America’s invisible rainbow and the secret wine revolution

My endless curiosity about less known wine grapes drives me always in the geekiest seminars and wine classes. No exception was the last edition of SommCon, the US sommelier convention which takes place every  year in San Diego,  where I live. The seminars list is always rich in learning and tasting occasions: from prestigious Champagnes … More America’s invisible rainbow and the secret wine revolution

My wine shopping list for the Holidays: under 20 $, organic or geeky but..100% made in Italy!

Here we are, it’s that time of the year: the Holidays’ season wines shopping list. Rigorously Italian wines (what would you expect from The Italian Wine Girl??), one red, one rosé and one white for each of these three categories: under 20 USD (because ‘value for money’ is my mantra), organic and natural wines (because … More My wine shopping list for the Holidays: under 20 $, organic or geeky but..100% made in Italy!

Bored by fancy wine tasting rooms? Pour yourself a glass of truth at Smith-Madrone’s winery

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

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