Spring Wine Herdade Do Rocim Amphora - Alentejo © Cori solomon

Spring Wine: 12 Wines to Savor this Season

Springtime is the perfect time to enjoy all sorts of wine, from whites to reds. Spring is also the time for bud break and the beginning of a new vintage. The weather is ever-changing, so a heavier red still works, whereas, on a nice warm spring day, a refreshing white can be ideal. Join me … Read more

Sannio Vineyards

Delve Into Sannio: The Rising Star of Campania

When exploring the wines of Campania, one must venture into the hills north of Naples to the subzone of Sannio Benevento, located in the province of Benevento. This hilly area is still relatively unknown to most. What makes this area unique is its recognition of the Falanghina and Aglianico wines, the two defining grapes of … Read more

Sella & Mosca Coastline © Sella & Mosca

Sella & Mosca: The best of Sardinian Wine

The name Sella & Mosca is synonymous with Sardinian Wine. They are the largest producer of wine in Sardinia. Because Spain governed Sardinia for many years, its winemaking and many grape varieties are influenced by Catalans. Sardinia lies between Corsica and Sicily. The island’s conditions with its craggy mountains, rough landscape and the climatic influences … Read more

Dogs and Wine Riva Leone Barbaresco

Dogs and Wine: What Dog Represents Riva Leone Barbaresco

Continuing my dogs and wine series after recently enjoying the Mack & Schühle Riva Leone Barbaresco DOCG, I decided this was the perfect wine to represent another dog breed. This Italian wine showcases a Nebbiolo from Piedmont. Behind the Brand Riva Leone was an ambassador for wines of the Langhe region. He represented these wines … Read more

Italian Food and Wine

Italian Food And Wine Pairing Adventure

What could be better than an Italian food and wine pairing? Last month a group of LA Wine Writers discovered Italian wines from the Taub Family Wine Selections at Marino Restaurant in Los Angeles. We toured across Italy like Stanley Tucci’s series “Searching for Italy,” where he visits different regions of Italy to discover the … Read more

Abruzzo - Pettorano sul Gizio @Chris Cutler

Abruzzo: Getting To Know The Pecorino Grape

One of the highlights of the Wine Media Conference was learning about Abruzzo and the Pecorino grape. Abruzzo is a region in the southern portion of Italy, approximately 80 miles east of Rome. It borders on another wine region, Marche just to the north and the Adriatic Sea on the east. Spanning from the Apennine … Read more

Col d'Orcia Gardens

Col d’Orcia: The best of Brunello Di Montalcino

In 1980 Brunello Di Montalcino became one of the first DOCG designations in Italy. Historical records from the 14th-century show production of Brunello in Montalcino, a town located in the province of Siena south of Florence in the heart of Tuscany. In the 1960s, there were 11 producers of Brunello, and by 1968 the region … Read more

Thanksgiving 2020 Wines

Thanksgiving 2020: Four Wines To Enhance Your Holiday Feast

This year more than ever, we have a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. The challenges of this past year have brought families closer and made us reevaluate our lives. Although many of us cannot celebrate Thanksgiving 2020 together because of COVID, we can share wine on this holiday, whether in person or virtually. … Read more

Labor Day 2020 Wine

Labor Day 2020: Four Wines to Enhance a Barbecue

As Labor Day 2020 comes our way, I think of a day spent with family and friends. On this day, Americans typically enjoy a barbeque with some wine. I think of red wine with this type of meal. To celebrate your Labor Day 2020, here are four Italian red wine suggestions to make your meal … Read more

Travaglini Gattinara Nebbiolo

Travaglini Gattinara: Nebbiolo At Its Best

Often there is something besides the wine that attracts us to a particular winery. As I sit and reminisce about tastings in the past, I think about when Cinzia and Alessia Travaglini were in Los Angeles for a tasting of the family’s Nebbiolo wine. It was the unique bottle shape that stood out to beckon … Read more