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The Madman of Moscato d’Asti

For almost a year, I have been delving deeper into the world of Moscato d’Asti DOCG from Piedmont (Piemonte), Italy. I’ve found it fascinating to research this style that inspired a worldwide trend of making semi-sparkling, sweet Moscato wines. As … Continue reading

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The Birthplace of Moscato d’Asti: Wandering the Underground “Cathedrals”

As we descended further and further into the cavernous dwellings, it felt as if we entered another universe, an underworld of serenity that majestically displayed an untold number of  bottles and barrels of wine. Further along, I felt the temperature … Continue reading

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A Mosaic of Vineyards Make Up an Outstanding Wine Region

After many years of loving the wines of Piedmont (Piemonte), Italy, I recently had the opportunity to travel there to delve into the wines of Moscato d’Asti DOCG . But, of course, how can one visit a land that produces … Continue reading

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Keeping Core Values While Staying Open to the World

There I was, having lunch in Tribeca, New York, with a woman talking about the cultural diversity of the place she comes from… Roman, Arabian, Spanish, Greek, and so on.  We connected over our mutual love of traveling, connecting with … Continue reading

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Within the Silence, Hope is Always Waiting for Us

There was a time in my life when I had no hope… every minute was painful, every day was dreaded and I only looked forward to sleep… and never waking again. I think many of us face this at least … Continue reading

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The Edgy Side of Valpolicella

The classic wines of Valpolicella are often times associated with traditionalist drinkers who are not risk-takers in their wine drinking habits. For the price, Americans would rather pull the trigger on other rich, robust wines, such as Napa Cabernet or … Continue reading

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Brunello’s Hard Fight for Pure Sangiovese Pays Off

A while back ago I wrote a post about Sangiovese called “Can Sangiovese Stand Alone?” It was my own personal journey with this grape variety, mixed with experiences that I have had with producers of Sangiovese over the years, grappling … Continue reading

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Finding the Balance between Science and Sense of Place with Wine

I like to spend one day a week going over all the wine samples I’ve been sent -and during this time of year, it is a lot of samples – in the hope that some will fill me with excitement … Continue reading

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Quality from All Points of View with Cecchi Wines

I learned a new expression in Italian during my intimate lunch with the immensely charming Andrea Cecchi: “A Tutto Tondo”. While he was explaining his family’s philosophy of their wine business in Tuscany, first started in 1893 by Andrea’s great-grandfather, … Continue reading

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Piedmont, Italy: Not all the Wines are Well Known Superstars

Sometimes I have a plan to write about a particular wine subject that has been weighing on my mind, but sometimes I am led in a direction that I was not planning. This was the case with me wanting to … Continue reading

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