Alfonso Cevola

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Just who are the Italians making wine for?

For a wine producing country that makes approximately 25% of the world’s wine, Italy is in a unique position. In 50 years, the market for Italian …

Italy

The 100 Day Wine Abstinence Program

<i>Has the role wine plays in our lives become too invasive?</i><p>After a five hour drive this past week from Dallas to Houston (a bit longer than usual …

Drinking

"Our wine is better than French wine" - Italian Prime Minister Renzi at #Vinitaly2016

25 Years ago, writing about the 25th Vinitaly in Civilatà del bere, journalist James M. Johnson devoted ten pages to the wine exhibition. Along with …

Wine and Spirits

"Wine is not the goal"

In a recent post from Italy and ViniVeri, Jeremy Parzen referenced the poet/philosopher/wine writer Sandro Sangiorgi. Odd, in that I have been doing …

Wine and Spirits

Do you have to “love wine” to love wine?

I remember the first time a woman told me, “I love you, but I’m not in love with you.” I couldn’t quite understand what she meant. But I eventually …

Southern Italy

Easter of the Immigrants – A Feast for the Ages

Over the past month, as my personal fog has lifted, there have been dreams. And in these dreams, many of them have had family who are no longer with …

San Gimignano – Vernaccia, Fireflies and the Dark Energy of Hope

<i>The vault of memory stores more than kisses, licks, slaps, bites and stings.</i><p>A long-time colleague of mine obsesses over Vernaccia from San Gimignano. …

Dark Energy

Giacomo Tachis and his Legacy of Disruptive Innovation

<i>“One riot, one ranger”</i><p>Looking out the window on an early morning in March, leaves are falling from the tree. Spring is pushing the last of the old …

Life without wine

Inside the glass, this hurdling liquid, rushing into all the empty crevices, seeming to fulfill a need to order the world around us as expressed in …

Hitting the end of the runway with a bump and a needle

“We’re going to hit you with a low dose of morphine, to help you sleep.” Was I dreaming? After a day which saw no sleep, a hurried drive from Napa …

San Francisco Bay Area

The Best - Not the Greatest - Wine for the Moment

I’ve spent the first part of this year tasting numerous types of Italian wine. More than I can remember in a long time. And while that is part of the …

Wine

Has Valpolicella Ripasso had its day in the sun?

Verona in January can be severe. Or it can be a welcome change from the early spring, when Vinitaly wine fair-goers clog every artery, fill every …

Montalcino - A trip up my personal Congo River to the (mother of all?) Brunello vineyards

The owl was singing outside my room, at midnight. Fog shrouded the mountain. My hotel had turned off the internet connection. And I couldn’t sleep. …

Italy

Lucid dreaming from the streets of Italy

When I talk to many Italians they like to carp about how unfair life is in Italy. Long lines, lots of bureaucracy, low pay, traffic, corrupt …

Italy

Is DOCG in the Future for these Five Hopeful Regions?

From the <i>♫ Catanzaro dreaming on such a winter's day ♫</i> department...<br>With the 74th DOCG, Nizza, now official, Italian oenophiles are asking, “What …

Calabria

How Puglia saved my life

“Is this your first trip to Puglia?” I was asked this past week. “No, I have been here a handful of times,” I answered. “In fact the very first time …

Food

What Will the Next Ten Years Hold for Italian Wine in America?

Looking back is so much easier than this. But the past is dust. So where are we going? All I have are some educated guesses. Maybe not predictions, …

Italy

Adventures on the Wine Trail in Italy – Ten Years After

Somewhere in time I read "one who seriously endeavors in an activity really has nothing to say for the first ten years". It’s all pretty much …

Italy

“What do you want from me?” – Conversations with an old friend in a wine cellar

Peering into my wine closet, I shut the door behind me. Cool, quiet, removed from the world of traffic, frustration, angst. Just me and my bottles, …

Carry On Wayward Son

There are those days in one’s life that mark a moment that is more than just a day. This day is such a one. I don’t talk about it much anymore, but …

Italy

The Barone who traveled from the 19th Century to make wine in the 21st

No matter how crazy and out-of-control the world seems at times, there has to be a balance in one’s own life. This past week, I drove 1,000 miles in …

Victorian Era

Nizza: The Long Tail of Italy’s 74th DOCG and the Waiting Game

It seems ridiculous to still be in limbo over this proposed 74th Italian wine DOCG, held hostage by the governing EU body, waiting, for their final …

Italy

Old Nebbiolo’s Influence on Napa Valley and New California Wine

“I think it’s safe to say I drank more Nebbiolo on my last visit to Napa Valley than Cabernet. And that’s beginning to be more the rule than the …

American West

Dear Dad, Happy 100th – If only you could have been here

We spent much of the weekend moving a 100 year old man. His wife recently died and his family wanted him to be closer to them. He’s a pretty mellow …

Wine

Blood, Sweat and Tiers - Speading a Wine Culture in America

<i>From the “my world and welcome to it” dept…</i><br>GOVERNMENT WARNING: According to the Surgeon General, women<br>and men who enjoy Italian wine, run the risk of …

New Orleans

Will the real Franciacorta please stand up?

I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. The good news is that young, urban wine lovers are really enjoying Franciacorta. The bad news is, many …

Champagne

New York – The Center of the Wine World – for Some

I’ve been to New York three times in as many weeks. They’re getting to know me by name at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar. Some folks in Texas have even asked me …

Italy

Sixteen little eggplants that made a grown man cry

<i>from the "tears of happiness" dept.</i><br>Alfonso and Rafael in Assisi - October 1977Getting to a weekend where there are no obligations, no travel, no …

Wine and Spirits

Youth - Not Wasted on the Young - Not This Time

It’s never easy to stare into the barrel of time. That’s a showdown that time always wins. We may make it for 60, 80, even 100 years, but the time …

Italy

Five Italian wines every 29 year-old should own

This past week I was doing wine service at a wine dinner with a younger salesperson. I poured a glass of wine, the 2011 Felsina Chianti Classico and …