• #ItalianFWT,  #wine #winetasting,  campania

    Keeping it Fresh and Fun with Fiano

    While Italy is known for its spectacular red wines, the country also produces some awesome white wines. This month’s Italian Food, Wine and Travel Group (#ItalianFWT) theme focuses on favorite Italian wines. It should go without saying that it is rather difficult to narrow down favorite Italian red and/or white varietals. Nevertheless, for the sake of this article, I’ll zoom in on a favorite Italian white grape varietal, known as Fiano. Recognized as one of Italy’s finest white varieties, Fiano is believed to be indigenous to the southern Italian region of Campania. In fact, Fiano is Campania’s most noble white grape and is believe to be the grape referred to…

  • campania,  Wine Tasting

    Diligence and Determination at Tenuta Cavalier Pepe

    Recently, I had the pleasure of celebrating the Wines of Italy Livestream’s fifth anniversary with it’s founder, Katarina Andersson of GrapeVine Adventures. The Wines of Italy Livestream has been instrumental in virtually highlighting wine history, terroir, producers, and wines throughout Italy. In this time of limited travel and social distance, this celebration was most appropriate and absolutely needed.  Moreover, the celebration was accompanied by a guided tasting by Milena Pepe of Tenuta Cavalier Pepe in Campania, Italy.  Campania is located in southwest Italy, facing the Tyrrhenian Sea, south of Lazio and west of Puglia. Campagna has some of Italy’s most ancient viticultural traditions, as many go back more than 2000…

  • #climatechange,  #grapevineadventures,  #ItalianFWT,  #wine,  climate change #sustainability #Umbria,  sustainability

    Authenticity And Quality Is All About Sustainability

     Combating Climate Change Sustainability at Torre Bisenzio By Katarina Andersson and Li Valentine Climate change has been a defining issue for several years now, and is weighing heavily upon the minds of many. Climate change and/or global warming, leading to changes in the average temperatures and amount of rainfall has been significantly impacting almost every industry. From fishing, farming/agriculture and forestry to energy, insurance and tourism, companies big and small are tasked with finding ways to survive. The wine industry is certainly not immune and has its share of challenges. Problems range from water shortages or too much rain/water, extremes in hot and cold temperatures and shortened or extended seasons,…

  • #ItalianFWT,  #SuperTuscan,  #Toscana,  #Tuscany,  #wine #winetasting,  #wininghour

    Have You Tried These Super Tuscans?

    Super Tuscans to Tempt Your Palate Italy is the worlds largest producer of wine, wowing wine-lover, wine-taster and wine expert alike with its over 500 grape varieties. There are also many different styles of wine being produced. This month, the #ItalianFWT group discussed the style known as the Super Tuscan. About the Super Tuscan It’s no secret, Tuscan wine, or wine from the Tuscan region of Italy, is quite super. However, the term, Super Tuscan, came into circulation in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, during the Italian wine renaissance. Super Tuscan refers to a particular style of wine. These wines were innovative, as they used non-traditional blending formulas and…

  • #RadicidelSud,  #wininghour,  Apulia,  Basilicata,  campania,  Italy,  Puglia,  radici,  Sicilia,  Sicily

    Southern Italian Wines take Center Stage at Radici del Sud

    Showcasing Southern Italy While most people are familiar with the wines of Central Italy and Tuscany (Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Super Tuscans, Trebbiano, etc.) and those of Northern Italy (Barolo, Barbaresco, Amarone, etc.), the wines of Southern Italy are lesser known. The fact that Italy has over 500 grape varieties, making it that much more challenging. Yet, winemakers, wine tasters, journalists and many others are doing their part to promote wines of the south.  Radici del Sud is one such organization. Since 2005, Radici del Sud endeavors to shine the spotlight on Southern Italy by featuring wines produced from native grapes in Puglia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria and Sicily.  Radici del…

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