Falling into a habit of drinking the same wine is easy and predictable. But exploration demands something different. The #winophiles and Vignobles & Signatures are here to take the guess work out of your holiday wine selection on December 15th.
The world of Italian sparkling wine is diverse in variety and cost, yet many style varieties can be overwhelming. Here is an overview of what Italy has to offer you.
Puglia has an amazing food culture going back centuries. This, and three UNESCO sites, 500 miles of coastline and upwards of 45,000 olive trees mean it has a lot to capture hearts. And it has a slew of wine grapes, many indigenous to Puglia. It also has wine philosopher Francesco Dibenedetto at his l’archetipo winery in the Taranto province. Dibenedetto… Read more »
I recently visited the southern Italian region Puglia with a handful of others to discover its wine, food, and cultural offerings. Based in the port town Bari, we set off each of five mornings with a packed agenda. This article focuses on Olio De Carlo, an organic Olive Oil producer just outside Bari. Wondering where Puglia is? This narrow and… Read more »
If you like white wine and want to change things up this fall try the Turbiana grape. It’s from the inter-regional DOC Lugana shared between the Italian Lombardy and Veneto regions producing mostly rich, fuller-bodied wines. While in southern Lake Garda last year I spotted Lugana at a wine shop. Then visiting Pratello winery they poured their Lugana- my first… Read more »
Picturesque Cochem in the upper Mosel Valley is a perfect place to rendezvous with friends and explore Riesling. That’s what we did on a recent trip with an added hike to the Cochem Castle.
Grower Champagne is the smaller producer deciding what he or she wants to make and how. This is the essence of grower Champagne and two fourth-generation grower producers: Pierre Péters Champagne and Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz.
Italy has upwards of 590 officially recognized wine grape varieties to date. Here’s one you might not know that you know- Cannonau.
Fresh sardines grilled with lemon and garlic or stuffed are tasty. We reach for our favorite pairing, a Spanish Rosado wine. Here’s a perfect summer recipe to try them both.
Many styles of rosé come in mass-produced and boutique quantities, the later are more difficult to find. Both are good, but it’s the obscure French rosé that excites me.