Happy New Year Italian wine loving friends! I'm thrilled to start the New Year featuring one of my favorite Italian red native grapes, Aglianico.  Aglianico, pronounced "ah-lee-ah-knee-co", is an Italian native grape found in southern Italy, mostly in the Campania and Basilicata wine regions. It's a dark, almost black colored, grape that buds early...

In a particularly difficult year such as 2020, the Prosecco Doc sector achieved a growth in sales which led it to cross the threshold of half a billion bottles, also thanks to the great success of Prosecco Rosé. Data related to 2021 witnessed a further leap made by the product protected by the protection Consortium led by Stefano Zanette (in the pi...

What is the meaning of “Aperitivo Italiano”? An aperitivo (or apéritif) is often described as being similar to the American happy hour, but in reality, it’s much more than that. An Aperitivo is joyous and mood-lifting, it relaxes you after a day of work or prepares you for the night to come. Aperitivo, with its cheerful yet elegant nature, is a sta...

Whenever Italian wine is mentioned, one of the first words that comes to mind is 'Chianti.' It is without question the most familiar wine designation for Italian wine in this country. The Consorzio Vini Chianti embarked on the Chianti lovers U.S. Tour 2022. Winemakers from 24 wineries from the Consorzio's 30 territories displayed their wares in tas...

Known for its Greek temples, Mediterranean beaches, a renowned culinary and enological legacy, and one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Sicily is an island that has it all. Thanks to its location at the center of numerous trade routes, its volcanic soil and warm climate, the island has lured travelers and conquerors over millennia, and each le...

There is no such thing as a 100% “safe” investment. And yet, among alternative assets, the wine sector has been offering solid certainties for years. On the other hand, fine wines as a whole have seen their value increase by 147% in 10 years, according to the Knight Frank Luxury Index, produced by a company that deals mainly with luxury real estate...

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, has been growing grapes and producing wine for more than 3,000 years. While American consumers are more familiar with Prosecco, Chianti and other wines from the northern half of the country, Sicilian wines have been raising their profile over the past decade thanks to a concerted effort given to...

An estimated 900 million bottles of Italian sparkling wine were sold in 2021, with sales in foreign markets up by 20%, new data has shown. Production value exceeded €2.4 billion for the first time, and is up by 170% over the past decade, according to data published by the Italian Wine Union (UIV) - Ismea Observatory. Sparkling wine now accounts for...

As some of us may know, we owe the birth of the world’s favorite sparkling wine, champagne, to a Catholic monk, Dom Perignon, a 17th-century Benedictine monk. He was one of the winemaking pioneers who perfected the art of making clear white wines in the Champagne region of France. But not many of us may know that the Italian version of champagne, t...

Moscato can get an (undeserved!) bad rap. Though it's available in semi-sweet and dry varieties, haters often dismiss the sparkling wine as too sugary. Well, guess what? They don't know what they're missing out on. The right bottle of Moscato has a refreshingly light and fruity taste, the kind of wine that's prefect for sipping at brunch or as an a...