• #Tuscany,  #wine #winetasting,  #wininghour,  wine review,  Wine Tasting,  Wining Hour Feature

    Wining Hour Feature: Castiglion del Bosco Campo del Drago Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015

    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…

  • 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…

  • #wininghourchat,  Seghesio,  Wine Tasting,  zinfandel

    Taste and Talk: Old Vine Zinfandel from Seghesio Family Vineyards

    A #WiningHourChat with Seghesio Wines As winelovers, we keep abreast of the various wine holidays.  Nevertheless, we know full well that no excuses are needed when it comes to drinking wine.  In November, specifically on the third Wednesday, we celebrate the varietal known as Zinfandel for National Zinfandel Day.  Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) is nonprofit association that endeavors to promote, educate and celebrate the Zinfandel grape. We were happy to do our part to taste and talk Zinfandel! Zinfandel is a black-skinned grape that produces a robust red wine, along with the well-known blush wine (white zinfandel).  The grape is said to have originated in Croatia around 6000 B.C.,…

  • #ItalianFWT,  #wine,  altaneve,  Prosecco,  valdobbiadene,  Veneto,  Wine Tasting

    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…

  • israel,  israeli wines,  kosher wine,  psagot,  Wine Tasting

    A Peek at Psâgot Wines of Israel

    Psâgot Wines Wines Keeping the Tradition and Taste  Wait, wines of Israel?  Yes. For some, Israel is a lesser known region in terms of wine.  However, Israel has been producing wine since biblical times. The land of Israel is noted in the bible for having fruits of the vine and wine was exported from Israel and on trade routes. Today, there are five Israeli wine-producing regions: Galil (Galilee, including the Golan Heights), the Judean Hills, surrounding the city of Jerusalem, the Negev, a semi-arid desert region, Shimshon (Samson) and the Sharon plain (Samaria) near the Mediterranean coast, surrounding the towns of Zichron Ya’akov and Binyamina.  As many celebrate Passover, Easter and other…

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