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    Wining and Dining with Bacchus

    Recently, I had the honor of joining The Italian Trade & Investment Agency (ITA), as they hosted Dining with Bacchus. Bacchus is the God of Wine & Pleasure, and this event did not fall short in living up to that name! Dining with Bacchus was a sensational Italian wine & food tasting dinner designed to educate key industry players on Italian wines and their adaptability to various culinary pairings. This event was in conjunction with the recent celebration of World Week of Italian Cuisine (Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo). The Italian Trade Agency is the Governmental agency that supports the business development of Italian companies abroad and promotes the…

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    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…

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    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.,…

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    Taste and Talk: Uncovering Cremisan Wine of Palestine with Terra Sancta

    Cremisan: The Wine Star of Bethleham Did you know that Palestine produces wine?  Well, I didn’t.  When I thought about wine coming from the Holy Land…I always thought of Israel.  However, I was in for a surprise.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Jason Bajalia from the Terra Sancta Trading Company, which specializes in beer, wine and spirits from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Upon hearing this, I was happy to have Terra Sancta on #WiningHourChat and the Wines of Cremisan, Palestine were the feature. Cremisan Cellars is located in the Cremisan Valley in Bethlehem between West Bank and Jerusalem. Cremisan is also home to The Salesian Sisters…

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    Taste and Talk: Organic and Biodynamic Wines at Ehlers Estate

    Our Experience with #EhlersLove Photo Credit: Ehlers Estate Earlier this year (yes, I’m a little late), #WiningHourChat decided to feature some organic, biodynamic and sustainable wineries.  Ehlers Estate, located in St. Helena California, of course, was a priority. “The story of Ehlers Estate is one of passion, patience, and hard work, intertwined like the tendrils of robust vines that have been part of the landscape here since the mid-1800s.” We could not wait to hear more about their story. We were able to converse with Elizabeth Smith, the social media and wine club manager at Ehlers Estate. It was a basic Q & A format with the winery and our…

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