Wine

Subscribe with RSS

Mazzei: the Master of Tuscany

When you have been in the wine business for over 600 years, you tend it get it right. And that's definitely the case with the Mazzei family in Tuscany. The Mazzei family has owned the Castello di Fonterutoli near the Tuscan wine town of Castellina in Chianti since 1435.…

Another Stellar Sicilian

Sicily has more vineyards planted than any other region in Italy. And yet, the Sicilian section of your best local wine shop will be pretty scarce. Sicilian wines are continually outnumbered by their cousins from Tuscany and Piedmont in even the best Italian restaurants a…

From Super Tuscan to Super Sardinian

The Super Tuscan movement was considered heresy in its infancy. The thought of including international varieties of grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot into a red wine from Tuscany to coexist, or in some cases, actually replace the indigenous Sangiovese was unhear…

Drinking Wine in a Recession

You would think that most people might have an extra sip of their favorite wine at the dinner table before having to open their latest 401k or IRA statements in these dismal economic times. It might be surprising to some how our economic crisis has affected the wine busi…

From Crayons to Perfume

That's the phrase that jumped into my mind! After years of tasting, I have finally learned to trust my first impression of a wine. Not discounting the fact that wine, indeed, will change with its exposure to the environment outside the bottle, I believe that the first si…

Italy's Burgundy

The winemaking area of Piedmont can be compared to some of the philosophies of the producers of Burgundy wine in France. Burgundy producers use only one grape to make their famous red wines: Pinot Noir. Barbaresco also uses only one grape: Nebbiolo. The Burgundians are ve…

Nice, Young Chianti

Silence of the Lambs was released in 1991. I think enough time has elapsed since Hannibal Lecter shared his decision of what protein and vegetable he would choose to accompany his Chianti was proclaimed throughout this country's movie theaters. Enough time has elapsed so …

The "Little Sweet One's" Surprise

The Piedmont region in Italy is home to the famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines that you can easily find on your wine retailer's shelf or in any decent Italian restaurant. Unfortunately, most of these wines are consumed years before they reach their optimal taste levels du…

Calabria's Gaglioppo

Admittedly, the section in your favorite wine store that houses the Italian wines from the region of Calabria will be very minute. For many years, the only DOC wine found commonly in the United States was Ciro; and the producer synonymous with this grape was Librandi. Thi…

Italian Wine and America's Recession

The government has finally announced that we're in a recession. Did any of you or your neighbors not already know that?? On a recent evening in Miami, I noticed 8-10 towers of luxurious condominiums on the waterfront with only about 20% of the units with their lights on.…