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
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!
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
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
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
My interview about seafood wine pairing featured by The Wine Buying Guide 1.Let’s start with the basics. What do you look for in a wine to pair with seafood? “Before looking for specific characteristics in wine we should start with a simple question: which kind of seafood are we preparing? Is it a simple white … More Seafood wine pairing ideas: think beyond Pinot Grigio!
Here is what’s happening: people seem to treat rosé as a serious wine. Previously, if a winery made a rosé, it was more likely to be an afterthought, something to complete the range. This is changing now and more and more wineries are being persuaded to invest in making high-end rosé wines. Last announcement? Jon … More America drinks pink: numbers, facts and a guide to the Italian ROSATOs
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