Castelmagno DOP is named after the town of the same name, situated between the Maritime and Cottian Alps in the province of Cuneo, its main commercial centre and the area in which it was first made centuries ago. The origins of Castelmagno are very ancient. The earliest official document mentioning its existence and appreciation is an arbitration a...

Alba has become known as the mecca food capital of Piemonte thanks to it’s white truffle, the most expensive food in the world. True wine and food lovers don’t need to look for an excuse to visit Piedmont, the region located in northwest Italy that has been picked by the Lonely Planet as the world’s top region to visit in 2019. However, coming here...

What better occasion than Valentine’s Day to enjoy a romantic dinner by candlelight with your loved one? And why not make everything even more perfect by accompanying it with an excellent Brachetto d’Acqui? I am suggesting a luxury wine with a special perfume, not very alcoholic and to be consumed in a wine or sparkling version. Brachetto D’Acqui,...

There are several ‘lucky’ spots in Italy where, according to popular belief, if you visit them or perform a simple ritual, often passed down through the centuries, you will get lucky. Some lucky spots you may have heard of include Juliet’s House in Verona, the statue of the bull in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, the statue of the Porcellin...

This month, the Italian Food, Wine and Travel writers are exploring a new-to-me, and lesser known region of Italy – Oltrepò Pavese. Susannah Gold, founder of Vigneto Communications is hosting this month. She is a Brand Ambassador for the Oltrepò here in the U.S., and graciously arranged samples for our group. Oltrepò Pavese, which is sometime refer...

To fully appreciate the history and craft behind some of the world’s most celebrated wines - those made in Piedmont’s Monferrato - you need to head underground.  The Unesco-inscribed area, which also includes Langhe and Roero, is mostly associated with  vineyard-dotted gentle hills and picturesque villages.  However, many do not know that, right un...

Referred to as the biggest food fight in Europe, the Battle of the Oranges takes over the town of Ivrea, Italy on the three days preceding Lent. While the 2021 Battle of the Oranges was cancelled due to Covid, 2022’s event takes place on February 27 – March 1.  Around 9,000 tons of oranges are cast in a battle between the townsfolk represented by n...

Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. The beauty of these places is not only in the wonderful views offered by the sunny hills, but especially in the exceptional culture enclosed in the traditional technique of wine cultivation that takes us back centuries through the quality...

Carnevale is one of the most colorful celebrations in the world. In Italy, we are serious about it. In the end, this is where it was born. We are all familiar with the Carnevale of Venice and that of Viareggio, as well as famous international renditions such as the Carnival in New Orleans, that in Rio and that in Notting Hill (London).  In Italy, t...

When I told friends I was headed to Lake Orta, precious few had heard of it. "Where's that?" they asked, looking blankly at me as I explained its proximity to Lake Maggiore and Lake Como. I could see what they were thinking; why not just go there? After all, these two famed locations have long held mastery over Northern Italy's lake region, dotted...