Castel de Paolis winery, where Frascati becomes aristocratic

The Santarelli family strongly believe in their territory, they invested money and time to find out which are the best grapes to plant on the volcanic, iper- mineral soil of Frascati area and now they produce outstanding local wines. I was lucky enough to run into Castel de Paolis winery to film a wine documentary … More Castel de Paolis winery, where Frascati becomes aristocratic

Salento, the seductive “heel” of Italy

When you think of Southern Italy, you envision endless miles of coastline, olive groves as far as the eye can see, and clusters of beautiful Baroque-style architecture. Salento, the “heel” of the “boot like” Italian peninsula includes cities like Lecce, Brindisi, and Taranto and is a haven for exquisite regional foods and alluring wines. The … More Salento, the seductive “heel” of Italy

5Star Wines and pre-Vinitaly VLOG: my experience as wine judge in Italy

Here my VLOG about my first days in Verona in April, right before Vinitaly 2018. I take you with me at 5star Wines, where I served my duties as a wine judge for three days. As you know, if you regularly read my blog, I attended some other wine competitions as a wine judge in … More 5Star Wines and pre-Vinitaly VLOG: my experience as wine judge in Italy

Further (wine) reasons why you should pack and move to Lazio

They have Rome, the Eternal City, one of the seven universal world beauties, and this should be enough to consider Lazio people lucky enough. But there is more. They have one of the most flavory, tasty and exciting local cuisine in Italy: Lazio is the home of amatriciana, carbonara, coda alla vaccinara, cacio e pepe, … More Further (wine) reasons why you should pack and move to Lazio

Seafood wine pairing ideas: think beyond Pinot Grigio!

My interview about seafood wine pairing featured by The Wine Buying Guide 1.Let’s start with the basics. What do you look for in a wine to pair with seafood? “Before looking for specific characteristics in wine we should start with a simple question: which kind of seafood are we preparing? Is it a simple white … More Seafood wine pairing ideas: think beyond Pinot Grigio!

America drinks pink: numbers, facts and a guide to the Italian ROSATOs

Here is what’s happening: people seem to treat rosé as a serious wine. Previously, if a winery made a rosé, it was more likely to be an afterthought, something to complete the range. This is changing now and more and more wineries are being persuaded to invest in making high-end rosé wines. Last announcement? Jon … More America drinks pink: numbers, facts and a guide to the Italian ROSATOs

The grocery private labels tsunami. Is Lidl changing the consumers perception on supermarket wines?

They hired a Master of Wine as Director of Wine, Adam Lapierre, who is the only Master of Wine on the grocery industry.  Their wines won more than 250 medals in International Wine Competitions, beating every record in terms of number of awards; they have a special cyber assistant, named Margot, who is ready to … More The grocery private labels tsunami. Is Lidl changing the consumers perception on supermarket wines?

In love with a wine lover? Picking a wine Valentine gift? For the sake of your relationship, read this!

I make an appeal from the bottom of my heart to all the wine lovers partners: Don’t waste your money in useless wine gifts! Please!!! If your beloved one is a wine enthusiast, he/she will fake an appreciation smile in front of the socks with the “if you read this, bring me wine” write you … More In love with a wine lover? Picking a wine Valentine gift? For the sake of your relationship, read this!