To describe a wine as “salty” may not seem like much of a compliment. Yet it can be high praise indeed. Some of the world’s greatest wines have a distinct saline tang. In France, where the vocabulary for describing wine dwarfs the capacity of English, to remark on a wine’s “salinité” is to toss a welcome though perhaps voguish verbal bouquet. In my...

Barbaresco is without question, one of the world's greatest red wines, yet it rarely receives the attention it deserves. Let's examine its framework, and also discover how it is finally starting to gain its proper place among wine's upper echelon.  Barbaresco is produced exclusively from Nebbiolo in a production zone east of the city of Alba in Ita...

American wine lovers don’t need to be told that Italy produces some of the world’s great wines. But Italian vintners believe they can improve sales in the world’s largest wine market and have launched an aggressive marketing push. It’s an ambitious drive aimed at elevating the image of Italian wine with U.S. consumers and wine professionals. “It’s...

A millennium before there was Cabernet Sauvignon, there was Barbera, a northwestern Italian native with high-yielding, purple-black fruit; in fact, it’s such a heavy producer it usually needs to be pruned heavily to produce excellent fruit. It’s the third most-planted red wine grape in the Boot (after Sagiovese and Montepulciano), but Italian immig...

E.&J. Gallo Winery won a major industry award at an April 14 gathering in Verona, Italy. The Modesto-based company received the 2018 Vinitaly International Award, presented during a four-day event that drew 128,000 visitors from 143 countries. Gina Gallo, a winemaker and third-generation leader in the company, was on hand to receive the honor. Erne...

Sunday, May 6, 2018 | 2 - 4 p.m. | 5th floor Mueller Center | Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Your chance to talk all things wine with one of the nation's leading scholars of American wine history has arrived! Purchase Tickets: $20 for the general public and $10 for History Center members (both include...

Italian wine is experiencing a ‘green’ turning point. Never before has so much organic wine been consumed by Italians, with a record leap of +45% in sales in 2017 compared to the previous year for a total of 3.84 million liters sold in the large scale distribution channel. According to an analysis by Coldiretti based on Infoscan Census data – unvei...

The Prosecco DOC Consortium, the entity that oversees the production of the hugely popular Italian sparkling wine, is pleased to announce the launch of the first ever National Prosecco Week, beginning Monday, June 11th. The week-long activation will see masterclasses for media and trade, as well as public consumer events at multiple cities througho...

I ministeri delle Politiche agricole alimentari e forestali e dei Beni culturali e del turismo hanno proclamato il 2018 Anno nazionale del cibo italiano. Da gennaio hanno preso il via, quindi, una serie di manifestazioni, iniziative, eventi legati alla cultura e alla tradizione enogastronomica dell'Italia. Per far conoscere l’esperienza agroalimen...

Slow Wine’s 10th annual US Tour and launch of their annual guide was held last month in four cities across the US, to an enthusiastic reception from trade, press, and consumers. Grand Tastings, which brought together Italian and Californian producers for the first time ever, were held on February 27th in Atlanta at the Southern Exchange, March 1st...