Winery names like Mondavi, Martini and Sebastiani are household names among wine drinkers. Italian Americans established these wineries in California in the early 20th century and their brands grew big over time. So big, in fact, that they became acquisition targets for the largest wine companies in the country and lost their founding-family connec...

When we write about the iconic labels of Italian wine, we usually talk about them — rather unjustly — as mostly investment wines, quoted on the Liv-ex indices, and then we almost forget to uncork the bottles and enjoy the wine. Fortunately, though, a good number of Italy’s top brand wines end up in the wineries and on the tables of wine lovers arou...

We spent last week filming in one of the most overlooked (and criminally underappreciated) corners of Italian America… deep in the Ozarks in a little Italian village called Tontitown, Arkansas! In this week’s episode of The Italian American Podcast, we’re sitting down with two of the new paesani we met during our travels, Heather Ranalli Peachee an...

Bernie Orsi, Owner of Orsi Family Vineyards is thrilled to announce Orsi Family Vineyards as a winner in the 2022 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best New Winery in America. “After opening the doors of our first dedicated tasting room and winery in Healdsburg only one year ago, we couldn’t be prouder of this accolade,” Ors...

No stories this month about winemakers, Italy’s incredible number of grapes, specific regions, or types of wine. Just a bottle roundup, a selection of affordably satisfying wines, almost all of them under $20, many of them in the $10-$15 range that you don’t have to think too hard about. Wines that snobs would probably give the cold shoulder. These...

Since 2009, when the Prosecco world found its new formula, with the establishment of the Prosecco Doc, the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Docg and the Colli Asolani Prosecco or Asolo Prosecco Docg (as per the decree of July 17, 2009), the large Veneto territory, enlarged to Friuli Venezia Giulia to include the hamlet of Prosecco in the municipal...

The first, sporadic bunches of grapes have already been harvested in Sicily. However, the first major Italian wine territory, Franciacorta, the land of the Italian classic method sparkling wine, has just begun its 2022 grape harvest. “Franciacorta has kicked off its grape harvest on August 1st. In some areas, for instance, south of Monte Orfano, a...

The Italian-style aperitif – a sort of ritual born from the world of bars, and squares, and experienced during various moments of the day – has now become one of the symbols of Italian sophistication and style, recognized and envied even abroad and by tourists. This is what emerges from a study promoted by Sanbittèr – the brand of Sanpellegrino as...

M&S Classics Chianti, Italy 2018, £8.50, Marks & Spencer Producers of chianti classico have a long-running beef with wines labelled simply as chianti. The classico wines come from the original, superior winegrowing lands between Florence and Siena, recognised as far back as 1716 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III de’ Medici. Chianti, by contr...

The most popular tourist attraction in Sonoma County during the 1950s and 1960s was — you guessed it — a winery. But not just any winery. The Italian Swiss Colony was once the leading wine producer in California. It was based in Asti, an unincorporated area located along Highway 101 between Healdsburg and Cloverdale. Known for its Tipo brand table...