Italy's northeastern Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills, home to the world-famous sparkling wine prosecco, have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Sunday congratulated Italy and its Prosecco region, located in the Veneto region. Prosecco has become the most popular Ital...

When the weather is warm and meals tend to be lighter, many wine-lovers opt for a chilled glass of rosé. Although rosé wines are produced in different countries around the world (including the U.S), we commonly associate them with the south of France. That was—before we visited Puglia, an epicenter of pink wine production. Before that, we didn’t ev...

You know a drink has really made it when Marks & Spencer starts selling it in a can. It was only a matter of time with gin & tonic (‘gin in a tin’), and who hasn’t enjoyed a pre-mixed canned mojito. Now finally, after a substantial online campaign, last month saw the debut of M&S’ Aperitivo Spritzer. Though not licensed to use actual Aperol, nobody...

I had the pleasure to interview Francesco Amodeo. Francesco is the Presidente of Don Ciccio & Figli and founder of Think Italian LLC. Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Amodeo began his journey in the hospitality industry as a young boy growing up in the small town of Furore, Italy, a quaint, tight-knit hamlet of just over 800 residents. With an extended family su...

It is well-known that tourists have always been in love with Italian food and wine, but the fact that the latter are fundamental elements in planning a trip to Italy is a phenomenon that we have only began to observe in the past few years. According to the “First Report on Italian Food and Wine Tourism” – drafted by Roberta Garibaldi under the scie...

I nuovi dazi dell'amministrazione Trump sono un "duro colpo" all'agroalimentare italiano e un vantaggio per il "falso made in Italy", portando così a un doppio danno al nostro Paese. È quanto emerge da un'analisi della Coldiretti sugli effetti provocati dai nuovi dazi annunciati da Washington nei confronti dei prodotti dell'Unione Europea per la vi...

On Sunday, June 30th, Miami-based wine educator and Wine by the Bay owner, Stefano Campanini received the prestigious, Italian Wine Ambassador pin and certification, at the New York City presentation of the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) Ambassador Course.  With the support of the ICE – Italian Trade Agency, VIA staged the Italian Wine Ambass...

Tre caratteristiche che rendono unico lo champagne sono: vitigni, territorio e presa di spuma; i vitigni autorizzati sono il Pinot Nero, il Pinot Meunier e lo Chardonnay. Il nome lo deve alla regione della Champagne, nel nord-est della Francia, e il metodo di vinificazione è il Metodo Classico un tempo chiamato champenoise. Il disciplinare impone u...

After an intense week of lectures and tastings as well as a final examination in New York city, Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) has just certified 12 new Italian Wine Ambassadors. The new Ambassadors are all operational in the United States. The re-formatted, tasting-intensive VIA Italian Wine Ambassador course saw the participation of 39 high...

When your family is from Italy, it’s nearly a rite of passage to preside over your own vineyard. Although Brian Matranga waited until later in life to do just that, he and his wife, Hope, have planted a little bit of the “Old Country” in La Center, Washington.  With strong family roots that trace back to Sicily, Brian began life in Roseville, Calif...