Just as all that glitters is not gold, all that sparkles is certainly not champagne. The limestone cellars that safeguard France’s national treasure may be sacred ground for connoisseurs, but they aren’t the only place the bubbly can be found in Europe. Spain is justifiably proud of its cava, and spumanti are produced in many parts of Italy from Ve...

Chris Figgin's great-grandfather, Francesco Leonetti, came to Walla Walla more than a century ago from Serra Pedace, a small town in the instep of the boot that is Italy’s southern peninsula. Chris’ dad, Gary Figgins, started Leonetti Cellar in 1977, paying tribute to the Italian side of his heritage.  Now Chris is paying a deeper tribute to his an...

To borrow a phrase from the fashion and film industries, Italian wine is having a moment. Which may seem like a strange observation given the country’s status as one of the most perennially popular sources of wine imported into the United States, and the instant name-recognition of many of its most famous regions and appellations. But for years now...

Worldwide wine consumption will grow by 4.3% over the next four years, led mainly by buyers in China (21.6%) as well as Russia (6.1%) and the United States (5.7%). These statistics from ISMEA agricultural research and funding institute were presented at Vinitaly, the 51st edition of the international wine trade show in Verona, which ends today. ISM...

The town of Montepulciano is located within the region of Tuscany, about 70 miles southwest of Florence. Bring your walking shoes because it's a steep uphill climb to the top on via di gracciano, but take your time as it's lined with plenty of shops and cafes to stop and take a break at. My favorite are the quiet, picturesque alleys that break off...

The annual migration is currently in full bloom. As ducks, geese and monarch butterflies head north, another great migration is occurring. Italian wines are heading for our shores at top speed. It has been a long time since Italian wines were in vogue. Their time was the 1960s when Chianti was king. Every bistro, pizzeria and college dorm room had...

Con oltre 300 aziende partecipanti dall'industria agroalimentare, un padiglione italiano interamente rinnovato e un premio dedicato alla qualità e all'innovazione, l'Italia si prepara a registrare una nuova presenza record alla prossima edizione del Summer Fancy Food Show, il maggiore salone americano dell'agroalimentare che si svolgerà a New York...

Specializing in varietals, like nebbiolo, dolcetto, lagrein, malvasia bianca and vermentino, Palmina stands alone among wineries in our region. Owned by winemaker Steve Clifton, Palmina exclusively produces wine from Italian varietals grown in Santa Barbara County. It's a model that has earned Palmina international acclaim, even in Italy. Clifton m...

A taste of Italian lifestyle is coming to Nassau Coliseum in September, and tickets for the event go on sale Friday. Italia Vera: The Ultimate Italian Lifestyle Festival will land at the Coliseum for one day only on Sept. 9, but with two sessions: one at 12:30 p.m. and one at 5:30 p.m. The event will transform the Coliseum into a slice of Italy, fe...

Franciacorta, the sparkling wine DOCG from Lombardy, has made move to allow its own indigenous variety to be used in blends alongside Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco. Silvano Brescianini, vice president of Franciacorta and director of Barone Pizzini winery, told Decanter.com that he expects Erbamat to be an ‘ally’ against climate change, pa...