The terms organic, sustainable and biodynamic seem to be all the hype whether we’re talking about food or wine.  Every brand that is certified under these labels boast proudly their practices for all to know.    So what is the difference between organic and biodynamic wines?  The laws vary from country to country, but in Italy organic wines relate...

What's Italian for Champagne? The answer, in part, lies in the Trentino region of Italy, which is in the Italian Alps. Trentodoc, the name for the style of Italian sparkling wine from the Trentino region, is made by metodo classico, which is to say, in the French style of making Champagne (in which bubbles form during a secondary fermentation in th...

If you were looking for an agreeable location to establish a vineyard, you could do a whole lot better than the string of marshy islands that make up Italy’s Venetian lagoon. Never mind the shortage of available real estate and a waterborne logistics economy that makes almost everything more expensive than it is on the mainland. Venice and the isla...

OperaWine is Vinitaly's opulent introduction which, every year, features 100 of Italy's greatest producers selected by the American magazine Wine Spectator. OperaWine is the only annual tasting event supported by Wine Spectator that is held outside the United States. On the day before the opening of the Vinitaly expo, the OperaWine gala takes place...

You’ll find evidence of the shared history of the United States and Tuscany in every corner of Florence, even in your neighborhood gelato shop. Wine too is a thread that has connected our two countries since even before the establishment of the Consulate in Florence in 1819.Naturally, it all goes back to Thomas Jefferson and Filippo Mazzei. Mazzei...

Enrico Colavita and Nunzio Castaldo announced today Colavita’s investment for joint ownership of highly regarded Italian wine importer, Panebianco LLC . “My family has been looking a long time for the right opportunity to get into the wine business,” explained Enrico Colavita, President of Colavita SpA, which has its international headquarters in P...

L’AMERICA terra promessa del vino italiano, il mercato più importante per il nostro export, con un valore di 1,7 miliardi di dollari. Ma quali sono i vini più amati dagli americani? Ce lo dice un sondaggio di Wine Spectator, la bibbia dei wine-lovers americani, presentato ad Opera Wine 2019. Il vino preferito dai lettori della rivista americana è i...

For the last two columns I have been focusing on a subject dear to my heart, dear to my heritage and dear to my wallet: the wines of Campania. This wine region in Southern Italy, southeast of Naples, has been cultivated for millennia for its indigenous grapes. These wines, planted by ancient Greeks and Romans, flourished for centuries, but were nea...

The Pursuit of Excellence at Castello Banfi inspired research to produce wines more naturally. Several of Europe’s foremost enologists joined the president of The World and The Italian Enological Societies at Castello Banfi to pioneer technology to reduce sulfites, eliminate histamines and errant enzymes, perfect vineyard improvements, develop nitr...

The lands that surround Catania and Mount Etna in Sicily have been farmed since the Neolithic; indeed, they’re home to the oldest agricultural civilization on the island. The land is so fertile thanks to volcanic soils; vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain, the highest active volcano in Europe, and the broad plain o...