In 2018, Liberati, an Italian restaurant and brewery co-founded by Alex Liberati, was one of Denver’s most anticipated openings of the year. Billing itself as the only brewery in the world to specialize in Italian grape ales, Liberati introduced its patrons to “oenobeers,” a term Liberati coined to describe “a beer-wine hybrid with each beer using...

Whether it’s a Barolo or a Brunello, a Montepulciano or a Moscato, Italy is renowned for its excellent wine. Enjoying a nice glass of wine with friends and family is an intrinsic part of the Italian lifestyle. So it’s no surprise that there are some interesting expressions and sayings centred around wine. In vino veritas This is a Latin saying whic...

At age 2, my grandfather emigrated from Bonito, Italy, on the good ship Colombo and docked in Ellis Island in 1922. He became a U.S. citizen the old fashioned way — by waiting in a relatively short line, getting deloused and having his name changed from Crescenzo to Christopher. That’s basically all anyone needed to do to become an American in thos...

Passing by the vineyards at Monastero Suore Cistercensi, you may see figures pruning the vineyards or checking out clusters of grapes. What’s unique about these figures, though, is they are each wearing a nun’s habit. We’ve all heard of beers made by Trappist monks—Chimay—and liqueurs by Carthusians—Chartreuse—but there is wine made by religious wo...

Cities bursting with priceless art? Florence, Lucca, and Siena fit the bill. Spectacular hill towns with gentle rhythms and sweet piazzas? Bagno Vignoni, Monteriggioni and Massa Marittima are only the start of a list of villages that will steal your heart. Add in top notch-spas focusing on local treatments alongside natural thermal waters, outdoor...

OK, so the Grand Hotel Trento isn't really that grand at all. I mean, yes, it's grand as in big, but it's not grand as in posh or swanky. In fact, it's more than a little shabby around the edges, redolent even of a cheesy Seventies conference venue. The staff are extremely jolly though and - vitally - it's slap dab in the heart of Trento. And since...

Placed in the North East of Italy, Veneto is the first Italian region for GI food and wine economic impact (3,5 billion euros) – following 2018 Ismea-Qualivita report – and it counts three of its provinces in the top five wine producing provinces ranking. Verona (ranked first with 918 million euros), Treviso (ranked second with 845 million euros),...

At a recent tasting of Conte Vistarino wines, winery director Ottavia Giorgi di Vistarino said that a combination of cool climate and calcareous soils ensured that Pinot Noir “thrived” in the region. “Northern Italy is such a great terroir for Pinot Noir, because of the cool climate,” said di Vistarino. “Yet Pinot Noir is not new in Oltrepò, we hav...

A mere one-hour flight from Rome, across the blue-green Tyrrhenian Sea, plus a winding road trip through the hilly heart of Sardinia, will land you in front of the imposing facade of  Cantina Mesa winery. The white, minimalist structure overlooks a lush marshland that borders the shimmering beaches of Porto Pino in the island’s southwestern Sulcis-...

L’export agroalimentare cresce tre volte la media dell’industria manifatturiera. È il commento del coordinatore di Filiera Italia, Luigi Scordamaglia ai dati Istat che vedono le esportazioni del settore agroalimentare nei primi 9 mesi dell’anno mettere a segno un +7% rispetto allo stesso periodo dello scorso anno. «Al di là degli Usa – ha spiegato...