Category: Italy

“I” is for Incrocio Manzoni

A cross between two grapes —Riesling and Pinot Bianco — Incrocio Manzoni is a full-bodied, relatively scarce varietal and is most commonly found in the northern regions of Italy.

“F” is for Frappato

After enjoying the Erbaluce from the northwestern part of Italy, we move south to Sicily and begin our next adventure of the alphabet wine challenge with Frappato.

“E” is for Erbaluce

For the letter E, we wondered, was it going to be a region? Or, was it going to be a varietal? Would it be a red or a white? We awaited the big reveal, and then the big announcement arrived — Erbaluce from the Piedmont region of Italy!

“D” is for Dolcetto

Dolcetto, which translates to “little sweet one,” is actually not sweet at all and is a dry red from Piedmont in northwestern Italy.

“B” is for Barbera

The next wine in our alphabetical challenge is Barbera! Ah, Barbera. It is such a great food-friendly wine, and it is easy on the wallet, too!

The Baby Amarone

We can find any reason to celebrate with a bottle of wine. Today, we acknowledge Ferragosto, a national holiday in Italy that marks the start of its vacation period, spawns an array of local festivals, and sends Italians flocking to the beaches and mountains to celebrate. So,… Continue Reading “The Baby Amarone”

Tuscan and Piedmont Tasting Adventure

Ah, Italian wines. Don’t they just conjure up romantic images of rolling vineyards that spread for miles across the countryside, with the soft glow of orange light shimmering through the olive trees at sunset? Or maybe it’s Dean Martin crooning away in a small… Continue Reading “Tuscan and Piedmont Tasting Adventure”

A White to Sip on this Summer

Tired of drinking the same ‘ole Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio during the dog days of summer? Break out of the rut and try a fresh, crisp Verdicchio. A dry Italian white, Verdicchio features bright citrus. Think lemon curd.