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…

Napa Valley, the hidden face of the 5 stars U.S. wine region

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

In love with a wine lover? Picking a wine Valentine gift? For the sake of your relationship, read this!

I make an appeal from the bottom of my heart to all the wine lovers partners: Don’t waste your money in useless wine gifts! Please!!! If your beloved one is a wine enthusiast, he/she will fake an appreciation smile in front of the socks with the “if you read this, bring me wine” write you … More In love with a wine lover? Picking a wine Valentine gift? For the sake of your relationship, read this!

My journey as a judge at the world largest American wines competition

It is the largest competition of American wines in the world: the 2018 edition generated nearly 7000 (yes, seven thousand!) entries from 35 states. I was honoured to be one of the judges of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and I am here to tell you all about it. So, take a sit, maybe … More My journey as a judge at the world largest American wines competition

7 reasons why you should take your wine knowledge to another level

You are a wine enthusiast, I know, otherwise you wouldn’t have clicked on this article. But let’s see if this is familiar to you: you step in a wine shop, determined to look for that nice Albarino you heard so good things about, you start staring at the shelves trying to understand where you could … More 7 reasons why you should take your wine knowledge to another level

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

My nomination as Knight of Alba truffle and wines

Check out this video about the Order of Alba truffle and wines knights nomination ceremony in New York City. If you would like to understand more about this prestigious order, whose purpose is to spread culture about Langhe food and wine, please visit their website : http://www.cavalierideltartufo.it/it/homepage  If you like my videos, please subscribe to my … More My nomination as Knight of Alba truffle and wines

Vinitaly: all about people, forget about wines!

Overwhelming, chaotic, loud, intense. Vinitaly is people, meetings, connections, diversions, parties, happy hours, dinners, everything but wines. It’s like a tsunami that hits you on the very first day so that you don’t know where exactly you will end up on day 4. Order doesn’t belong here. This is not Prowein, the German wine fair: … More Vinitaly: all about people, forget about wines!

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)