New York-based Banfi Vintners parted ways with Riunite, Bolla, and a number of other well-known Italian wine brands this spring, with those labels moving to Frederick Wildman & Sons. After building Riunite into a multi-million-case brand over the years, Banfi is now revamping its approach to focus sharply on the premium and luxury market, leading w...

Viticulture enthusiasts in Piedmont, a renowned wine-producing region of Italy, can wander the halls and rooms of a castle that dates back to the 10th century to trace the evolution of wine’s significance to humankind. The journey begins in nature, then moves into the discovery of wine and how it’s impacted civilizations and cultures throughout his...

Negli Stati Uniti, il commercio dei prodotti agroalimentari biologici viene regolamentato dalla USDA, ossia dal Dipartimento di Agricoltura Americano (U.S. Department of Agricolture). Generalmente, i produttori che appartengono a tale settore vanno incontro alla procedura standard di certificazione prevista dalla USDA che prevede la scelta dell’age...

Until the cocktail revolution of the last 20-odd years, the Negroni was Patrick Stewart before Star Trek called. The Italian-born mix of gin, vermouth and Campari had its fans, enjoyed the critics’ respect, and was well-known in the country of its birth, but it was far from a household name in America or the rest of the world. Now, of course, it is...

Do you want to sip (or swill) rosé in a rosé garden this summer? Of course you do. So head to La Centrale, the Italian food hall at Brickell City Centre. And don’t forget to bring your cell phone, because you’re going to want to take photos. The Rosé Garden experience is part of the Summer in Italy promotion, so it’s only here for a few months. You...

Leftover wine from that party last eve? Don’t toss it – make these simple Italian cookies instead.  I first came to learn of these wonderful little cookies during a cooking class at Locanda Demetra in Montalcino.  Leftover wine from their dinner the night before was simply mixed with sugar, olive oil and flour to become these very tasty treats.  Th...

I cannot remember a time as a youth when I did not assist my Dad in the making of wine. I must have been 3 or 4 years old when I first began helping him in the cellar in Verona, Penn. The grapes had that sweet, sticky smell and touch. The white grapes were called muscatel, and the purple ones — which looked black to me — were zinfandel. This was ba...

Tuscany is famous for its vineyards and variety of grapes, which results in a huge selection of wines. Thanks to the fame acquired in the course of years, wine has become an important factor of regional economy, also when it comes to tourism: the so-called ‘strade del vino‘, the roads of wine, are a combination of palatal delight with passion for v...

Every month, Rainbow Lodge at 2011 Ella hosts casual, walk-around-style Monthly Wine Tasting Events, each with a different theme and food pairings! On June 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m, Marc Borel kicks off Part One of the “Passport to Italy” series, a three-event Italian wine tour. This month’s tasting focuses on Italy’s Northern region and other regi...

A little more than four years ago at my Italian wine blog, I wrote an article about Italy's 50 Best White Wines. It may have been the first article of its type, as white wines tend to be greatly overshadowed by the country's famous reds. But having visited virtually every region of Italy, tasting the typical wines of each area, it became clear to m...