Archive for the ‘Italy’ Category

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Wine of the Week ~ NV Valdo Prosecco

NV Valdo Prosecco, Demoninazione dorigine Controllata Brut Bubbles, we’ve got bubbles, we’ve got lots and lots of bubbles. This wine was really enjoyed. I hadn’t ever heard of Valdo, but now I have. I’m really getting turned on to wines from around the world and I feel like Sir Francis Drake. It’s a great adventure […]

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Hello, this is Piedmonte calling, I’m sure you hear me now, right?

Simply Italian 2015 US Tour, continued… These are the people and brands that I found to be extremely engaging, soulful, and my pleasure to have met at the Simply Italian 2015 US Tour. Produced by the Italian Wine & Style Promotion company this past October, it was held in San Francisco’s opulent Fairmont Hotel. All […]

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Hello, this is Piedmonte calling, can you hear me now?

Simply Italian 2015 US Tour, continued… These are the people and brands that I found to be extremely engaging, soulful, and my pleasure to have met at the Simply Italian 2015 US Tour. Produced by the Italian Wine & Style Promotion company this past October, it was held in San Francisco’s opulent Fairmont Hotel. All […]

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Simply Italian Great Wines US Tour in San Francisco

[This stunningly beautiful image, of the Fairmont in San Francisco, has been provided by the Fairmont Hotel. It’s an important picture, because it sets the stage for this amazing Simply Italian Great Wines US tour. All of the stops were pulled out, as you can see.] Steve Heimoff once said to me, “If I accepted […]

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Thanksgiving Wines continued…

Continued from yesterday… This collection has inspired the following story. Each wine is fitting of any Thanksgiving celebration, and also popped into my head as I looked at the world map on the treasure chest, that we’re all one from around the globe. White 2014 Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Produced by Concha y Toro ~ […]

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Thanksgiving Wines ~ Oooo la la, from France and beyond

You’ve heard the saying, “my cup runneth over,” right? Well, this is my Thanksgiving, so I’m sharing the bounty in any way that I can. Life has delivered all of this over the last month or so. The basket and its wine has arrived from Wine of The Month Club. Its contents will be going […]

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And HE said that there are NO indigenous grape varieties in Italy

Definition of indigenous: “…originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often followed by to): the plants indigenous to Canada; the indigenous peoples of southern Africa. 2. innate; inherent; natural (usually followed by to): feelings indigenous to human beings.” From this definition, can we find many indigenous grape varieties? I would say […]

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Italy is weighing in as having the most indigenous grapes + Cabernet labrusco

Who has the most indigenous grapes? I once wrote that Portugal has more indigenous grape varieties than any other country in the world. At the time (June 17, 2010) I was entrenched in Portugal, its culture, its people, its wines. I then glimpsed that Italy also declared that it had more indigenous grape varieties, but […]

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Vintage Wine news from Friuli

From Friuli with love… The benefits of having a wine blog is that it daily continues my wine education, beyond what I’m learning and writing about our clients. Clients pay me to keep up, so that keeping up has to do with information that will benefit them directly. Yes, social media is also moving that […]

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Italian Wine Equals Great Romance

Italian wine equals romance in my world. Why? I don’t really know, they just do. Perhaps it’s the past life I’ve had in Venice? Maybe it’s dreaming in Italian, but in my waking life I don’t understand the language, but in a dream I understood every word… So much so that it woke me out […]