Sauternes, Tokay, Vin Santo. The great dessert wines of the world all offer inimitable charms. While I’ve had occasion to enjoy many in their place of creation, I’ve seldom tasted one that sung so firmly and sweetly of its homeland as Ben Ryé by Donnafugata. From an island positioned between Sicily and North Africa, comes this white passito-style w...

It was a difficult year. In 2014, throughout Italy the summer never quite got up to speed. Instead of grape-ripening sun, northern vineyards especially were covered in clouds and rain, a lack of light and warmth that hit red wine places like Veneto's Valpolicella hard. With the cool dampness came vine damage, destructive downy mildew and flavor-cha...

Ernesto Di Renzo of the University of Rome Tor Vergata presents "From Dionysus to Happy Hour: The Complexity of Wine Between History, Culture and Taste Experiences" at the Italian American Museum on Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30pm. 155 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013. For reservations please call the Museum at 212.965.9000, send an email to ItalianA...

The discovery of 6,000-year-old wine traces in a Sicilian cave captured public attention, but for experts the find was even more exciting. Professor Davide Tanasi, who led the team that analyzed the wine, explains why it changes our understanding of ancient Sicilian culture. Monte Kronio rises 1,300 feet above the geothermally active landscape of s...

I'm a big fan of northern Italy, especially the Alpine region. Although I'm a big fan of many regions of Italy (who isn't?), I fell in love with the Alpine regions when I traveled to the Valle d'Aosta for my honeymoon.

Before the group of 25 Italian farmers arrived at Stanislaus State on Feb. 5, they were tourists, making overnight stays in Las Vegas and San Francisco, and the hats and new t-shirts the Italians wore spoke to how much fun they were having. But the moment the farmers reached the University’s sustainable garden, where they were greeted by about 20 S...

To get to Livernano, a tiny hamlet in the heart of Italy’s Chianti region, one must turn off a perfectly comfortable highway and endure two miles of what the charming Italian driver calls “dirty roads.” On these lanes, two cars barely fit side by side, which is particularly unnerving on the hairpin bends. When the inevitable dust settles, a corners...

“Salute!” — the clink-clink of glasses resounds like church bells throughout Italy as the late afternoon begins to dissolve towards evening. It’s aperitivo time – that glorious hour or two (or three) when the busy-ness of the day is set aside for drinks,  nibbles and elbow rubbing with friends.   But you won’t see any neon signs glowing with “2 for...

Every now and then, I encounter a winery that excels with so many wines I don’t know where to start in telling people about them. So consider this a blanket recommendation for Fratelli Rabino, a winery in Italy’s Piemonte region, just a few miles west of Alba. That’s the home of white truffles and Barolo, two luxury-priced items, but the Rabino fam...

Italy makes a whole lot of wine. In fact, according to the most recent figures from the International Organization of Vine and Wine, Italy leads the globe in wine, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the world’s production. Despite the impressive volume, many drinkers are far more familiar with French Chardonnays and Napa Cabs than they are with It...