“Chianti Classico: terroir wanted”… Insight of an American Somm visiting Tuscany most reknown appellation

I am glad to host a blog post by sommelier Sabra Johnson about her personal insight of Chianti Classico. I think her opinion can give us a different perspective about Chianti wines, she has a different background from me (different culture, different palate, different expectations), I was so curious to know her thoughts about the … More “Chianti Classico: terroir wanted”… Insight of an American Somm visiting Tuscany most reknown appellation

In the heart of Italy there is a well kept secret named Roscetto…

Today wine story is about another Italian hidden gem I fell in love with during my last Italian wine tour in April 2017, when I visited the wonderful green heart of Italy, the area nestled between Umbria and Lazio. Let me introduce you to Roscetto (also Rossetto), an ancient and rare white grape varietal grown … More In the heart of Italy there is a well kept secret named Roscetto…

My nomination as Knight of Alba truffle and wines

Check out this video about the Order of Alba truffle and wines knights nomination ceremony in New York City. If you would like to understand more about this prestigious order, whose purpose is to spread culture about Langhe food and wine, please visit their website : http://www.cavalierideltartufo.it/it/homepage  If you like my videos, please subscribe to my … More My nomination as Knight of Alba truffle and wines

Vinitaly: all about people, forget about wines!

Overwhelming, chaotic, loud, intense. Vinitaly is people, meetings, connections, diversions, parties, happy hours, dinners, everything but wines. It’s like a tsunami that hits you on the very first day so that you don’t know where exactly you will end up on day 4. Order doesn’t belong here. This is not Prowein, the German wine fair: … More Vinitaly: all about people, forget about wines!

My top ten revelation wines of 2017 winter’s California wine shows (Gambero, Slow Wine and Suckling)

Winter is gone and with it the main Italian wines tour visiting California this year: Slow Wine, Tre Bicchieri Gambero Rosso and James Suckling’s Great Italian Wines. I visited the 3 of them (I know, it’s a though job, but somebody has to do it) to meet with friends producers and to look for the … More My top ten revelation wines of 2017 winter’s California wine shows (Gambero, Slow Wine and Suckling)

Ruche’, the best kept secret of Piedmont

Its history, debated to this day, can only be traced via oral tradition; there are no documentary evidence about this variety. Somebody believes Ruche’ was brought to Piedmont by French nobles from Burgundy (and actually Piedmont was part of France for a long time), but the most widely spread theory is that Ruche’ would have … More Ruche’, the best kept secret of Piedmont