Throughout its 100-year history, Glen Rock, New Jersey-based Opici Group has been involved in every facet of the wine business. Today the company is an importer, a producer, and a distributor. Its supplier arm, Opici Wines, has a portfolio of 35 wine brands and eight spirits labels, which total roughly 700,000 cases and $40 million in annual revenu...

SICILY, like the rest of Italy, has long been known as red wine territory. Yet slowly, the whites of Sicily, particularly those grown in the foothills of Mount Etna, have been earning attention as among the most distinctive and unusual white wines in Italy, if not the world. What makes them so different? These are not conventional, fruity whites. T...

Driving a rental car through the northern Italian countryside for 36 hours is about as relaxing as a root canal. Speed limits seem to be a light suggestion, and those sloping verdant peaks that look so serene as you approach from the nearest city turn out to be full of hairpin turns, rife for harrowing tailgating incidents with truck drivers who ha...

It is with great good fortune that I can say I have been bitten by a bubbles bug this summer. It was by no means intentional, it just kind of happened. An early summer birthday was celebrated with grower Champagne. A meeting with Gianluca Bisol, my favorite producer of Prosecco wines from the hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, was joyously serendip...

The glory of wine today is its unparalleled diversity. Never before in history would you be confronted in a wine shop with the range of choices available now. Some may suggest this poses a problem: The endless options are too intimidating. But I think the selection offers a wonderful opportunity for exploration. It may be that Italy grows more diff...

Sicily, like the rest of Italy, has long been known as red wine territory. Yet slowly, the whites of Sicily, particularly those grown in the foothills of Mount Etna, have been earning attention as among the most distinctive and unusual white wines in Italy, if not the world. What makes them so different? These are not conventional, fruity whites. T...

Italy has set a record at the annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC), which is regarded as the most comprehensive and rigorous international wine competition of its kind. For the first time since the contest’s beginning in 2014, Italy, led by Trentodoc with 27 Gold medals, has won the most medals of any other country, provi...

When Luigi Rubino established Tenute Rubino in 1999, the idea of producing 1.2 million bottles of wine using estate-grown indigenous grapes annually seemed light-years away. However, fast-forward 20 years and that is exactly what he is doing, along with his wife and business partner Romina Leopardi and their winemaker Luca Petrelli. Rubino’s father...

Celebrity wines have become highly popular in recent years. A phenomenon of the last quarter century of winemaking in the United States has been the advent and increasing popularity of wines endorsed by, or oftentimes owned and produced by, artists from all segments of the entertainment industry, not to mention the lesser-known Silicon Valley entre...

Let’s face it, the summer heat can sometimes get rough in Italy. From June to September, midday to 5pm, all but the most intrepid Italophiles will be forced inside to the comfort of a shady, and ideally air conditioned, room. Early evenings though can be some of the most enjoyable times to spend in il bel paese. This is the perfect season, after al...