Without the benefit of computer files or even quill and parchment diaries, the birth of the world's first vineyards is the stuff that wine lovers can only dream. Was France's great Hermitage planted by a reclusive knight, repenting his sins during the Crusades? Did the vines of Italy's Lacryma Christi spring from the tears of Christ? Like Santa Cla...

“Vestire la casacca a stelle e strisce” per entrare nel mercato degli Stati Uniti d’America, uno dei più interessanti per l’export agroalimentare italiano: il flusso verso gli USA rappresenta il 10% delle esportazioni totali in valore e il Paese si colloca al 3° posto tra i clienti dell’Italia. L’Italia è il primo esportatore mondiale negli USA di...

These happy-go-lucky eating places preserve the “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” lifestyle in this town, where luck and good times are where it’s at. Hoping some luck would come my way, I attended a big “Money” convention at Caesars Palace, which had recently built a $550 million High Roller observation wheel that goes 500 feet in the air...

A windowless room, state-of-the-art in both amenities and inorganic building materials, seems an unlikely place to fall harder for Italy's sunny wines, but after five days spent in the reaches of Astor Center enriched by native grapes, lectures by writer and educator Ian D'Agata and 56 glasses of Italian wine, I did. For its first venture into the ...

La bella e dinamica Lucia Nettis, Presidente di Puglia in Rosé, l’Associazione da lei creata che rappresenta 62 produttori di Vini Rosati pugliesi, aveva iniziato a dicembre, quando era venuta a New York proponendone alcuni all’Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in occasione della mostra di Guido Cagnacci. In quell’occasione era riuscita a farli degusta...

The best deal in town on Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Homemade Italian sausage. A muffaletta sandwich that will last for four lunches. Fans crowd into Jimmy’s Market, a 50-year-old neighborhood institution in East Dallas, at lunchtime and on Saturday mornings. It’s diminutive and funky, shelves crammed with delicacies from Italy and New Jersey and a...

Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) successfully launched its first ever Certification Course in USA at Astor Center, in the heart of New York City. After a week of training followed by a final exam held on June 30th, VIA welcomed its 13 new Italian Wine Ambassadors (IWAs). Representing the one and only opportunity for wine professionals to gain e...

Move over, rosé; take a break, prosecco. Aperol is having its moment in the sun this summer. Everyone from Vogue to GQ has hailed the Aperol spritz as the drink of the summer. The cocktail has for decades been popular in Germany and Italy as a light before-dinner cocktail and has made its way to America. Typically made with Aperol, sparkling wine,...

The Southington Italian-American Festival Committee of Southington and grape distributor, Northeast Produce from Hartford, have scheduled the 10th homemade wine (grape only) contest for Saturday, July 29. There is no entry fee. Participants may enter more than one bottle of wine as long as it is a different make of wine or year. It can be either re...

Recently I had the opportunity to partake in an exceptional dining experience that showcased the favorite staples of Sicilian tradition, pairing each dish with a wine that captures the essence of it. The dinner was designed by Bernardo Nolfo, the Sicilian-born owner of Numero 28, a fresh casual eater. Funny thing is, I passed by this restaurant sev...