Dare to drink different. The most expert U.S. Somms about Italian geeky grapes and wines…

What about being the Italian wine geek at Thanksgiving dinner? Watch this video! During SommCon 2018 in San Diego, I asked six Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine which is the weirdest, most obscure Italian variety they have ever tasted… Some good advices for your wine shopping, dare to drink different! For more inspiration read … More Dare to drink different. The most expert U.S. Somms about Italian geeky grapes and wines…

Bored by fancy wine tasting rooms? Pour yourself a glass of truth at Smith-Madrone’s winery

Reaching Smith-Madrone winery after two days of fancy tastings in the Napa Valley floor has been like seeing an oasi in the middle of the desert. For an Italian wine girl, grew up in Grandpa’s vineyards, running around him in the cellar, among the wine barrels, a winery is not a winery if it doesn’t … More Bored by fancy wine tasting rooms? Pour yourself a glass of truth at Smith-Madrone’s winery

Intricate, contradictory, diverse: Sicily can’t be described, must be experienced

The most difficult part is when you come home and are called to find the words to describe the most complex, multicultural, contradictory region of Italy. And you spend hours staring at the monitor, but those words just don’t want to come out. Then you close your eyes and you can see again the chaotic … More Intricate, contradictory, diverse: Sicily can’t be described, must be experienced

The deep values of the Italian harvest : it’s Vendemmia time!

The harvest season is what I miss the most from my childhood in Italy. Harvesting in the vineyard with all my family, under the instructions of my Grandpa (the wise wine grower) is something that has been imprinted in my DNA and maybe is the reason why, after all, I chose this carrer path, to … More The deep values of the Italian harvest : it’s Vendemmia time!