• travel,  Veneto

    Visiting Valpolicella and Cantina Negrar

    The Historic Viticulture of Valpolicella Valpolicella Valpolicella is a historic region that is always at the forefront when discussing Italian wines and when discussing the best wine producers in the world. Located in north of Verona, in the Veneto district of Italy, this region is steeped in a rich viticultural history and a love for all things wine. Valpolicella is separated from Bardolino by the Adige River on the west and borders Soave on the east. The Valpolicella region, which is 240 kilometers squared, is second only to Chianti in total wine production. Though the true origin of its name is not known, Valpolicella is considered to have been derived…

  • travel,  Veneto

    Chiaretto di Bardolino-How Italians do Dry Rosé

    Lesser known, but Bardolino Chiaretto Measures Up Photo Credit: Garda Concierge Beautiful Bardolino is a resort village in the province of Veneto, Italy, approximately 25 kilometers from Verona and on the southeastern shore of Lake Garda.  There are many things to see and do in terms of food, wine and travel in this delightful village.  While highlighting a few, I’ll begin with what Bardolino is known for-it’s Italian dry rosé known as Chiaretto. Chiaretto is a dry, crisp rosé wine, dating back to the 19th Century.  Chiaro, in Italian, denotes a color that is clear, pale or light.  This is the perfect name for Chiaretto, as it has a pale…

  • #Tuscany,  travel

    Authenticity and Passion-Facets of Fattoria Fibbiano

    Quality Wine-making in Terricciola, the City of Wine Photo Credit: Fattoria Fibbiano The ancient Etruscan hillside village of Terricciola is in Italy’s Tuscan region, in the Province of Pisa, about 50 kilometers from Florence, in between Pisa and Volterra. The name Terricciola may be derived from the Latin word ‘terra’ (earth) or ‘turris’(tower), referring to the towers built in the 12th century to defend the village.  Although having a small population of approximately 5000 people, Terricciola is known for its agriculture, art, architecture…and wine.  In fact, it is known as the “City of Wine’ due to its conducive terroir.  The Notte Bianco del Vino is celebrated in July, and in September, Terricciola…

  • travel,  Veneto

    Soave-mente, Bacciame! Getting Intimate with Soave

    A Soave Love Story Let’s just cut to the chase–I’m in love with three different Soaves.  What’s worse, is that they are all from the same part of town.  I suppose I have been out playing the vineyards, but I never intended for this to happen.  In order for you to understand my predicament, I should go back to the beginning.  I’ll start by sharing some background about Soave and a little about the characteristics that I found so attractive. Castello Scaligero Soave, which denotes gentle, soft or mild in Italian, is a good place to start.  While it may seem soft or mild, this smooth character gently travels down your…

  • travel,  Veneto

    Soave, The Scene, the Sights and the Sips-A Preview

    A Medieval Village, A Wine Region, A Way of Life This month, the #ItalianFWT (Italian Food, Wine & Travel) Group is featuring Soave. Do you know Soave? Soave is a few things: a traditional Italian village, a wine and a way of life.  Soave is located in Italy’s northeastern region of Veneto.  Surrounded by it’s beautiful Medieval walls with twenty-four towers, the village of Soave is home to approximately 7000 people. At the heart of this Medieval village is Castello Scaligero, the immense and iconic 10th century castle that dominates the landscape. Soave Castle, Castello Scaligero Soave is also characterized by its hills, gentle slopes and ample greenery with a…

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