Paso Robles is the fastest growing wine region in California: will it become the next Napa? My experience at Daou winery … More Paso Robles: a “slow wine” experience in the fastest growing AVA of California
The breakthrough of Sonoma’s Sauvignon Blancs: quality, finesse and balance make of these wines the best expression of Sonoma terroir. … More The breakthrough of Sonoma’s Sauvignon Blancs
Not just Port. The new wave of Portuguese viticulture.
The new generation of Douro wine producers is trying its best to increase Portuguese wines reputation and quality, choosing indigenous varieties and respect of the grapes over marketing and massive production rules. … More Not just Port. The new wave of Portuguese viticulture
Decanters, carafes, aerators, coolers… a little guide to wine tools and gift ideas for wine lovers … More The right tool to be “wine cool”
Reaching Smith-Madrone winery after two days of fancy tastings in the Napa Valley floor has been like seeing an oasi in the middle of the desert. For an Italian wine girl, grew up in Grandpa’s vineyards, running around him in the cellar, among the wine barrels, a winery is not a winery if it doesn’t … More Bored by fancy wine tasting rooms? Pour yourself a glass of truth at Smith-Madrone’s winery
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