The charm in the old Italian restaurant of a short, fat bottle of wine that’s covered in straw is undeniable for many Americans of a certain age. The wine inside of that iconic Italian imagery, unfortunately, didn’t do the great Chianti wines of today any favors. Chianti is the most-recognizable red wine of Italy. It’s a table wine and a fine wine...

When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is one of those maxims that tends to come in handy wherever you go, but it’s especially informative in Italy where local festivals, seasonal eating, and a more relaxed pace of life are important parts of the culture. You can certainly visit without adopting any local habits and customs during your stay, but we don...

A wine seminar I attended in New York recently, focused on Barolo and Barbaresco. The Master Class instructor was Ian D’Agata, the director of the Rome-based International Wine Academy that he started in 2002. For over 25 years D’Agata has written about wine and is the 2007 recipient of the prestigious award for “Best Young Italian Wine Journalist....

A quick glance across the room and it looks as if Al Pacino is standing in front of a map of Italy's Piedmont region, pointing to the unique hillside vineyards where some of the world's most majestic and monolithic wines are made. The Italian's hair is longish, tousled, salt-and-pepper, the same as his scraggly beard. His face is warm, inviting and...

Current import statistics reveal the robust position of Italian wines in the United States. In 2016, Italy, the world's leading wine producer, accounted for 32.4% of the market share of imported wine in the U.S., representing nearly $1.8 billion in sales (6% increase vs. 2015), according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Italy maintained its posi...

Join our new cultural enrichment course, an Italian wine seminar taught by Master Sommelier Craig Collins. Seminari di vini italiani: poesia in una bottiglia, will consist of four two-hour classes starting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 with the last class being held on May 23, 2017. This course will introduce you to Italian wines in a detailed way, start...

Italian wine importer Santa Margherita USA announces today that it has made changes to its distribution network throughout the United States.  Upon a careful analysis and vetting process, the importer realigned its portfolio around the country. Santa Margherita USA has signed new agreements with the following distributor networks: Republic National...

A green light for investments to promote Italian wine in the United States and China. The Italian government has allocated €25 million in promotional resources over the 2017-2019 period, of which €20 million will serve to launch ‘Made in Italy’ in the American Midwest, whereas the other €5 million will be used to penetrate the Chinese market, where...

When: Monday, March 20, 2017 From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 1023 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Organized by : Lingua Viva & IIC - In collaboration with : Vinomatica - Entrance : Free - Space is limited, RSVP required* Fee: $55.00 (IIC members)/$60.00 (non-members) *To register please call (310) 824-7408 Wine in co...

Last month, as I sat in an elegant hotel bar in Rome, I caught myself wondering if there can be such a thing as too much magnificence in a single place. With its antiquity (“Just go to the Colosseum, face east and shout, ‘Moira,’ ” my friend joked when I asked how to get to her house), its art and its food, Rome nearly overwhelmed me with its aesth...