Wines from Lugana DOC

Lugana: Discover Italy’s Hidden White Wine Gem

Lugana plays a significant role in Italian wine history. The region was the first in Italy to obtain its DOC designation in 1967. Situated on the lower portion of Lake Garda in northern Italy, the wine region embodies two provinces Brescia and Verona and two regions Lombardy and Veneto. Furthermore, this area is strictly known

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Dante Bernardis and Valneo Livon

Livon Family: Experiencing Wines of Collio, Tuscany and Umbria

The Italian winemaking family typically involves a legacy of generations, an inherent passion for wine and insatiable love of the land where they grew up. Today many of these families are spreading their influence to encompass several different wine regions. This expansion often includes creating either a resort or a unique destination for the wine

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Luce Vertical Wine Tasting

Luce: Defining old and new world winemaking in Montalcino

When traveling we never know the impressions a particular place will have on each of us. Sometimes our awareness pops up months after we return. Last fall I traveled to Italy and visited Montalcino. I walked the charming village, visited a nearby Abbey and winery but the true impact of this scenic spot did not

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Montalbera Ruché Di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG

Montalbera: Making a name for Ruché

The quest to discover new varieties or an interesting wine is at the heart of every wine writer. It goes hand in hand with the pursuit to increase one’s knowledge of wine. Italy with its long history of growing and producing wine propagates the largest number of indigenous grapes. Today Italy cultivates well over 2000

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Falletto Barbaresco and Barolo

Folio Fine Wine Partners: A portfolio of prestigious red wine

Who could resist a wine tasting of luxury wines, a dilemma that I think we all know the answer to. Case in point occurred when I attended a Folio Fine Wine Partners Wine Tasting at Stanley’s Wet Goods in Culver City. Impressive accurately describes the wines sampled. The wines featured represented mostly red wine from

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Cecchi Riserva Di Famigli Chianti Classico Riserva

Cecchi: A family’s affinity with Chianti and more

I discovered Cecchi Family Estates while traveling in Tuscany last year. I visited their Val Delle Rose Winery in Maremma. Unbeknownst to me at the time; the Cecchi  family planted some of the first vineyards in Maremma, thus established themselves as pioneers in the area. Fast-forward to May of 2017; luckily I am invited to

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View from the Terenzi to Scansano

Terenzi: A Family affair with Maremma and Morellino Di Scansano

The saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” aptly fits the Terenzi winery. Beauty has been part of the Terenzi  legacy for some time. It began with cosmetics and eventually turned into the beauty of the land the family owns near Scansano in Maremma. It is also the beauty of the grapes and

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Maremma View - A Tuscan Landscape

Maremma: Tuscany’s hidden Secret

When we think of Tuscany and wines, our minds immediately reference Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Montepulciano but rarely do we conjure up Maremma and the wines of Morellino Di Scansano. This region lying in the Tuscan Province of Grossetto is Tuscany’s hidden gem. There is more to Maremma than Sangiovese wine. Discovering Morellino Di Scansano was

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The Wines of Ca' del Bosco

Ca’ del Bosco: Bringing friends together over Franciacorta

It was an opportune day when attending the well-known Franciacorta producer, Ca’ del Bosco luncheon at Spago. This was a luncheon about friendship and wine. It became obvious when Wolfgang Puck dines at our table, that he and Maurizio Zanella are long time friends who have shared many wonderful experiences over Maurizio’s wine and Wolfgang’s

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Vignalta Reds

Vignalta: The Best of Colli Euganei

For most visiting a winery, being in the environment is the best way to discover what a particular winery is all about, especially those in Europe. This was not the case with Vignalta. Last May I had the opportunity to visit the Colli Euganei region. This trip included a visit to Vignalta. I enjoyed seeing

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