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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May Events in Bologna, Italy…and Beyond

May is probably one of the most lovely months here in Bologna. The weather is warm, walks to San Luca and picnics in Giardini Margherita are more enjoyable, and Piazza Maggiore and the tiny streets of the historic center are teeming with locals and tourists alike sharing spritz, Pignoletto (local white-wine) and taglieri of cured […]

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April Events in Bologna, Italy…and Beyond

Can you feel it? Spring seems to finally be here (at least I hope)! With April now in full swing, sunny days, full piazzas, long passeggiate (walks) and lots of outdoor dining can be expected and enjoyed. Let’s hope the weather cooperates and those April showers remain at bay, since there are some interesting events […]

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March Events in Bologna…and Beyond

Even though I have been living in Italy for a few years already (can’t believe it…time is flying!) and have been to my fair share of wine tastings, food festivals, cultural events, farmers markets, and all that good stuff that Italy is known for, I still get excited to see what’s being organized every month […]

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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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