Alfonso Cevola

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Basilicata - Divining the Future of Italian Wine in a Place that Time Forgot

If you could find a window into a world, where time hasn't moved so rapidly, where things are like they were a year, five or even 50 years ago, would …

Assessing the Controversial/ Disastrous/Fabulous Italian Wine Harvest of 2017

Here we are – November 5, 2017 – for the most part the Italian wine harvest is over. And while we’re months and years away from practically …

The Necromancer's Guide to Italian Wine

It all started with the Jewish prophet from Bethlehem, that turning water into wine piece of sorcery. How could we top that? After a couple of …

The 2017 Harvest in Umbria and Tuscany - Fear and "Global Weirding"

<i>"What do you get when you fall in love? A guy with a pin to burst your bubble."</i><p>There are parts of Tuscany that evade Brunello and Chianti Classico’s …

America Under Fire: An Open Letter to the Italian Wine Community

Click here NOW to donate and have your donation matched - SGWS CA Wildfire Relief Fund<p>Caro amici e colleghi,<p>It seems every Sunday terrible news comes …

"I have no words..." - Calling on our global wine community to support Tony and Lisa McClung's Napa Fire Rebuild fund

Click here NOW to support Tony and Lisa McClung's Napa Fire Rebuild fund (organized by Claire Casey Brandani)<p>The world is filled with sorrow. But …

The Navelgazer’s Last Tour of Italy

<i>Swept away by an apoplectic American destiny in a red plane in October</i><p>One more time, I’m on a plane going from Rome, Italy to America, and the young …

The 2017 Harvest in Umbria and Tuscany - Fear and "Global Weirding"

<i>Chianti Classico - O Brother, Where Art Thou?</i><p>We’re all struggling to seek, explain and unfold Chianti Classico in today’s world. Not a “cool” wine in …

How do you solve a problem like Maremma?

For years, the aura of the Super Tuscan has reflected a masculine, testosterone-laden persona, depicting a “Magnificent Seven” persona. The world was …

The 2017 Harvest in Umbria and Tuscany - Fear and "Global Weirding"

Italian wine often arrives in a van loaded with emotion. Call me moonstruck from day one. As an observer over the years, there’s something about …

Stripped, Shocked and Surprised - Is There a Unicorn in the Cave?

Over the lifespan of this blog, I’ve written a post, on average, once every three days. For those who aren't familiar, they’ve developed into essays, …

Making Wine Your #Life- and Making It Matter

We are now officially in the post-ferragosto dog days of summer. The kind of days where, if you walk outside to get the paper or the mail or jog …

Reflections on (almost) turning 50 – it’s the little things

<i>Festina Lente</i><p>Steadfast upon this sweltering little orb in the universe, moving at 1,000 miles per hour, rotating around a sun at 67,000 miles per …

The Sunset Somm – Tinkering Forever with Chance

<i>“Start as a dishwasher. Become a salesman. Exit as an accountant. Sunset as ambassador. QED” – Joseph Spellman, M.S.</i><p>I read the quote above, from a …

An Encounter in the Bardo - The Mentor and the Longtimer

<i>Ex ante</i><p>Walking along a hiking path, on the edge of the continent and from the neighboring country to the south, the longtimer came upon a narrow …

Insights into Life and Wine ~ While Hiking Among the Old Growths

There’s a bit of the old Zen when walking among the ancient living ones on our continent in the Pacific Northwest. One is that we humans, as old as …

Back to the Basics in Basilicata

Americans still want to go to Italy – in fact more of them are going than ever before. And so I have been getting more than my share of queries from …

The Angry White Man’s Guide to Italian Wine

<i>Un po' pasquinata, per piacere</i><p>The lawn chairs are gathered, the Roman candles have been foraged from the local fireworks store (just outside the city …

Do old Italian-American restaurants hate new Italian wine?

For those whose families emigrated from Italy over 100 years ago, it is a secure bet that we still identify with our roots. In the U.S., we’re …

Puglia's Rosé Conundrum - Through a Glass Darker

How is it a trait that a place is known for, even famous, shuns the quality in favor of fashion? It happens all the time - take a walk through Times …

40 Years - On the Wine Trail in Puglia

<i>What a difference 14,520 days makes</i><p>It seems to be unimaginable for someone young today to digest a span of time like 40 years. And when older people, …

Italian Wines – Multifaceted, Bright, Complex and Confounding

I see it all the time – like Groundhog’s Day – people are interested in Italy, the cultures, the food, the fashion, the design, the statues. But …

Who cares what wine bottle you post on Instagram?

<b>PTI – ME!</b><p><i>"It’s all about your brand!"</i> <i><br>"Why be a follower, when you can be an influencer?"</i> <i><br>"Make your mark (BIG!) for enhanced career opportunities!"</i><p>As …

The Fortunes of the Times - Great Italian Vintages from the “Noughties” - 2012-2016

Frequent readers already know this little secret – Italy is in a full-blown Golden Age for wine. Never have we seen more great wine coming out of …

Piedmont’s controversial 2014 vintage in the Langhe

How important is <i>vintage</i>? Does terroir prevail over the wind and the rain and the sun? Does a farmer, who works the land for 40 years, have special …

Rare and precious – And other unlikely juxtapositions

It started last night while I was looking for a bottle of wine to go with the lasagne. I wanted something a bit rustic, not too heavy, maybe with …

Is the World Ready for New Italian Wine?

When Jon Bonné penned his groundbreaking book, The New California Wine, he caused a lot of us to look at wine in a different light. It wasn’t so much …

An introvert’s guide to surviving Vinitaly

<i>Amor litteras ad Vinitaly</i><p>My dear mom was an extrovert. Being around people recharged her batteries, not that she needed them to. She was a perpetual …

Valpolicella at a Crossroads in the New Millennium

Outside a storm is passing over, the sky rumbling in a way that is at once ominous and reassuring. Texas in April is not for the faint of heart. …

Who are the Future “Thought Leaders” for Italian Wine?

With harvest behind us and winemaking for the year finished, Italians in the wine trade are living out of their suitcases. Traveling to markets …