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

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!

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

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