On the Wine Trail in Italy

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On the Road Again: What I Did On My Summer Vacation

The past two months have been a blur. Travel like I’ve never had. Criss-crossing the United States. Seattle. Atlanta. Austin. Kansas City. Portland. …

5 of the Most Important Patron Saints of Italian Wine You’ve Never Heard About

In Italy, where the seat of the Catholic Church sits in Rome, many souls have drifted away from the sacred to the secular. But there is a cultural …

The "New" International Style in Winemaking Veers to the Left

Angelo Gaja had this thing for Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux. And so, he planted it in Piedmont in the 1970’s. Pio Boffa went to Napa Valley in the …

The Judgement of Paros – The Greek Paradox

From this view on the perch, Greek wine should be winning more than it appears to be. The Greek wine importers and government agencies are investing …

Old Vine Vs. Old Wine: A Modern-Day Dilemma

In today’s hyper-rarefied clime in which the world’s wine elite bask, for most folks the access to ancient and great old wine can often seem …

July 1, 2043: No More Tattoos, No More Natural Wine

<i>An unexpected, but inevitable, missive, from Last Gen <br>(translation by devinchi’s Submarine)</i><p>It’s so odd to be writing this note to people who are …

So, you think you love wine. But do you like wine?

This month, while traveling in Connecticut, I was in a little wine shop in Madison, chatting with a salesperson. She was a self-described millennial, …

The Bi-Coastal Post-Retirement Italian Wine List Report

In the last two weeks, I’ve been on both sides of the northern corners of America. It must be my busy time of retirement. And it appears the demands …

Can (or Should) a Wine Be Life-Changing?

The Flying WallendasLife-changing. It’s a pretty tall order. I’ve had some things that have happened that were life changing. Two years ago, almost …

Getting All Caught Up in the Tangle of this Grape Thing

It’s 4:00 AM and I’m staring at the ceiling in bed, eyes wide open. And I’m thinking about wine. Wine, wine, wine. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. …

The Long Green Mile – An Enduring Life in Italy

It is not without the slightest tinge of envy, that I read the many people who work so hard to taste wine, write about it and share their notes with …

A Grand and Beautiful Italian Dilemma

I’ve been in Italy for three weeks now. It has been more than 40 years that I have spent this much time in Italy in one, uninterrupted period. As a …

Valdobbiadene: The Spiritual Center of Italy’s Wine World

A million years ago, KPFK in Los Angeles aired a story about the Rolling Stone performer, Brian Jones, who found a tribe of master musicians in …

Prosecco: What it is and what it isn’t

Of the epiphanies I had at Vinitaly this year, one of them was over Prosecco. Watching the Prosecco phenomenon over the last 25 years has been one …

Vinitaly 2018 - Impressions and Epiphanies

For my first time in 34 years, Vinitaly was an exploration of a different kind. While, previously, I have attended as a tradesperson, now I am free …

Reorganization Man at the Dawn of a New Age

We’re only a week into this next chapter, and I’m bushed. And I’m also relieved and excited, like I just crossed over on a tightrope, without a net, …

Parting with the shadow to pursue the substance

<i>Eo Romam iterum crucifigi</i><br>How easy it is, these days, to give in to the dark and destructive tendencies which seem to be roiling the bipeds on the …

How Influential is an Influencer?

<i>From the Navel-gazing Observatory on the Italian wine trail</i><br>Recently, I peered into the <i>petite armoire</i> of a colleague in wine who passed away a few …

Six days in an Italian jail

<i>A story inspired by real-life events...</i><br>What would you do if, all of a sudden, you couldn’t drink wine? If the forces of destiny didn’t allow you the …

My (Oh, So Superior) Wine vs. Your (So-So) Wine

<i>from the archives...</i><br>Three weeks on the road, driving across Texas - Dallas to Houston to San Antonio to Austin to Dallas - there has been time to …

In Search of the Untamed - Is it Too Late for Italy?

In a lifetime quest to uncover every inch of Italy, what I have been looking for lately has been a return to something I found very early and didn’t …

Wine for the Rest of Your Life

<i>“As wine ages, sometimes it goes into this period, let’s call it a hiccup, in which it is not this robust, vibrant, hunk of a wine.”</i> - I wrote in my …

Snapshot of a Twenty-Something – the Somm in the Sky

<i>…my very own walk in the clouds</i><br>This week, many of the great palates (tongue and minds) of wine descended from their perches to land in Dallas, to …

Is Calabria the New Etna?

Bucita, Calabria - 1977 - A Member of the FamilyWhen, in the course of talking about Italy and Italian wine with those around me, in the wine trade, …

Prosecco’s Epic Fail in the New Italian Hotspots in America

What has happened to Prosecco in America? Has it become but a mere commodity, aimed for a populist demographic, with the lowest price now being the …

Italy’s Unsung Heroes Series – Giuliano Noé

<i>An influencer behind the influencers</i> <br>The story I am about to tell you doesn’t have anything to do with words or language. Which is odd, because here …

I Left My Heart in Barbaresco

<i>High on a hill, it calls to me</i><br>What is it about a place that marks one’s soul? When a place seems more than recognizable the first time one walks in …

Everything I know about Italian wine I learned from the French

<i>Well, almost…</i><br>"My favorite" - Jacopo Bacci @ Four Seasons Hotel - Hong Kong."Bordeaux − I’m [virtually] in the modern center of the business of wine – …

So, You Want to be an Italian Wine Expert?

<i>from the "notes to myself" dept.</i><br>We Americans spend a lot of time alone. In the car, in front of a computer, and if one is lucky, taking long walks …