Italy is now the country second-hardest hit by COVID-19, right behind China. For now, it is on lockdown and even travel within the country is discouraged. That led us to inquire with the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas (IACC Texas) whether there would soon be a shortage of imported Italian ingredients, such as real Parmigiano-Reggiano ch...

The 2020 Slow Wine US Tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the English-language edition of the Slow Wine Guide, was held last month in five cities across the United States, to an enthusiastic reception from trade, press, and consumers. The guide was born in 2010  with the objective of expanding Slow Food’s work to the world of wine. The “Slow...

People living in a small village near Modena, in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna, got a surprise on Wednesday when they turned on their kitchen taps and got wine instead of water. Not a miracle, but a fault at a nearby winery meant wine had accidentally been pumped into the local water supply, technicians later discovered. Residents said the...

La #DopEconomy italiana si conferma driver fondamentale e indiscusso dei distretti agroalimentari del nostro Paese. Lo certifica il XVII Rapporto Ismea-Qualivita che nella sua analisi sui dati produttivi 2018 registra una ulteriore crescita che si inserisce nel trend degli ultimi dieci anni per il settore Food e Wine DOP IGP, con un valore alla pro...

The VIA team is working to stage the advanced-level Italian Wine Ambassador certification in Verona from 10-14 April 2020, shortly before Vinitaly. With five advanced Italian Wine Ambassador courses in Italy and 10 overseas held from 2015 to 2019, this year the VIA will run five Wine Ambassador courses, including one in Atlanta in June, Seattle in...

Hailing from the northern regions of Piemonte, Lombardia, and Val d'Aosta, Nebbiolo is the key to some of Italy's most refined red wines. Step into the vineyards to discover this prized grape variety. WHAT IS NEBBIOLO? Dating back to the 13th century and named for nebbia, Italian for "fog," this ancient and thin-skinned grape variety is right at ho...

Italians take their wines very seriously, and no wonder when wine is produced in all 20 regions of the country. To keep abreast of all the selections available, at least a half dozen wine guides are published in Italy each year, rating thousands of wines in all price ranges and styles. The best known Italian wine guide is the one published by Gambe...

The Cinque Terre in northwest Italy has won the hearts of millions of travelers the world over. What very few visitors realize is that this area is much more than just five colorful villages dotting a picturesque stretch of the Italian Riviera; the true heart and heritage of this region are found on its steep hillsides in its terraced vineyards.  B...

In general, it’s relatively easy for wine drinkers to wrap their heads around the idea that certain red wines improve with age. Offering restaurant-goers or wine shop patrons a 10- or 20-year-old bottle of Bordeaux, Barolo, or Burgundy might come with sticker shock, but the concept won’t be scoffed at. Try to do the same with white wines, and you’r...

There are no highways nearby. The railroad stops in Tirano, then you have to take a bus for an hour to get there. At 4,000 feet above sea level in Valtellina, getting to Bormio is a bit more difficult than reaching Cortina or St. Moritz. “What a shame,” the locals say. But the true mountain enthusiasts, those who can’t wait to reach the wide valley...