In a nation that has pride in its cuisine, no region is more noted for its agricultural products and culinary traditions than Emilia-Romagna. Prosciutto di Parma and artisanal Balsamica di Modena. Culatello from Zibello and the pancetta of Piacenza. Borgataro’s unique mushrooms and Altelo’s asparagus. Even Coppia, a bread made in Faenza, is among 3...

This innovative bar is the place for avocado everything: smoothies, salads and, yes, toast. Francesco Brachetti, a native of Florence, Italy, fell for avocados while living in Mexico. “They’re tasty and healthy, and I ate them every day,” he said. “We didn’t have them in Italy.” He persuaded a cousin, the chef Alberto Gramini, also from Florence, a...

On a spring weekend getaway to Hood River several years ago, my husband and I, along with friends, happened upon Marchesi Vineyards & Winery. We noticed the friendly atmosphere immediately. The tasting room with its numerous seating areas, both inside and out, felt like home. Tableside service started with a light Bianco wine and an antipasto board...

When earthquakes rocked central Italy last summer and fall, it was impossible not to be moved by the scenes of devastated hill towns and the news of hundreds of lives lost. Months later, many of us wonder what we can do to help. One Italian wine scholar has a suggestion — several, in fact — and all of them are delicious. If you keep up with Italian...

Vinitaly & USA: all’inizio di marzo 2017 erano 2.000 i nuovi buyer registrati per la 51ª edizione, provenienti in particolare da USA (da una ventina di stati), Cina, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Francia, Danimarca, Belgio, Germania, Giappone, Svizzera, Norvegia, Svezia e Russia; in aumento gli arrivi da Taiwan e Brasile e, nonostante la Brexit, il...

Just as all that glitters is not gold, all that sparkles is certainly not champagne. The limestone cellars that safeguard France’s national treasure may be sacred ground for connoisseurs, but they aren’t the only place the bubbly can be found in Europe. Spain is justifiably proud of its cava, and spumanti are produced in many parts of Italy from Ve...

Chris Figgin's great-grandfather, Francesco Leonetti, came to Walla Walla more than a century ago from Serra Pedace, a small town in the instep of the boot that is Italy’s southern peninsula. Chris’ dad, Gary Figgins, started Leonetti Cellar in 1977, paying tribute to the Italian side of his heritage.  Now Chris is paying a deeper tribute to his an...

To borrow a phrase from the fashion and film industries, Italian wine is having a moment. Which may seem like a strange observation given the country’s status as one of the most perennially popular sources of wine imported into the United States, and the instant name-recognition of many of its most famous regions and appellations. But for years now...

Worldwide wine consumption will grow by 4.3% over the next four years, led mainly by buyers in China (21.6%) as well as Russia (6.1%) and the United States (5.7%). These statistics from ISMEA agricultural research and funding institute were presented at Vinitaly, the 51st edition of the international wine trade show in Verona, which ends today. ISM...

The town of Montepulciano is located within the region of Tuscany, about 70 miles southwest of Florence. Bring your walking shoes because it's a steep uphill climb to the top on via di gracciano, but take your time as it's lined with plenty of shops and cafes to stop and take a break at. My favorite are the quiet, picturesque alleys that break off...