WINE TRAVEL : Let’s focus on Marche, Italy

Today, let’s focus on Marche, an Italian wine-growing region. The most famous white wine of the region, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi,  which is grown in a vast area that stretches from the west facing hills west of Ancona.. Most of the vineyards are located inland on low hills sheltered by mountains. Depending on where […]

Wines of Italy!

Italian wines have been on the rise for some time, at the forefront of an increasingly broad market This year, Italian wines have hit “historic” levels in both volume and value  Leading the way has been demand for Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico However, Italy is home to over 400 DOCs and DOCGs!  Would you like a course to […]

WINE LEGEND: Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1995

The 1995 vintage was good enough in Piedmont and some great wines were made. The 1995 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo DOCG is a perfect example to introduce today. Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. It is often referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” because until the mid-19th century […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON VIDAL BLANC

Vidal Blanc, a cross between Ugni blanc and Rayon d’Or, is a hardy, thick-skinned white grape variety. Created by Jean-Louis Vidal in France during the 1930’s, Vidal Blanc can be used to produce both dry and sweet wines. It’s a very versatile grape – it can be aged in wood, left on the vine for […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON CARRICANTE

Carricante is an Italian white wine grape variety planted primarily in Sicily. Carricante has been growing on the slopes around the ancient stratovolcano Mt. Etna for centuries. This late-ripening vine is the main variety used in the Etna DOC. Etna’s volcanic soils and altitude infuse Carricante with racy minerality, pure aromas of lemon, and a […]

WINE PAIRING: Chicken polpettine and Tornatore Pietrarizzo

One of the wine and food pairings of our Christmas Wine Tasting will be something truly delicious – Tornatore Etna Bianco Pietrarizzo and chicken polpettine with lemon sauce. Polpettine are small Italian meatballs that usually made with ground pork, beef or poultry. There are variations of polpettine in just about every region of the country. […]

GRAPE VARIETY:​ FOCUS ON VERDICCHIO

Verdicchio is a white wine grape variety cultivated primarily in the Marche region of central Italy. It grows best in well drained soils of sand and limestone, has high acidity and typically a delicate bouquet. Marche has two DOC titles for Verdicchio wines: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. Verdicchio is a […]

WINE LEGEND: Barolo Riserva Monfortino 2008

“The 2008 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is pure excitement.”- Robert Parker The 2008 was an unusual year in Barolo, Piedmont. An unexpected cold snap in October delayed the harvest and left many wines with an intense perfume and sweetness that is highly unusual in young Nebbiolo. In that year Giacomo Conterno produced one of its most […]

WINE LEGEND: Percarlo 2015 by Fattoria San Giusto a Rentennano

“Fattoria San Giusto A Rentennano is one of the true jewels of Chianti Classico and Percarlo is their greatest achievement.” – Geoff Pattison The 2015 vintage has produced a number of legendary wines in Tuscany and the Percarlo 2015 by Fattoria San Giusto A Rentennano is one of the most gorgeous examples of that year. […]