As a travel writer, I often get asked, ‘What’s the best place you’ve been to?’ Always a difficult question to answer, I used to say something like, ‘Oh everywhere is different and each has its highlights.’ But more recently, the answer has been Italy. I just can’t get enough of this country. Maybe it’s because I’m dating an Italian, or maybe it’s t...

“Good Lambruscos are almost always going to be in the $20 to $30 range,” Keith Beavers, wine professional and VinePair columnist, says as I set up a Lambrusco blind tasting. He’s right. Our panel immediately pans three cloying, $11-ish bottles in rapid succession. Beavers’ wisdom goes against persistent misconceptions about Lambrusco, the sparkling...

Every country has its own unique Christmas traditions, and Italy may not be the first European country you’d associate with winter cosiness. But the country goes all out for the holidays, and does Christmas bigger and, we think, better than anywhere else. If you’re a fan of all things festive, here’s why Italy is the place to be. Rome’s beleaguered...

This village in the northern Italian province of Piacenza is tucked between the hills. The locality is celebrated primarily for its castle, a complex that represents an incredible synthesis between defensive medieval architecture and the elegant, ladylike mansions of the Renaissance. And the beautiful interior of the Castle of Agazzano is the perfe...

The world's sparkling wine drinkers may be, essentially, divided into two camps: those that inadvertently call all sparkling wines Champagneand those that abhor that erroneous practice. No judgment here, but learning a few simple traits and indicators about bubblies from regions outside of Champagne is low-hanging fruit when it comes to wine apprec...

Prosecco, the fruity sparkling wine made in the northeastern hills of Italy is gaining in global popularity — and producers of Champagne, for so long the dominant bubbly wine, are taking note. Prosecco has become the best-selling sparkling wine in the world by volume, and experts say it is eroding the market share of Champagne, the French wine that...

The region of Calabria is located in southern Italy at the tip of the boot. It's not a highly regarded region for winemaking and doesn't get much attention for the wines that it does produce. It's most popular wine hails from the Cirò DOC, which is required to be made of at least 95% of the gaglioppo grape with up to 5% of greco bianco and trebbian...

For Donati Family Vineyard everything stems from “family, food, and fun.” And not necessarily in that order, says long-time DFV Director of Sales and Marketing Mitch Bakich on a pleasant fall afternoon at the winery’s tasting room and production facility nestled in the corner of Highway 46 West and Vineyard Drive intersection. “We are always eating...

Valpolicella wines, with Amarone as the protagonist, starred in Manhattan's East Village as part of the celebrative tour of the 50th anniversary of the denomination of the iconic red from the north-eastern Veneto region. Celebrations have just wrapped up. The 'SeventyFifty House', one of New York's trendiest areas, hosted walk-around-tasting events...

Si è appena conclusa a Chicago la Missione commerciale organizzata dalla Regione Siciliana – Assessorato delle Attività Produttive nell’ambito del Piano promozionale per l’anno 2018, che ha visto protagoniste 10 imprese siciliane dei settori lapideo e agroalimentare. La Missione si è svolta dal 10 al 13 dicembre e ha visto la partecipazione di tre...