If I ask you to define the word wine, what would you say? Probably that wine varies from vintage to vintage based on the terroir and characteristics of the grapes each year, but the bottomline is the same: it is always made from fermented grapes. End of story. The etymology of the word says it … More When and where wine is not wine…
When you think rosé, your mind flies immediately to Provence and pale, perfumed, feminine wines. Nothing wrong with it, I love Provence rosé, but I love more exploring and drinking different styles. Italy produces also stunning rosé wines of all shades and grape varieties. Here a little selection from Norther Italy to Southern Italy that … More Make it an Italian rosé summer!
When a wine is to be considered “natural”? Is an organic wine a natural wine? If there are natural wines, it means that all the “other wines” are not natural? Many wine lovers ask me these questions during seminars or wine tastings, so I think it’s time to clarify some concepts about natural and organic … More Organic and Natural wines: let’s clear it up!
Sommelier tips to compose a wine list. The mission of a wine director is to find new wine treasures for his customers … More “We are treasures finders”, this is the mission of a Wine Director
As an Italian, diversity is something I look for in everything: culture, food and, of course, wine. Diversity is something that defines my DNA: Italy is one of the most diverse countries in the world from a biological, botanical, chemical and cultural point of view. That is why I am always amazed when I find … More Napa Valley, the hidden face of the 5 stars U.S. wine region
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
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
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
Prestigious wines, unique local products, truffle hunting and more: come on tour in Italy with the Italian Wine Girl … More It’s time to visit Umbria!
Seven reasons why I attend Vinitaly 2018, the biggest European wine fair with more than 4,500 producers and 15,000 wines showcased… … More Seven reasons why I attend VINITALY 2018