The importance of decanting wine is a bit underestimated. Have you ever poured the last few drops of a good bottle of red wine only to find pieces of something floating around in your wine glass? For some, it can be an unattractive scene. But here's the good news. Typically, it's not bottling negligence or some other winery faux pas. It's simply se...

This month I am featuring wines from the area of Lake Garda that borders both the Veneto and Lombardy northern regions in Italy. In particular we're talking about the wines known as chiaretto, pronounced "key-ah-ret-oh". Lake Garda is actually the largest lake in Italy. If you've never been to Lake Garda it's a must see. It's such a beautiful p...

The Italian wine grape harvest season has started with Pinot and Chardonnay grapes in the northern Lombardy's Franciacorta region, with experts anticipating a better year after an especially weak 2017. The Coldiretti agricultural lobby said Friday that it's expecting a 15 percent increase in wine production this season to 4.6 billion liters (1.2 bi...

When life gave them lemons, the Pallini family didn't make lemonade — they made limoncello! Try the classic Italian liqueur and more at our pop-up 'Cello Bar from August 6 to 19 in La Piazza. Since 1875, the Pallini family has been producing Limoncello, a natural liqueur traditionally made with prized organic Sfusato Amalfitano lemons and pure alco...

Italy is currently the largest wine producer in the world and Italian wines are well known around the world. Il vino italiano (Italian wine) is made throughout the country, from Lombardia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Piemonte in the north, to Campania and Sicilia in the south. So you should definitely try some when in Italy! If you would like to orde...

In 2018 The Abruzzo Consortium is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC with events all over the world. The US celebration will take place in Houston on September 10th and in Boston on September 13th. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is one of the top three DOC wines produced in Italy: a wine loved by Americans with its inviting in...

Traditionally, the red wines of Italy have garnered the country’s greatest recognition, but as awareness of the country’s wine diversity grows, so too does the world’s appreciation for Italian white wines. From north to south, all of Italy’s regions produce white wine, typically crafted from local grape varieties. While they can vary from light to...

The 120th Tontitown Grape Festival begins Tuesday on U.S. 412 west of Springdale with an evening of carnival rides, free live entertainment and a grape stomp. The festival will continue through Aug. 11 with other activities and food highlighting the town's Italian heritage, including the festival's infamous grape ice cream. Hundreds of volunteers o...

On so many occasions just like that one, the crisp, clean, affordable white wines of Alto Adige / Südtirol DOC transformed my everyday life with their simple elegance, making the mundane special, if not memorable. The indication of Südtirol in the DOC name reflects the German language influence in this bilingual area of Italy (formerly part of Aust...

Tours and tastings at olive oil estates and wineries are a popular part of any trip to Italy, but why visit for only an hour or two when you can spend the night? Several of these estates throughout the country hope to attract overnight guests with new accommodations and a lineup of activities. Hanging your hat in a winery or with a local olive oil...