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

My journey as a judge at the world largest American wines competition

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

Let’s talk about Italian indigenous varieties on air at Socal Restaurant Show – audio

Here the audio of my interview about Lugana appellation and Ruche’ wines during the Socal Restaurant Show on air on Angels Radio, KLAA 830 FM, every Saturday 10 am – noon. The second part of the interview about the first “The Italian Wine Girl selection Wine Dinner” in collaboration with Cafe’ del Rey. If you … More Let’s talk about Italian indigenous varieties on air at Socal Restaurant Show – audio

Maremma, the Tuscany you don’t expect

Ah, Maremma. A quaint, little-known slice of western central Italy hugging the Mediterranean coast. For those of you that know Italy, Maremma is squarely fixed in Southern Tuscany. Home to rolling hills of olive groves, vineyards, forests, fields of poppies and cornflowers, fishing ports, and of course, the stellar Sangiovese red grape. But not only: be ready to … More Maremma, the Tuscany you don’t expect

My top ten revelation wines of 2017 winter’s California wine shows (Gambero, Slow Wine and Suckling)

Winter is gone and with it the main Italian wines tour visiting California this year: Slow Wine, Tre Bicchieri Gambero Rosso and James Suckling’s Great Italian Wines. I visited the 3 of them (I know, it’s a though job, but somebody has to do it) to meet with friends producers and to look for the … More My top ten revelation wines of 2017 winter’s California wine shows (Gambero, Slow Wine and Suckling)

Ribona and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, Marche hidden gems

If you read my blog you know I like to tell you about less known Italian grapes and wines…I won’t disappoint you with this new post! During my last visit to Italy I traveled through the central regions: Tuscany, Umbria and Marche. In the latter I got in touch with two hidden gems, Ribona (known … More Ribona and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, Marche hidden gems

Country chic dinner at Oak Ridge Winery, the V.I.P. trip at WBC 2016

It has been the fate that brought me to Oak Ridge Winery and I couldn’t be more grateful to my lucky star. During the Wine Blogger Conference 2016 in Lodi we, attendees, were supposed to choose a small card with the mysterious title of a winery trip. Among more than 12 choices, I picked “VIVA … More Country chic dinner at Oak Ridge Winery, the V.I.P. trip at WBC 2016

Rhone Rangers: Cali French kiss

What happen when America meets the Rhone River Valley? Something intriguing like a Cali French kiss. Since the early 80’s several American winemakers began experimenting with Rhone style wines and decided to make something other than Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. These “brave” few became known as the RHONE RANGERS. In 1997 13 wineries establish the non … More Rhone Rangers: Cali French kiss