• #wine #winetasting,  Apulia,  Puglia,  Rosé

    Peering Into the Pink Wines of Puglia

    Rosé all day. While this phrase is catchy, it really is the sentiment shared by many. Although the pink wines known as rosé are very popular these days, rosé is one of the oldest types of wine made. Rosé wines are produced from a wide variety of grapes and can be found in just about every region of the world…including Italy. While there are a few regions noted for rosé, Puglia is one of Italy’s major producers of rosé.  In fact, Puglia serves as a benchmark for Italian rosato or rosé. Rosé wine production was originally referred to in the 19th century as lacrimas, or delicate, fragrant tears of juice.…

  • #wine #winetasting,  #WiningHour Feature,  Umbria

    Wining Hour Feature: Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Sagrantino

    This month, I am featuring an Italian red wine from Arnaldo Caprai in Umbria. Although Umbria is the fifth smallest region in Italy, and one of the least populated, it should not be underestimated. In fact, Umbria, which is located in south central Italy bordering Tuscany, Marche and Lazio, is known as il cuore verde d’Italia, or the “Green Heart of Italy.” It is referred to as Italy’s green heart due to its landlocked position, without a coastline or common border.  Nevertheless, Umbria, as the heart, moves us in so many ways. One of these ways is with its indigenous grapes, like Sagrantino. Sagrantino, with history dating back to the…

  • #wine #winetasting,  Veneto,  Venezia

    Celebrate Blue Skies with Blu Giovello

    This week marks the beginning of Spring! After several bouts of cold weather and snow around the country, we all welcome the Spring season with open arms. Spring, though, doesn’t just signal changes in the weather. Spring, signals a metamorphosis on many different levels. For one, this country is going through a reopening, and in fact, a rebirth, on the road to recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Schools are resuming in-person instruction, restaurants and businesses are reopening and life is slowing moving towards a new normal. Political, economical and socio-cultural aspects are also going through transformations. On another level, nature is changing. Birds are singing, animals are coming out of…

  • #Toscana,  #Tuscany,  #wine #winetasting,  #wininghourchat,  Taste and Talk

    Taste & Talk: Women in Wine with Montemaggio

    The Month of March is Woman’s History Month. While the whole month is dedicated to women, we also celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, which kicks off Women’s Week. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. This year, in honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, #WiningHourChat decided to feature Fattoria di Montemagggio. Fattoria di Montemaggio is located in Radda in Chianti, Tuscany, nestled in Chianti Classico, between…

  • #Toscana,  #Tuscany,  #wine #winetasting,  #WiningHour Feature

    Wining Hour Feature: Castiglion del Bosco Campo del Drago Brunello di Montalcino

    Ciao Tutti! Welcome back to The Wining Hour! Beginning this year, each month I will be featuring an Italian wine that I sipped and enjoyed during The Wining Hour. The featured wine will be made from Italian indigenous grapes, and it could be a white, rose, red or sparkling…o una bianco, rosato, rosso o bollicine.  This month’s feature is an Italian red: Castiglion del Bosco Campo del Drago Brunello di Montalcino. Castiglion del Bosco, with history dating back to 1100 A.D., is located in Tuscany, in the heart and home of Brunello, in the UNESCO designated Val d’Orcia.  Their Capanna vineyards are located at 450 meters above sea level. Today, the winery…

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