I cannot remember a time as a youth when I did not assist my Dad in the making of wine. I must have been 3 or 4 years old when I first began helping him in the cellar in Verona, Penn. The grapes had that sweet, sticky smell and touch. The white grapes were called muscatel, and the purple ones — which looked black to me — were zinfandel. This was ba...

Tuscany is famous for its vineyards and variety of grapes, which results in a huge selection of wines. Thanks to the fame acquired in the course of years, wine has become an important factor of regional economy, also when it comes to tourism: the so-called ‘strade del vino‘, the roads of wine, are a combination of palatal delight with passion for v...

Every month, Rainbow Lodge at 2011 Ella hosts casual, walk-around-style Monthly Wine Tasting Events, each with a different theme and food pairings! On June 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m, Marc Borel kicks off Part One of the “Passport to Italy” series, a three-event Italian wine tour. This month’s tasting focuses on Italy’s Northern region and other regi...

A little more than four years ago at my Italian wine blog, I wrote an article about Italy's 50 Best White Wines. It may have been the first article of its type, as white wines tend to be greatly overshadowed by the country's famous reds. But having visited virtually every region of Italy, tasting the typical wines of each area, it became clear to m...

Summer is too short to stay inside, so let's revel in the peak of the season together at Piazza all'Aperto, our block party series outside of Eataly Boston! From smoking grills to clinking glasses, these free evenings have all the ingredients to relax and enjoy summer – the same way an Italian would. PIAZZA ALL'APERTO: Open-access Block Parties on...

Skyrocketing global demand for Prosecco may be putting too much strain on the precious soil in northeastern Italy’s vineyards, Italian researchers reported. The boom in prosecco production in recent years may be an environmental hazard, as it is contributing to the erosion of some 400 million kiograms of soil every year, according to a new study of...

The enchanting region of Emilia-Romagna, just north of Tuscany in north-central Italy, remains an under-the-radar destination for its ivy-draped castles, ancient villages, Lambrusco vineyards, and centuries-old university hub of Bologna. What most people don’t know is that many of our favorite Italian foods originated in this unassuming gastronomic...

In Italy, antipasto is the prelude to a feast. It can also be one in and of itself. Meaning “before the meal,” the traditional Italian first course is a generous spread meant to welcome guests, stave off their hunger, and kick-start both appetites and conversation. They’re finger-friendly starters, often pulled from pantry staples and based on seas...

A hallmark of Rogue Valley viticulture is its diversity. When I first got interested in local wines, I went to a lecture given by Greg Jones, then a Southern Oregon University professor and research climatologist specializing in viticultural studies — he has since moved on to Linfield College in McMinnville, where he put the number of varietals pro...

I acquired a taste for good Italian food at a young age. Living next door to a three generation Italian family introduced us to unsurpassed cuisine. Straight off the boat, Grandma’s ravioli was made from scratch. The dough was light and creamy, the filling laced with ricotta and the fresh homemade sauce was one that had simmered for days. At Christ...