The 31st Annual Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival is still more than a week away but local residents were able to get a sneak peak Wednesday evening. Festival organizers held a wine tasting to preview West Virginia’s largest Italian festival that see more than 150,000 people attend annually. However, if it wasn’t for several commun...

With heavy hearts we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Riboli, Stefano Giuseppe–a founding member of the historic San Antonio Winery in downtown Los Angeles, CA. A pioneer of the American wine industry, Riboli, Stefano Giuseppe passed away peacefully surrounded by four generations of the family on July 3rd, 2019 at the tender age of 97...

Much of this ancient peninsula is rich in UNESCO heritage sites and well known for its red wine production. However Italian whites, particularly from the South, rarely get enough respect. Despite the fact that they absolutely deserve it and are among some of the best wines being produced in Italy today. Many are made from hard-to-pronounce grapes:...

A crowd gathers around Fausto Albanesi, the bespectacled winemaker from Torre dei Beatti, at a wine festival in Abruzzo, Italy in May 2019. An English Master of Wine scribbles in his notebook as he praises the “wonderful softness” of Albanesi’s “Rosa-ae” Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC 2018, while a reporter Delhi thoughtfully swirls her glass. “Italian so...

Pizza, Pasta & Wine – it’s the most delicious time of year at our Italian Festival & Wine Tasting! Bring your family and friends to savor delicious Italian food, listen to live music, visit our Italian crafters, and enjoy a day of racing! Stop by one of our bocce courts and have a family-friendly game. For only $10 enjoy 5 two-ounce samples of Ital...

My best friend in Baltimore forwarded me an email invitation to the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. It was hosted by Gambero Rosso, the global authority on Italian wine. I was pretty excited when I got a return email that said I was accepted to the tasting. I even went out and bought a new outfit from Men's Warehouse. I had to go with the bow t...

We are three weeks away from the start of a more than 120-year tradition - the Tontitown Grape Festival. Preparation started Monday (July 15) for the unforgettable spaghetti dinners. Every year families come together to start preparing for the annual Grape Festival. They start by making pasta. People like Marjie Ceola have been doing this for more...

Not so long ago, as in well less than a century ago, grape growers in the Piemonte in northwest Italy were mostly subsistence farmers, scratching out a living selling their fruit in bulk to cooperatives. Then, World War II made a mess of the region’s economy — its industrial center, Turin, was badly bombed — and the world’s wine consumption, outsid...

The United States remains a growing and promising market for Italian food and beverage, whose exports continued to grow in the first quarter of 2019, confirming the positive trend seen in recent years. From 2009 to 2019, Italy’s F&B exports to the US market have doubled, according to estimates provided by the Italian Trade Agency (ICE), the governm...

Local amateur vintners will compete in a wine-making contest at the Italian-American festival later this month. While he’s not entering his wine, contest organizer Luigi Barbato is among those who buy or grow grapes and make wine at home. Northeast Produce in Plainville sponsors the contest and has presses that can mash grapes for those without equ...