by Lavinia Pisani   Nestled in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley stand the historical Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes of Bacigalupi Vineyards. Growers Charles and Helen Bacigalupi are internationally known after winning the 1976 Paris Tasting. Not only represents this a Californian success, but also an Italian-American. As Helen wri...

Coffee is a key part of the Italian culture, but instead of simply spending your trip sipping cappuccini on terraces, why not get a taste for life on the other side of the bar? Florence's Espresso Academyoffers a range of courses including basic, intensive and café latte art, while the Terzi Coffee School in Emilia Romagna offers intimate workshops...

by Dave Desimone   When it comes to Italy's famed extra-virgin olive oils,terroir plays a critical role just as in wine. The authentic, top-quality oil comes exclusively from handpicked, freshly cold-pressed olives grown naturally only in Italy. Carlo Dozzi, a Pittsburgh-based importer and owner of Buon Sapore at One Oxford Centre, Down...

by Michael Austin   One man's vino is another woman's wein. In Alto Adige, the Italian wine region also known as Sudtirol by the locals who drink "wein," multicultural bilingualism comes with the territory. This is Italy's northernmost wine region, bordering Austria to the north (thus, the language duality), Switzerland to the west, and...

Demand for Italian wines is growing worldwide but teaching distributors and consumers to appreciate the country's wealth of native varietals is necessary to help many more wine producers enter the US market, said Stevie Kim, managing director of Vinitaly International. "Italian wine is actually quite complicated. Italian wine is fairly mature...

by Joshua Aranda   Piedmont, or Piemonte in Italian, is a northwestern Italian region that offers a myriad of wine possibilities. It is often associated with Nebbiolo in Barbaresco and Barolo, however, this only amounts to three percent of the region's wine production.   And while Nebbiolo deservingly rules this wine kingdom, there is...

by Kerin O'Keefe   Some say no other beverage defines the Italian philosophy of la dolce vita, or the good life, quite like Prosecco. It's long been the aperitivo of choice for Italians up and down the peninsula, and it's now the most sold sparkler in the U.S.—and for good reason: It's refreshing, flavorful, light-bodied, (usually)...

Born and raised in Brescia, land of Franciacorta wines, Melania has always had a passion for food and especially wine. After completing her Masters degree in Management at Bocconi University in Milan and two years working within the PR department at Bialetti Industrie, she decided to turn her passion into work.   In May 2014 she earned her S...

Sons of Italy Southeastern Ohio, Lodge 2990, will host a Wine Tasting Event fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. in the Son's of Italy Lodge in the basement of the Redbrick Tavern in Athens at 14 N. Court St. The event is $25 per person and all are invited to attend. Proceeds will benefit the Doug Flutie Autism Association.   A Fl...

by Kerin O'Keefe Readers often ask me: what's your favorite wine? That's a tough question, because I love so many, from full-bodied Barolos to the elegant, almost ethereal reds from Mt. Etna, from mineral-driven Soaves to complex, savory Verdicchios.   But one thing many of my top picks have in common is vine age, with wines made from old v...