ACCORDING TO Nielsen Beverage Data, one of the most popular types of sparkling wine in the U.S. is something called “mid-tier Prosecco,” which Nielsen defines as bottles priced at $13-$14. What the category may lack in felicitous phraseology, it more than makes up for in monetary momentum: Retail sales of mid-tier Prosecco grew by 30% in the last y...

When: Monday, March 26, 2018 From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 1023 Hilgard Avenue - LA 90024 - Entrance : Free Part of the new series Wine and Dine – Wine and Food Tasting Parties in partnership with Vinomatica.com Wine Agency and its Founder and CEO, Master Taster and Wine Educator, Giammario Villa. An interactive wine...

Da qualche anno in USA è in atto un profondo cambiamento in materia di food safety. Dal 16 Settembre 2016 sono infatti diventate obbligatorie le “Final Rules” previste dalla nuova legislazione statunitense sulla sicurezza alimentare, il “Food Safety Modernization Act” (FSMA) emanato dalla Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), l’agenzia USA per gli a...

On these chilly gray days, my mind races back to a week of spectacular sunshine and even more spectacular wines in the northwestern Italian region of Piedmont. My wife and I tasted so many excellent wines during our time in Piedmont that it’s hard to know where to start. But today I’d like to share two wine experiences that surprised and delighted...

More than 500 guests attended the Taste of Italy trade fair Grand Tasting on Monday, March 5 in Houston. More than 160 guests attended the sold-out seminars on Piedmont Wines, Texas BBQ and Lambrusco, and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. The 144 exhibitors in attendance presented more than 1,000 products. The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas co...

Wine is a fickle thing. It relies on us to age it in ideal conditions for years or decades to reveal its glory. And if we let it down by storing it above the refrigerator, or under the staircase, or any other place where temperatures spike from time to time, it will taunt us with what might have been. Old wine is all too often a lament of lost oppo...

"We're going." Brian said as he flicked the promotion card at me excitedly while I polished stemware. "I need to check my schedule, but…" I inspected the flyer more closely, "…oh, we're going." Gaia Gaja, eldest daughter of legendary Italian winemaker Angelo Gaja, was in Houston Tuesday and kept a tight schedule. Hosted by the Terlato Wine Group, s...

Il Fornaio, in Del Mar and Coronado is Italian fine dining, its 23 locations mostly in California.  The brand started out as a bakery in the Lombardia district of Italy and the logo proclaims it as an authentic Italian Restaurant and Bakery. It’s still evident in their freshly baked bread with every meal and the enchanting desserts offered. The fre...

If you've ever ventured inside Italian superstore Eataly, you know there are some seriously tough decisions to ponder. Hand-made pasta or Napoli-style pizza? Negroni or spritz? Bocconcini or burrata? On Friday, March 23, you can experience it all when Eataly opens its 60,000-square-foot store for SpringFest. The bi-annual event, which is also hoste...

Rouses Markets is partnering with the Italian Trade Agency to add Italian imports to Rouses stores throughout the Gulf Coast, including cheese, cured meats, preserves and wine. “This partnership expands exponentially the Italian imports we have on our shelves for our customers,” said Donny Rouse, CEO of the Thibodaux, La.-based grocery chain. “We’v...