A few years ago, while he was staying just outside Milan during a whirlwind tour through northern Italy’s vineyard, Ray Osborne quickly took to one very widespread local custom: spritzes in the afternoon. “You’d be out on a piazza, the town square, and everyone would have a spritz in their hands,” said Osborne, sommelier and assistant general manag...

Oltre 50 eventi, 50 tra consorzi, cantine, aziende del food & wine e del lifestyle italiane presenti, più di 500 importatori e distributori locali e oltre 100 ristoranti italiani certificati coinvolti: questi i numeri di “Authentic Italian Table”, la manifestazione con cui le 9 Camere di Commercio Italiane all’estero di Chicago, Houston, Los Angele...

Though the U.S. market’s total imported wine segment was roughly flat at 67 million 9-liter case depletions last year, according to Impact Databank, the category is seeing significant gains at the premium level. The top 10 imported brands retailing at above $10 a 750-ml. shot ahead by an aggregate 16% last year to more than 9 million cases. Progres...

"Volcanic wine. What the he*l is that?" Late in March, wine writer John Szabo, MS — author of Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power which won a 2016 André Simon Food and Drink Book Award — was in Manhattan to host his 1st Annual International Volcanic Wines Conference and, on his way up to give the morning's welcome presentation, sharing an elevator...

For the second year Italy will exhibit at the International Franchise Expo in New York with a significant growth since the first participation. How important it is to promote the Made in Italy concepts in the U.S. market? Yes, this will be the Italian Trade Agency’s second consecutive participation with a national pavilion at the International Fran...

This month our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group is exploring verdicchio from all over Italy. One of the areas I am most familiar with when it comes to verdicchio is the region of Le Marche, which is located in central Italy. Le Marche has a long coastline along the Adriatic and touches 5 other regions to its west including Emilia Romagna to the...

Two-and a-half words that, said aloud in a cocktail party, mean very little to much of the crowd. Show the same people a postcard with Tuscany written in Monotype Corsiva across the bottom and the room would probably fill with the more appropriate ooohs  and ahhhs befitting of a first glance at Val d’Orcia. The moral of this storiella (little story...

Encinitas has been embracing the Italian style wine and food of Alice’s Italian Gourmet, now the big buzz for quick and delicious Italian on El Camino Real. Alice (pronounced Ah-leechee) and Carlo Paoletti bring bold new menu dynamics to tempt and feed the fast casual lunch and dinner bunch. They’re from Milan, so you’ll see and enjoy upscale touch...

With Italian roots and childhood memories of his grandfather and family making wine in their basement, Giorgio Furioso purchased Juliard Vineyard in 2014 to start what he thought would be a small venture. This month Furioso Vineyards is releasing its first pinot noir, an event coupled with the opening of a new lounge-style wine tasting room on Ward...

Lambrusco’s second life. After opening the world markets to Italian wines and years of struggles at bay, we have now been witnessing the rebirth of Lambrusco for some seasons, which has become synonymous with fizzy red wine – or rosé, everywhere. It cannot go unnoticed, however, that Lambrusco has many different identities. The homelands of Lambrus...