a cold, grey day, but the Sylla Sebaste winery is… More »

Cascina Castlet

Visiting Cascina Castlet in Piedmont

“Welcome,” says elegant Maria Borio, owner of the Cascina Castlet winery in Costigliole d’Asti, as we enter her personal two story apartment for our wine tasting. We are in Monferatto,… More »

Costa Catterina

Visiting the Costa Catterina Farm in Roero DOCG

“Welcome,” says lovely, charming Antonella Arrigo, welcoming me to Costa Catterina, her small family owned winery – the same one her husband’s family owned for four generations. The tasting room… More »

Malvira Winery

Visiting the Malvira Winery in Roero DOCG

“And now,” says charismatic young winemaker Giacomo Damonte of the Malvira Winery, lining up several bottles of white wine. “We will try the Arneis!” In case you have not heard… More »

#AnteprimaAmarone

Recap of Amarone Anteprima 2016

Revisiting my FIJEV trip to Valpolicella for Amarone Anteprima 2016 , in February 2016 I was a participant along with other members of FIJEV for Anteprima Amarone. This event occurs… More »

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 »

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