Archive for the ‘Italy’ Category

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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 […]

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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 […]