Author Virginia Woolf was of the opinion that “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” The same principle can also be applied to the world of Prosecco, where a hierarchical pyramid establishes the quality of the best bottles, thus guiding consumers in their choice. At the base of the pyramid is DOC Prosecco, which...

Invariably wine lovers compare the world’s sparkling wines to Champagne, a not unreasonable consideration since Champagne has since its creation been a model for what sparkling wine should taste like. Indeed, winemakers who produce bubbly wines around the world often use the so-called méthode champenoise by which still wine receives an addition of...

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...

This year, Italian Cuisine Week in the World – in its fourth edition – aims to promote Italy’s agri-food industry and the tradition of high-quality food and wine which is so central to the Italian identity and culture. DAS of Michigan will celebrate the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills, where the grapes that produce the famous Prosecco sparkling...

The Italian American Cultural Club finalized plans for its fall fundraiser, Festa Del Vino, when members gathered for their October meeting held at Scaffidi’s Restaurant. Judy Krenzel, chairman, reported that Festa Del Vino will be held Nov. 8 at St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food and wine-tasting available...

If you love Italian wine, Piedmont could very well be your favorite region. Piedmont is in the North of Italy, at the foot of the Alps. In fact, “foot of the mountain” is the English translation of the word “Piedmont.” The three most famous varieties growing here are Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolchetto. Among the Piedmontese, wines made from the Barbe...

Barolo is a small town located in the Piedmont region in Italy in the famous wine producing region of Langhe. The town is famous for its many vineyards and its many varieties of red wine which are made from the nebbiolo grape. Barolo is located in the Cuneo province and it can only be called a village. Barolo is spread over a tiny area of 5.6 sq...

With Italian restaurants, you learn as you eat, starting with the name, which could be a family name, a place, a restaurant item or a menu description. Let’s review some family names such as: Maestoso or Cesarina, places like Firenze or Positano and a menu or equipment item like Dolce Pano Vino or Il Fornaio. Then there is the menu selection which...

California’s Napa Valley is world-renowned for hillside winery estates, luxurious boutique hotels, classy bistros and vast expanses of orderly grapevines. The fertile California soil has long supplied the world with celebrated red wine, so it's by no surprise that you can experience some incredible wine-tastings in the region. Beyond the typical, t...

Stretching more than 200 miles from tip to tip, Puglia is a land of exciting diversity. Many wine lovers are familiar with this southern Italian region’s stalwart grape, Primitivo, but a revisit might be in order to understand the variety’s true range. The most famous is Primitivo di Manduria Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC), a region in...