It is not easy to select a limited number of wines characteristic of Italy’s northern regions: there are so many and of such a high quality, I honestly feel guilty leaving names out of this article. Surely, the same would happen if I had to list the best wines of the Italian Centre or the Italian South, but today’s task is harder for me, because I...

As far as Italian wine regions go, it’s hard to beat Barolo. Crowds are thinner than in Chianti, the food better than in Friuli, the landscape lusher than in Umbria or Sicily. In the heart of Italy’s northwestern Piedmont region — a gastronomic paradise famous for its rich pastas and white truffles that are in season right now — this noble wine reg...

For a long time now I’ve heard about the wines of Elisabetta Foradori, but had yet to try them.  I attended a tasting and tried a couple of the teroldego wines that she produces.  Until I did my research into the Foradori winery as well as studing for my Italian Wine Scholar certification I didn’t realize that impact she has made on the wine indust...

A new wine bar and Italian bistro has opened for business in the neighborhood. The fresh addition to Baker, called Postino, can be found at 145 N. Broadway. Postino, which also has locations in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, specializes in Italian-inspired cuisine and wine. On the menu, expect to see items like olives, chicken skewers, meat and che...

Fall is one of the most exciting times of the year, mainly because it is time for vendemmia. The tradition of grape harvesting in Italy ushers in celebration and happiness. In the Roman Empire, it was a way to pay tribute to Bacchus, god of agriculture, wine, and fertility. Today, vendemmia is without a doubt one of the most interesting practices y...

Prosecco was unknown in the US just a few decades ago and now is a common term. Why is prosecco so popular now with young professionals in major metropolitan areas? I believe the name prosecco has a classy ring to English speakers, and the wine itself is quite good and inexpensive. You can give the impression of offering an exotic bubbly wine for a...

The Valle d’Aosta is about as extreme as Italian winemaking gets. Wedged in Alpine northwestern Italy between Switzerland and France, the valley lies in the shadows of some of Europe’s tallest peaks: ice-capped Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. It is Italy’s smallest appellation, with a mere 750 acres of vineyards, and the highest, with vines climbing...

Co-producers Jeff Porter, VinePair (vinepair.com), I.E.E.M. (ieemusa.com) and Colangelo & Partners (colangelopr.com) announce today the debut episode of ‘Sip Trip with Jeff Porter,’ (siptripitaly.com) a culinary road trip through Italy with one of America’s most beloved Italian wine experts, sommelier Jeff Porter. Sip Trip launches on VinePair’s so...

Sometimes there are evenings where the food and wine are simply perfect, both on their own and especially when paired together. Those nights are unforgettable. One such evening I was fortunate enough to participate in was a special Sassicaia dinner at Vivere restaurant at the Italian Village in Chicago. The Italian Village is celebrating its 92nd y...

Il vino lambrusco Campanone delle cantine Lombardini è stato eletto miglior vino rosso frizzante del mondo. A sentenziarlo la medaglia d’oro conquistata al più importante concorso internazionale dedicato ai vini frizzanti: The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships. Tale concorso detiene il primato tra quelli dedicati ai vini frizzanti, il...