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What to Do When in Rome

Not that I am advocating you take any steps to put yourself in this position, but should you be in Rome and find yourself on the wrong side of the law, you might find their jail an interesting sort of place.  Just South of Rome is the Rehabilitation Program at Velletri Prison.  While serving time, […]

The 2W: Women & Wine

Man or woman? This is the last wine issue, maybe. The power of woman in choosing and buying wine is growing more and more, at least in Italy. According to a new study from Vinitaly released by Eta Meta Research, woman are changing the way we look at the wine world: she knows more about wine, about how […]

Goobye Tocai

Do you know anything about Tocai Friulano? It’s one of the best Fiuli-based wine.
According to a law proclaimed by the EU, the Friulian winemakers can’t call this wine Tocai anymore. Reason? Because of there is the “real” Tocaj in Hungary and thus the name may cause confusion between the two.
All started when Hungary came to […]

Concept Critter Label @ Vinitaly ~ 3 Girls and a Donkey

Italy is jumping onto the critter wine bandwagon. The latest concept wine shown around Vinitaly was a label called 3 Girls and a Donkey. The first wines that have been kicked around will be entry level wines, a Falanghina white and a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo red. The wines should retail for under US $7.The thinking behind these concept wines is to offer a label that […]

7 emerging Italian wine regions

I have in my hands the last issue of Wine Enthusiast, April 2007.
According to the magazine there are 7 wine emerging regions in Italy. What is written?  
“With so many distinct territories and grapes, Italy’s geographic and genetic potential allows for wines that are available nowhere else in the world.”
And I can guarantee to you […]

Vinitaly 2007, a first assessment

I was in Verona last weekend to be part of the main Italian wine fair. I have attended several time in the, but this time I have notice quite a few more people. In fact, according to the organization of the event, there was a 15% growth in international operators - up to 38 thousand […]

Sangiovese Postscript

All right, so I didn’t write an article about Sangiovese for Tuesday’s Great Grape Day. But I did find the coolest photo. The problem was, like Ken, I had some…let’s say…technical issues.
But a few days after deadline, the photographer who had taken what may be the most striking Sangiovese photo on the Web (I sure […]

Sangiovese - 2004 Pieri Rosso di Montalcino

Welcome to my great grape post on Sangiovese. 
This post has been a bit of an adventure for me.  As someone who reviews wine for a living, it shouldn’t be so hard.  First, the wines I requested didn’t show up until today.  I was supposed to have them on Saturday.  The only wine I requested that […]

Sangiovese With Food

That great little book by Brian St Pierre, The Wine Lover Cooks Italian, has several suggestions for matching Sangiovese with food.
His Tips to Successful Matches with Chianti suggests

The Tuscan speciality crostini - thin slices of toasted bread rubbed with olive oil and spread with chicken liver is a perfect match, as is calves’ liver and […]

Rosso di Montepulciano

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is long-known fine Tuscan wine. Francisco Redi, a 17th century Italian physician, naturalist, and poet, concluded his poem Bacco in Toscana (Bacchus in Tuscany) with the line “Montepulciano of every wine is king“.
My experience mirrors that. I started drinking Italian wine with Chianti, as many do – and I discovered Montepulciano in […]