Archive for the ‘Italy’ Category

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Roses to Write Home About

éé Wines of the Week Rosés, our most delicious wines for the spring and the summer season ahead, I love them… True confession: It wasn’t until I tasted Sutter Home’s White Zin that I finally got wine. Had I not been trying to love Merlots as my entry wine, I wouldn’t have needed something with […]

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A Chance Encounter Lead to One of the Biggest New Packaging Innovations in Wine ~ Locations

The email began: “Could a chance encounter with a taxi lead to one of the biggest new things in wine?” Locations Wines Got My Attention It went on: A strange statement, I know – but true. Just after the 2010 harvest, Dave Phinney (Orin Swift fame, and the winemaker for Stanton Vineyards, for instance) was […]

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Becoming A French or Italian Wine Scholar Has Never Been Easier

The Wine Scholar Guide program providers in California are offering the Wine Scholar Guild’s French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar programs. Both session programs are beginning shortly. These wine courses are designed to provide committed students of wine with the most advanced and comprehensive specialization programs, on both French and Italian wines. Look for an […]

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My Holidaze Wine List

Don Melchor ~ A highly performing wine from Chile First of all, this is still a young wine. I’ve gotten way past caring about young wines anymore being hard to enjoy. A friend recently told me that she gifted someone a young wine and there was paperwork that went along with the wine. The person […]

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Thanksgiving Wines ~ What Our Immigrant Forefather Would Have Brought, If Only…

If you’re of Native American descent, your forefathers arrived first on the North American continent. Once the Bering Strait had waters receding, people migrated from both Asia and Northeastern Europe. Who were the first ancient settlers to arrive and cultivate California, for instance?  The Central Pomo people, who immigrated to California more than 8,000 years […]

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A Sicilian Thanksgiving? You Betcha with MandraRossa Nero d’Avola

Do you know that wines from Sicily are elegant and really affordable? With most of them selling for under $20, they make perfect “house wines,” too. During the holidays, especially if you’re of Italian descent, these wines will happily grace your table and heritage. Guests will be able to savor your past, while enjoying your […]

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Tasting Sicily with Allesandro

Image borrowed from the Wines of Sicily Website. I highly recommend that you visit this site for more information and beautiful images of the island. Many write about Sicily having a mosaic of flavors. In a booklet that the Wines of Sicilia DOC has distributed. It begins: If to travel through Sicily means to dive […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Casal Thaulero’s 2015 Orsetto Oro Pecorino Terre di Chieti

~ Wine of the Week ~ Casal Thaulero’s 2015 Orsetto Oro Pecorino Last week, I told you about Casal Thaulero’s 2015 Borgo Thaulero Pecorino Terre di Chieti. A week later, from his first communication, Chris Toscano reconnected, “Hailing from Abruzzo, Italy, Casal Thaulero’s Orsetto Oro Pecorino… is maintaining the high quality and low cost you know […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Casal Thaulero’s 2015 Borgo Thaulero Pecorino Terre di Chieti

~ Wine of the Week ~ Casal Thaulero’s 2015 Borgo Thaulero Pecorino Terre di Chieti I was asked by Chris Toscano, “Do you like Pinot Grigio? Do you also like new things? If you answered yes to both questions, I’m happy to report that your next obsession is just a sip away. Hailing from Abruzzo, […]

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World Leader Cesari Vineyards is celebrating 80 years ~ #IAMarone

Interview about Cesari’s Amarone, as a world leader, by Mario Menozzi Cesari Vineyards ~ 80 years (1936 to 2016) Cesari Vineyard of Verona, one of the finest Vineyards of the Valpolicella region, is celebrating 80 years of producing some of Italy’s greatest wines this year. To mark this occasion, Cesari invited me to be part […]