Castello del Poggio’s IGT Moscato (SRP: $13) is now the top Italian Moscato in the U.S, according to Nielsen. Castello del Poggio sold more than 250,000 cases nationally in 2016. Overall, the winery saw a 19% sales volume increase, outpacing the Moscato category’s 2.8% volume growth. “Our Italian Moscato has taken off in the U.S with Castello del P...

The Mahopac Italian American Club held its third annual Wine Tasting Festival and Competition Sunday at its clubhouse. The packed house enjoyed an afternoon of homemade vino and a meal of delicious Italian dishes. This year, Giuseppe Cambareri took home first place and was named Mastro Del Vino.  Joseph Zeolla won the second-place prize and Angelo...

For millions of Italian immigrants, the straw-covered fiasco of Chianti on the dinner table was a piece of home. Bill Nesto remembers that his father, who was born in Boston in 1914, grew up in Apulia and returned to his native city shortly before World War II, pulled a large flask from under the kitchen sink and poured himself a glass of red every...

It’s official: One of the world’s best wine stores — especially if you are a fan of Italian wines — is right here in Washington. And you may have overlooked it. A. Litteri has been selling Italian foods to Washingtonians for 90 years. The store’s current location in the old warehouse district of Northeast D.C. is just a block from the uber-hip Unio...

As I travel across the regions of the Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, researching or leading our tours, I am consistently amazed by the huge variety of wines available there. Not only does there seem to be a new DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) region, with its own traditional wines, remarkable terroir and distincti...

HERE'S A TRIVIA question for the self-acknowledged wine geek: which wine region in the world has the most autochthonous (i.e., native) grape varieties? The answer, which may surprise you, is Friuli Venezia Giulia. To locate it, think of the map of Italy, which resembles a limb in a boot. Well, to put it indelicately, Friuli, in the extreme northeas...

Like high-waist pants, lambrusco lends credence to the theory that if you wait long enough, everything will come back into fashion. In lambrusco’s case, the resurgence took about 40 years. Maybe you’re old enough to remember the first big splash. Long before prosecco captured North American hearts, lambrusco was the Italian fizz of choice. It had m...

Searching for value, variety and excitement in wine? Look to Italy — or so says Daniele Cernilli. He is the author of “The Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine 2017,” and a longtime champion of the wines of his native country. The Roman was one of the founding editors of Gambero Rosso, the leading Italian food and wine magazine that grew out of the Slow...

It’s an exciting month for us as we explore nebbiolo throughout all regions of Italy. The name nebbiolo is derived from the Piemontese word for nebbia, meaning fog. It derives from the fog that comes down from the mountains and roles over the Po Valley helping with the ripening of these grapes.

Italian Wine Podcast: Cin Cin with Italian Wine People, the podcasting project which showcases the unique Italian wine-making tradition in conversation with some of its key protagonists, was finally launched this week with the publication of the first of 13 series of interview carried out during OperaWine 2016. Wine writer Monty Waldin interviewed...