Tintore di Tramonti: Ultra-Centennial Vines Suspended Between Mountain and Sea

*This article was shortlisted in the Jancis Robinson 2021 wine writing competition and appears on her site here. The Amalfi Coast glistens as the Mediterranean mecca for those wanting to indulge their fantasies of la dolce vita. And rightly so. The enchanting beauty of this 50-kilometer stretch of jagged coastline in the Campania region of […]

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A Serendipitous Discovery of an Ancient Wine – Part I

Anyone who has travelled by car or train through Italy knows how quickly the landscape varies as you make your way down the boot. Traveling southward on the Autostrada del Sole from Rome to Naples, you begin to notice how the verdant, dense mountain ranges of Lazio transform into mountain slopes resembling green ocean waves, […]

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Wines from Liguria

When one thinks of Italian wine producing regions, Liguria is not the first that comes to mind. Nor is it second or third or fourth or….well, you get the idea. Needless to say, it is relatively unknown in terms of wine even for Italians. Perhaps it’s because the region itself is quite small and so, […]

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In Bologna, I know a little place…

Historic, traditional, classic, hidden. Osteria del Sole is an establishment that will surely take you back to the Bologna of yesteryear. Opening its doors in 1465, Osteria del Sole is located in the heart of medieval Bologna between Via Orefici and Via Pescherie Vecchie and just a stone’s throw away from Piazza Maggiore. Long, old […]

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Sangiovese & English

What hasn’t been written about the Sangiovese grape. A simple google search will show you that everyone who has something to say about wine has written at least once about the topic. I originally wasn’t going to write this blog post for this very reason; there is so much information out there what could I possibly […]

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Vinitaly: A Simple Guide to Navigating the Madness

The 48th edition of Vinitaly is just a couple of days away, and this marks the third year I will be attending. As many of you know, Vinitaly is the yearly event for the wine sector and this year it runs from April 6 -9. These last few weeks I have been strategizing on my […]

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Chianti Classico Simplified

After working just one month at a winery in Tuscany and meeting wine lovers from different areas of the world, the one thing I came to realize is how little people actually know about wine and one of the top wine producing regions of the world, Chianti. Sure everyone has heard of Chianti but there seems […]

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Comeback Kids

Everyone loves a good comeback story. The struggles. The failures. The eventual rising up and emotional triumph. But what about when it comes to wine? Doesn’t seem like the two have anything in common, right? Oh, but how wrong you are. Wine has been around for a long, long time. Since about 6000 BC actually, if you […]

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Young Producers

Most “wine lovers”, while imbibing the deliciousness that is (good great) wine, rarely think about the “who”. They might give thought to the varietal, the country or region, if they will have another glass (probably, yes) and if it might be a good bottle to bring to their next gathering. But I would venture to […]

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Ciao World!

Start Here. Or for the abridged version skip to the last paragraph…. I’ve never been a person who things come easily to. That’s not to say I haven’t been extremely blessed in my life. I’m just not one of those people who arrives at a conclusion quickly, simply, and easily. About anything. At all. And […]

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