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
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!
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!
Sommelier tips to compose a wine list. The mission of a wine director is to find new wine treasures for his customers … More “We are treasures finders”, this is the mission of a Wine Director
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
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
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