Archive for the ‘Italy’ Category

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The Benedictine Monks Are Smiling ~ Their Abby is Now Chianti’s Castello di Meleto… a Wine Company

Wine Philology: Wine History I was the guest of Castello di Meleto in Gaiole ~ In the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. Hosted by Antonia Caserta (sales manager) [PHOTO: Historical image from the Castello di Meleto website] Forget your daddy’s straw basket candle holder, dripping with memories. Castello di Meleto in the Chianti region of Tuscany has gone way upscale sophisticated and […]

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Colonnara Viticultori in Cupramontana ~ In the Castelli di Jesi region of Le Marche

[PHOTO: Jo Diaz – Cupramontana Headquarters] To understand wine, first we need understand its culture and people. The first time I wrote that was in 2009, just prior to a trip to Portugal. This thought was just reaffirmed, as I’m newly returned from an Italian adventure, in the epicenter of the Renaissance. This story is about […]

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Castello di Meleto: Gaiole in Chianti – Tuscany, The Adventure Begins with a View From the Bluest Sky

[PHOTO: Antonia Caserta of Castello di Meleto. All other images in this story were taken by Jo Diaz] Day 1 – Flew into Rome as a guest of both Castello di Meleto in Gaiole ~ In the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany and Colonnara Viticultori in Cupramontana ~ In the Castelli di Jesi region of Le Marche […]

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When a Wine Lover and Electronic Geek Collide, it’s got to be a Kelvin

As a wine writer, I’m occasionally queried about trying samples of new products that hit the marketplace. This is one of those stories. [Both the Kelvin K2 and and the delicious Barrel Road Red Blend are samples in this story.] It all began in early September: Hi Jo: I’m hoping that I can send you […]

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When Bluest Sky Group Destiny Calls ~ Tuscany Is on the Horizon

LOGO: Permission of the Bluest Sky Group What is Bluest Sky Group? From Micheal Yurch’s Website: The Bluest Sky Group (BSG) is a brand focused organization specializing in working with wineries worldwide that are trying to either enter or improve their position in the very complex American marketplace. Our basic program is a three year […]

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Valentine Value Vinos from Around the Globe ~ Wines of the Week ~ Bervini 1955 Sparkling wines

PREFACE: THE HEART OF THE DEAL ~ THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statement I can’t make up their history Nor am I to try THE SCIENCE OF THE DEAL ~ WINEMAKING THE SOUL OF THE DEAL ~ SAMPLE From: WINE TREES USA   Bervini 1955 2016 Prosecco DOC Millesimato Extra Dry […]

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Valentine Value Vinos from Around the Globe ~ Wines of the Week ~ Vintage Prosecco and Paringa

PREFACE THE HEART OF THE DEAL ~ THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statement I can’t make up their history Nor am I to try THE SCIENCE OF THE DEAL ~ WINEMAKING THE SOUL OF THE DEAL ~ SAMPLE Sample from: Quintessential Wines   2016 Vintage Prosecco, Veneto Italy THE HEART OF […]

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Valentine Value Vinos from Around the Globe ~ Wines of the Week ~ Day 2 ~ Château de Saint-Amour + Moscato d’Asti DOCG

PREFACE THE HEART OF THE DEAL ~ THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statement I can’t make up their history Nor am I to try THE SCIENCE OF THE DEAL ~ WINEMAKING THE SOUL OF THE DEAL ~ SAMPLE Sample from: Quintessential Wines     2015 Château de Saint-Amour from Georges Duboeuf […]

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Christmas Fair and Wines to Pair ~ A Seamlessly Delicious Meal

Since November 1994, the Ultimate Thanksgiving issue from Bon Appétit holds the most delicious recipes ever for holiday meals that features turkey, chicken, goose, name the bird and here you’ll find deliciousness. And each year, I run right back to this well worn issue, to continue the journey. In fact, this magazine is the only […]

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The Wine Scholar Guild ~ How to become an expert for French, Italian, and Spanish Wines

Real story: When in Boston, I was a bit lost, so I asked a police offer, “How do I get to Harvard?” His answer, “Study haaad.” How does anyone learn about wine? Well, if you spend 25 years in it, you’ll have a great background in whatever companies that employ you. Or, you can just […]