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…

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!

Castel de Paolis winery, where Frascati becomes aristocratic

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

Salento, the seductive “heel” of Italy

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

Further (wine) reasons why you should pack and move to Lazio

They have Rome, the Eternal City, one of the seven universal world beauties, and this should be enough to consider Lazio people lucky enough. But there is more. They have one of the most flavory, tasty and exciting local cuisine in Italy: Lazio is the home of amatriciana, carbonara, coda alla vaccinara, cacio e pepe, … More Further (wine) reasons why you should pack and move to Lazio

Ciao Maestro, goodbye to Gualtiero Marchesi, the founder of the modern Italian cuisine

The first time I met Gualtiero Marchesi we were in Milan, at his il Marchesino restaurant and I immediately realised he was one of a kind man. He was dressed in a well-tailored dark grey suit, his silver hair were shiny and combed back. On his lapel, he wore a coin-size replica of his most … More Ciao Maestro, goodbye to Gualtiero Marchesi, the founder of the modern Italian cuisine