Tag Archives: Italian wine

Northern Italian Chardonnay Delivers Big Taste – Vie di Romans Winery

Mark and I recently had a surprise tasting with my wine-loving brother, who pulled out this wine from Vie di Romans: Ciampagnis Chardonnay vintage 2021 from the Fruili Isonzo DOC. So impressed with it, I reached out to the winery for more information. The Gallo Family, with winemaker Gianfranco Gallo (not the Californian Gallo empire), cultivate vines and produce wines… Read more »

You Are Invited: Italian Food, Wine, Travel Group Climb to Puglia

February is the Italian Food, Wine and Travel group’s second month climbing Italy. I say climbing because we are working ourselves from the bottom of the boot to the Alps at the top. Our January Sicilian adventures with host Culinary Camilla (link) propelled us to Puglia (Apulia in Italian), the long and skinny heel of the boot, where our virtual… Read more »

Frappato and Biodiversity at Santa Tresa Winery

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Santa Tresa Frappato

Years ago, when I went into a wine store in Chicago where I lived and asked for a Sicilian red wine, I was handed Nero d’Avola. The same thing happened in Northern California some time later, and now in Bordeaux, we get the same. While I enjoy wine made from this grape, I am less of a mainstream person, preferring… Read more »

Appreciating An Ancient Italian Wine Made For Today’s Palate (#ItalianFWT)

Orvieto Classico about

“But why Orvieto?” a wine friend asked when I shared I was heading to taste Orvieto wines. Partly because our Italian Food, Wine, Travel group visits Orvieto this month and also because wineries in Orvieto make much more than the easy quaffing style of the past. I wanted to taste these wines of greater character! Anyone who likes exploring less… Read more »

Lagrein Reigns in Alto Adige #ItalianFWT

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Muri-Greis Lagrein Alto Adige Südtirol

A new year, a fresh start, a positive outlook. I welcome 2021 and am kicking things off with one of my favorite Italian red grapes: Lagrein. If you are fond of medium to fuller-bodied wine such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, I bet you’ll enjoy Lagrein. Below I share information about where this grape grows in Italy and a few… Read more »

Pouring Primitivo, Four Wines From Puglia #ItalianFWT

Primitivo’s home turf in Puglia is Gioia del Colli where the wines are generally fresher with more finesse than those from warmer, well known areas further south- they are fuller and richer. Let’s pour four and find out.