Who: Vincenzo Montecuollo, wine director at Potente  Background: Growing up in a small coastal town 30 minutes north of Naples, Montecuollo first tasted wine that his father made only for family consumption. At 21, he landed in Bristol, England, where he worked for a Piemontese family and learned to speak English at their restaurant. A trip to Orla...

While most major airlines have long poured Champagne in business class and Air France dabbles with it in economy departing from the United States, sparkling wine has rarely been seen on major US airlines. So it was surprising to see a 187-ml. bottle of Avissi Prosecco, it on its inaugural voyage on 1 June, on a trip to New York. The fact that steer...

IT’S OFFICIAL: The fourth annual Taste of Italy Houston wine and food fair will be held on Sunday (trade) and Monday (trade, media, and consumers), January 28-29, 2018. And many of the exhibitors will also be presenting their products and meeting with trade members at the Savor Italy event to be held in Los Angeles on January 25-26 (click here for...

È New York l’obiettivo principale del vino italiano per la fine di giugno, con due appuntamenti targati Vinitaly International. Si parte con il Summer Fancy Food Show (25-27 giugno) e il Wine bar realizzato da Vinitaly International nell’ambito del progetto di promozione del made in Italy supportato dal Mise e Ice. Una quarantina le aziende made in...

The Italian Government’s “Made in Italy” campaign is under threat of being scrapped. Far from being a recipe for success, the initiative, which aimed to distinguish genuine Italian products from fake goods and snatch back billions of Euros in lost sales from goods masquerading as Italian products, has caused bitter division among food producers. A...

One of the best things about summer in Trentino is the way this beautiful region allows you to mix your pleasures. “You can combine a forest walk with cutting-edge art in a sculpture park, a big hike with dinner in a gastronomic mountain refuge, or maybe bit of mountain-biking with an open-air, Sounds of the Dolomites concert”. With bicycle tourism...

If you’re a fan of Nebbiolo, the sole grape behind Barolo and Barbaresco, you’ll love the radiant, mineral-driven offerings from Alto Piemonte, a region higher up in the Alpine foothills than the “Big Bs.” Map of Alto Piemonte, ItalyVibrant and loaded with finesse, the best are drop-dead gorgeous, as these varietal Nebbiolos and blends possess agew...

No wonder Sicily has such fine food. Geography and history have bequeathed the island a culinary tradition that draws on dishes from the ancient Greeks, Arabs and Normans, and from as far afield as Spain, Greece, North Africa and the Middle East. To this can be added a wealth of ingredients that is exceptional even by Italian standards, the fruits...

The most widely known sparkling wine of Italy is prosecco, but there are many others that are worth recognizing, especially those of Franciacorta in Lombardy and those of Trento in the region of Trentino. Then you have those sparkling wines that are on the sweeter side like moscato d'asti and brachetto d'acqui. I've written about many of these in t...

Salgono a 40mila gli agricoltori che nelle proprie aziende nel 2016 hanno salvato semi antichi e le piante rare del Made in Italy dal rischio di estinzione. E’ quanto emerge dall’analisi della Coldiretti/Ixe’ presentata insieme alla Sis, la Società Italiana Sementi sul ritorno delle antiche sementi della tradizione italiana che dopo aver rischiato...