Archive for the ‘Italy’ Category

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How Wine Travels Impact a Wine Road Warrior ~ #IAMarone

Thanks, Radical Cartography, for this borrowed map image, in order to show how Europe and the US have regional differences, base on borders. As an employee of wine companies, I had the privilege of being a frequent flyer. There are only 10 of our 50 states I haven’t visited. They’re in the deep south and […]

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Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella ~ #IAMarone

[This map of Italy, with the Vento region highlighted, is borrowed from the Italylogue.com Website.] The Veneto region is where Amarone wines originated. My journey has just begun with Amarone wines, and it’s a love to last a lifetime. It began with Cesari Vineyards contacting me for a promotion they are having. This winery is […]

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Verona ~ Amarone: peeling away the layers in my mind ~ parte terza

Amarone della Valpolicella is the long of it; Amarone is the short version. It’s an Italian, dry red wine that’s typically rich in flavor. “Amarone,” in Italian, translates to “the Great Bitter.” This is to distinguish it from Recioto, which is produced in the same region. Passito ~ This is a generic term for wine […]

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Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Pinot Grigio Peter Zemmer

A crisp, clean, Pinot Grigio machine that’s an instant winner. Need a little chill after working in the garden, like I just did? This will straighten out all of the kinks and give you extreme satisfaction as you look over your latest seasonal developments. Moments like this put the moments into memorable… 2015 Pinot Grigio […]

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A Lesson in Old World and New World Wines

Some believe that winemakers have a sense of their wines and sommeliers have a sense of their place. Let’s explore that through wines that I tasted side by side with a group of wine pros with Old World and New World comparatives. Old World ~ Primitivo 2008 Primitivo Rosso IGT Puglia ~ With the high […]

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Verona ~ Who Are You, Anyway? ~ seconda parte #IAMarone

[The map of Italy, with the Vento region highlighted, is borrowed from the Italylogue.com Website.] My husband said to me, “You don’t know what Amarone wine is?” like I really should know. “No,” I answered, “I don’t have a clue.” With the last 25 years of my life devoted to learning about and working with […]

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Wine of the Week ~ A Juicy Cadre of Rosés

Einstein’s brain, upon examination, revealed that he had an extra-ordinary connection network. For each memory, his patterns were like looking at the interconnections of a busy railroad yard. To really begin to gain info about wines, reading their unique stories, where they’re from, who made them and why, tasting them… These are the interconnections of […]

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One of 80 and darned happy to be #IAMarone

Do I love adventure? I have wings on my feet, if you don’t know. And I’m a storyteller, which you may also not know… So, this Email arrived. Hi Jo, 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 […]

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A New Book From Dick Rosano ~ The Secret of Altamura

If you’re looking for a wine county novel to read, Dick Rosano’s books won’t disappoint you. He’s an excellent author.

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I Just Met a Most Talented Woman ~ Gambero Rosso 30th Anniversary

Are you in Seattle, or close by? This is an event for you. First, how it happened that I’ve written this one. You can also jump to MAIN ATTRACTION below. There we were, meeting in Cousteaux Bakery in Healdsburg, CA, for the first time. We’ve know each other over the years, as compatriots in wine […]