Archive for the ‘Italy’ Category


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 ~ […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Thanksgiving Wines ~ The Reds and a White

Today’s blog is about red wines for this coming holiday. Wines are a natural  topic during this time of giving thanks, since I’m in the wine business… right? During this time of year, from one year to the next, I reflect upon who’s been there for me in the past cycle… entrusting me with their […]


Thanksgiving wines with a big thank you ~ The Whites

Thanksgiving wines are a natural wine topic. During this time of year, from one year to the next, I reflect upon who’s been there for me in the past cycle… entrusting me with their stories. This blog post is more about giving thanks than it is about Thanksgiving wines. It is more interesting, however, if […]


Stiletto Wine ~ The making of a wine brand

Stiletto Wines is brought to us by Middleton Family Wines. Middleton is based in Washington State, and these wines have been carefully selected and imported from Sicily. Four generations of family have been contributing to this company. According to them, “Our family has been working the land since 1898, when we started a lumber business in Aberdeen, […]


Piemonte’s Fall Favorites

Piemonte in the fall… Um, the splendor. Piemonte is translated as the foot of the mountain.  And, I’m going with the Italian version of how it’s written and pronounced for this blog story, to be more genuine with the location. This was an excellent lesson about geographical locations, when I visited Lisboa… Right, Lisboa… Different […]