A title character plays only a supporting role this week at the Tontitown Grape Festival. That's the grape itself, now relegated to cameo appearances at this venerable yearly celebration, whose roots date to 1899. It's the case that not a lot of grapes are grown today around this Northwest Arkansas community, settled near the end of the 19th centur...

Thu, August 24, 2017. 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT. Gusto - 4800 Burnet Road - Austin, TX 78756. Beautiful weather, great company and fantastic food & wine: it’s not a Midsummer Night Dream! It’s a Sicilian Wine Dinner featuring Firriato’s wines! Gusto's Executive Chef Justin Turner designed a special menu, inspired by the distinctive flavors of Sicily....

When the first settlers from Sunnyside sat down to a harvest picnic in 1898, the thought of a Ferris wheel or carousel in eyeshot of the church house doors would have been inconceivable. Just as hard to fathom, though, would be the idea that the supper would become a tradition that would span a century and more. This coming week, the 119th Annual T...

If someone were to ask me to describe Eataly to them in just a few words, I would tell them that the 50,000 square foot marketplace is the Disneyland of all things Italian. Opened on August 31st, 2010, Eataly is owned by Italian powerhouses and culinary household names, Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali. The two, with other various partners, have s...

The Consorzio di Tutela della DOC Prosecco (Prosecco DOC Consortium, www.prosecco.wine) has announced the formation of‘ Casa Prosecco DOC USA, which will serve as the denomination's official source of news and information in the United States, the second largest importer of Prosecco in the world.  Sales of Prosecco have continued to increase more t...

When I first visited Sicily, I fell in love with the sun-drenched island, balmy evenings, luscious desserts and excellent wines. I stocked up on the sweet golden Zibibbo from Pantelleria and bold fruity Nero D’Avola wines and fancied myself an expert on Sicilian tipple for a while. However, the more I learnt about the island the more I realized how...

Woodbridge Winery plants to celebrate the grape harvest with fine wine and Italian food next week, and Lodi wine lovers are invited to take part. Festa dell’ uva! — Italian for “grape festival” — will be held under tents outdoors. The long table covered in a traditional red-checkered tablecloth encourages guests to make new friends and enjoy a dinn...

It was the third day of classes for a new, four-week Study Abroad course in Padua, Italy, and a group of BU students was on a scavenger hunt in the city’s outdoor market, the Piazza della Frutta. They were in search of examples of foods that could be included in the popular Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fresh produce, whole grains, nuts, leg...

Sagrantino is an Italian grape from the Umbria region that has been planted in a few East Coast vineyards, including Va La in Pennsylvania's Chester County. There, Anthony Vietri grows a number of Italian vinifera for his red blends. What's available for purchase is almost totally from Italy, including one called Collepiano produced by Arnaldo-Capr...

Italian organic wine exports increased by 40% in 2016 compared to the previous year, reaching a market value of €192 million. The figures are from the Nomisma wine monitor research, conducted on the occasion of the Bio Wine Day, which was organised by the Italian Export Promotion Agency. Overall, sales of Italian organic wine reached €275 million,...