Betting on small-scale producers and emerging markets: the fascinating project of Terrestoria, selling Italian boutique wines in Utah

When I first met Stephanie Cuadra, I immediately understood we had a lot in common: journalistic background, immense love for wines, a passion for people stories and the firm will to communicate it. So I wasn’t surprised when she told me about her project in Utah, Terrestoria imports. I loved it, and I want to … More Betting on small-scale producers and emerging markets: the fascinating project of Terrestoria, selling Italian boutique wines in Utah

Wanna be the wine geek at Thanksgiving dinner? Read this!

Let’s admit it: the Thanksgiving meal inspires more debate than any other on which wine should be served with the roasted bird. This year, I have you covered. Make it an Italian Thanksgiving! You won’t regret it! I feel this year there’s lots to be thankful for — particularly for the exceptional recent vintages of … More Wanna be the wine geek at Thanksgiving dinner? Read this!

Lombardy, the ultimate Italian enogastronomic gateway

Are you an Italian wine lover? For sure you have visited Tuscany, Piedmont, maybe even Veneto, Sicily or Umbria. But I am pretty sure you skipped Lombardy. For too long considered just a business area, with Milan being the economical center of Italy, renown for fashion and design, but not for wine and food in … More Lombardy, the ultimate Italian enogastronomic gateway

Let’s talk about Italian indigenous varieties on air at Socal Restaurant Show – audio

Here the audio of my interview about Lugana appellation and Ruche’ wines during the Socal Restaurant Show on air on Angels Radio, KLAA 830 FM, every Saturday 10 am – noon. The second part of the interview about the first “The Italian Wine Girl selection Wine Dinner” in collaboration with Cafe’ del Rey. If you … More Let’s talk about Italian indigenous varieties on air at Socal Restaurant Show – audio

Maremma, the Tuscany you don’t expect

Ah, Maremma. A quaint, little-known slice of western central Italy hugging the Mediterranean coast. For those of you that know Italy, Maremma is squarely fixed in Southern Tuscany. Home to rolling hills of olive groves, vineyards, forests, fields of poppies and cornflowers, fishing ports, and of course, the stellar Sangiovese red grape. But not only: be ready to … More Maremma, the Tuscany you don’t expect

The incredible story of Mr. Beconcini, the winemaker who proved the origins of Tuscan Tempranillo

In San Miniato, in the heart of Chianti wine region and Colline Pisane appellation, there is a winemaker who chose the difficult task of proving that sometimes real tradition is quite different from what we have been told for centuries. What would you expect from a winery located in Chianti, if not Sangiovese wines? It’s … More The incredible story of Mr. Beconcini, the winemaker who proved the origins of Tuscan Tempranillo

Latest from “Pinoregon”: chasing U.S. best spots for Pinot Noir

I am a huge Pinot Noir lover: I think Pinot is one of the few grapes (together with Nebbiolo) which can maximise the concept of terroir, absorbing aromas from the soil, characteristics from the climate, hints of the winemaker personality and guard all of this as a treasure, to be revealed to sensitive buds and … More Latest from “Pinoregon”: chasing U.S. best spots for Pinot Noir