• #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…

  • #ItalianFWT,  Veneto

    Step Up Your Game with Altaneve Prosecco Superiore

    Altaneve, Bubbles that Rise Above the Rest Sparkling wine is fun, fashionable and just delicious. One such sparkling wine is Prosecco, the popular Italian sparkling wine, which is everywhere these days. In fact, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Prosecco region as a whole, and the 10th Anniversary of Prosecco Superiore! Sounds like a party to me. We’ll be celebrating with our friends in the #ItalianFWT group. Did you know that last year, Prosecco surpassed Champagne, not in terms of volume, but in terms of production and consumption? Although price is likely a factor, according to The Associated Press, Prosecco’s production “eclipsed Champagne’s five years ago and is…

  • #ItalianFWT,  Lombardy,  Veneto

    Lake Garda, Lugana and Lagostini…

    Lugana Loves Lake Garda From Chiaretto and Amarone to Soave and Custoza, Lake Garda does not fall short in the area of winsome wine production. South of Lake Garda, in between the provinces of Brecia and Verona, and stretching out over both Lombardia and Venezia lies the inter-regional appellation known as Lugana. Lugana is a northern white wine that has been around for years, although it may have been under the radar of many.  However, more and more wine-lovers all over the world are taking notice. Lake Garda Map of Lugana Photo Credit: Consorzio Tutela Lugana DOC Wines of Lugana  The wines of the Lugana DOC were recognized back in…

  • 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…

  • food and wine,  Veneto

    Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico and Grilled Shrimp

    Chiaretto: Light, Crisp and Versatile It’s a revolution!  Rosé has become a culture or a way of life, and many just cannot get enough of this pink juice. From France, Germany, Austria and New Zealand to Napa, Long Island, Washington and Oregon, there is a style of rosé, rosato or rosado to suit every palate and budget. Chiaretto is how Italians do rosé. Chiaretto is produced in Bardolino, which is in Northern Italy, along the shores of Lake Garda, approximately 25 kilometers from Verona.  Chiaretto dates back to the 19th century and was one of the first Italian appellations to receive DOC status (1968). The Bardolino area of wine production…

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