Archive for the Tag 'Italy'

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Roses to Write Home About

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 a […]

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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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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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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 […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Astoria 2014 Alìsia Pinot Grigio

Want to stand out above the madding crowd? Well, Astoria‘s 2014 Alìsia Pinot Grigio surely does. So much so that I see it as a great picnic decoration, after you’ve enjoyed the wine. Gather some asters, daisies, Queen Ann’s Lace, whatever; put them into the bottle, after everyone’s enjoyed the wine, and place it on […]

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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 ~ 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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Verona ~ The Cesari Vineyard of Verona ~ prima parte #IAMarone

As I’ve written about Portugal, To Understand a Wine, Once Must First Understand its People. Now, it’s my time to learn about Verona, Italy: The customs of its people, its foods and wines, art and music, its landscapes, and its history. This is all for the purpose of understanding Cesari wines and what makes the […]