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

Italian For Real, our fight against fake Italian products. Join the FB page and the online petition

In the last 2 days I’ve been thinking a lot. After the shameful spectacle I saw at Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, I couldn’t remain indifferent. A little step back for those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook (where I posted photos and stories): I attended at this event in SF where … More Italian For Real, our fight against fake Italian products. Join the FB page and the online petition

Italian haute cuisine trip to San Diego: Michelin star Abbruzzino at Civico 1845

Luca Abbruzzino is among the most promising young talent of Italy, according to 2016 Espresso restaurant guide, his and his father Antonio cuisine was worthy a Michelin star in 2014. They own a family restaurant in Catanzaro, Calabria and they just opened a new one in Milan, Lombardy. The New York Times listed Calabria and … More Italian haute cuisine trip to San Diego: Michelin star Abbruzzino at Civico 1845

The other side of Moscato Fior d’Arancio

The classic Fior d’Arancio is sweet and sparkling (charmat method), but what if somebody tried to produce a Metodo Classico Brut Nature version? And an ancestral frizzante? A journey in Colli Euganei tradition and innovation with Maeli winery. Simply saying the word Moscato to an Italian wine lover can literally open up a Pandora’s box. … More The other side of Moscato Fior d’Arancio

Ribona and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, Marche hidden gems

If you read my blog you know I like to tell you about less known Italian grapes and wines…I won’t disappoint you with this new post! During my last visit to Italy I traveled through the central regions: Tuscany, Umbria and Marche. In the latter I got in touch with two hidden gems, Ribona (known … More Ribona and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, Marche hidden gems

Venissa and the rediscovered Dorona grape, a sip of Venice lagoon history

Some winery visits go straight to your heart. It’s like love at first sight. You read about what you are going to see and taste, you try to be ready and informed about everything, but when you get there you forget all and you just follow your feelings. It happened to me at Venissa, Mazzorbo … More Venissa and the rediscovered Dorona grape, a sip of Venice lagoon history