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Mas Karolina

Visiting with Caroline Bonville of Mas Karolina

On my very first night in the beautiful Roussillon region, I had the thrill of the delightful Caroline Bonville, being my host at the elegant four star hotel and restaurant… More »

Domaine LaFage

Visit to LaFage in the Roussillon

 A lovely visit to Domaine LaFage in Perpignan in the gorgeous Roussillon. Jean-Marc LaFage grew up in a Maury-based winemaking family, but left to make wines all over the world… More »

murietta's well

Tasting the Estate Wines of Murrieta’s Well

In 1800, Joaquin Murrieta discovered a well on the property now known as Murrieta’s Well, and claimed the water was the best in the country. Fast forward to 1884 and French… More »

Chateau des Hospieces

Visiting Chateau des Hospices

I was very excited for my first visit to a winery in the Roussillon to be the charming Chateau des Hospices, where we were warmly greeted by Marc Benassis, a… More »

Firriato Wine From Sicily Comes to NYC

Federico Lombardo di Monte Iato, the COO of Firriato, gave an excellent tasting of his wines today paired with the brilliant cuisine of Gastronomia Norma in Manhattan today. The theme… More »

Charles Aznavour to attend Hospices de Beaune Auction

I am so excited to visit the upcoming Hospieces du Beaune! The big news is that Tthe 93-year-old chanteur, who has duetted with the likes of Edith Piaf and Frank… More »

Discovering Chiaretto – the pale Italian rosé wine from Bardolino

Have you ever heard the word ‘Chiaretto?’ If you haven’t, you will surely be saying it with the correct Italian accent (key-ar-et-toh) by next summer, as the Italian Bardolino lake… More »

Visit to the Bardolino Wine Museum and Zeni

Our generous Zeni family hosted us for our final night of our visit to Bardolino at the Bardolino Wine Museum, which they own and operate. The museum is filled with… More »

Tenuta La Presa

Visit to Tenuta LA Presa

A delightful visit to a gorgeous wine estate that functions both as a hotel and of course, as a working winery. It is a family-owned enterprise involving the parents and… More »

Castelnuovo del Garda

Visiting the Castelnuovo Del Garda Cooperative

One almost needs to draw a breath approaching the enormous Castelnuovo cooperative – it is immense and imposing! 200 members make up this cooperative which was established in 1958. As… More »

young producers of Bardolino

Visit with the Young Producers of Bardolino

Now you’ve probably heard of “speed dating” – yet have you ever heard of speed tasting? It’s actually a very clever idea and an excellent way to get to know… More »

Cantina di Negrar

Chiaretto meets Valpolicella at Cantina di Negrar

Domini Veneti, the well dressed export manager for this impressive cooperative, greets us outside the gorgeous winery on a beautiful sunny day. This winery had been built in 1952, though… More »

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