Sicily, like the rest of Italy, has long been known as red wine territory. Yet slowly, the whites of Sicily, particularly those grown in the foothills of Mount Etna, have been earning attention as among the most distinctive and unusual white wines in Italy, if not the world. What makes them so different? These are not conventional, fruity whites. T...

Italy has set a record at the annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC), which is regarded as the most comprehensive and rigorous international wine competition of its kind. For the first time since the contest’s beginning in 2014, Italy, led by Trentodoc with 27 Gold medals, has won the most medals of any other country, provi...

When Luigi Rubino established Tenute Rubino in 1999, the idea of producing 1.2 million bottles of wine using estate-grown indigenous grapes annually seemed light-years away. However, fast-forward 20 years and that is exactly what he is doing, along with his wife and business partner Romina Leopardi and their winemaker Luca Petrelli. Rubino’s father...

Celebrity wines have become highly popular in recent years. A phenomenon of the last quarter century of winemaking in the United States has been the advent and increasing popularity of wines endorsed by, or oftentimes owned and produced by, artists from all segments of the entertainment industry, not to mention the lesser-known Silicon Valley entre...

Let’s face it, the summer heat can sometimes get rough in Italy. From June to September, midday to 5pm, all but the most intrepid Italophiles will be forced inside to the comfort of a shady, and ideally air conditioned, room. Early evenings though can be some of the most enjoyable times to spend in il bel paese. This is the perfect season, after al...

Is your summer half empty or half full?  Recently, I overheard several people lament that, following the Fourth of July, the summer season “is all but over.” Blasphemy! If things need perking up, do what I do: Turn to Trentino (generally called Trento), a high-altitude autonomous province in northeast Italy where some of the best sparkling wines re...

The medieval town plan of the Borgo is made up of huddled houses with the typical red roofs. The historical centre offers a beautiful view of the surrounding vineyards. This area is famous for the production of excellent wines and wineries are often housed inside noble dwellings. One of these, the 18th century dwelling owned by Conti di Castelborgo...

Le Marche is located in the central eastern part of Italy and is the 2nd hilliest region after Umbria.  Its capital is Ancona, which runs down to Monte Conero, the highest cliff on the east coast.  It forms what is known as the elbow of Italy or il gomito d’Italia.  Le Marche is dominated by mountains and hills and is a rather undeveloped region co...

Con 71 medaglie d'oro e 92 d'argento, l'Italia sorpassa la Francia, ferma a 61 medaglie di prima classe e 49 di seconda. La classifica in questione è la "Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Champ" che a Londra ha consentito alle produzioni nostrane di effettuare uno storico risultato ai danni dei cugini transalpini. La più importante graduatoria mondi...

The 31st Annual Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival is still more than a week away but local residents were able to get a sneak peak Wednesday evening. Festival organizers held a wine tasting to preview West Virginia’s largest Italian festival that see more than 150,000 people attend annually. However, if it wasn’t for several commun...