We are the champions my friends! Cue the theme from Rocky. For a full year, I am officially the mother part of the formidable mother-daughter team who took first place at the Avon, Connecticut Prince Thomas Of Savoy Italian American Club Festival’s Grape Stomping competition. In the finals, my daughter and I produced 4 full, overflowing pitchers of...

Literary cafes have existed for a long time, but this well-preserved gem in Catania is much more than a bookstore where you can have an espresso. First and foremost, Legatoria Prampolini was established in 1894, a detail that officially makes it the oldest bookstore in all of Sicily. Since 2019, it has been managed by the sisters Angelica and Maria...

33,000 hectares of vineyard area (including 17,000 of Montepulciano); 3.4 million hectoliters of wine produced, of which more than 1 million are claimed as DOC, 80% represented by Montepulciano d'Abruzzo; 6,000 grape producers, 35 cooperative wineries and more than 250 wineries. A market that is declining in volume, but unexpectedly increasing in v...

Vinitaly International Academy, the renowned Italian wine education institute, hosted the 28th edition of its rigorous Italian Wine Ambassador certification course on 4-6 March 2024 at Banville Wine Merchants in New York, certifying 12 new Ambassadors. The Course 2024 marked the comeback of Vinitaly International Academy in the United States. A tot...

Dario Sattui’s authentically built Tuscan-style castle and winery in the Napa Valley of California was recently recognized as one of the top ten castles in the world by Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform. Sattui, a medieval history enthusiast, fell in love with European medieval architecture during several trips to Italy after college...

The picturesque Abruzzo region, nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the snow-capped Gran Sasso in Italy, is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Historically known for its Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, a wine celebrated for its affordability rather than its quality, the region is now at the forefront of an exciting wine renaissance. This shift is at...

In Italy, before dinner, people enjoy a special drink called an aperitif. It’s not just a drink; it’s a fun and tasty tradition that brings friends and family together. Aperitivo is an integral part of Italian culture, a pre-dinner drink ritual typically accompanied by light snacks intended to stimulate one’s appetite and facilitate socializing bef...

The world of winemaking never fails to surprise. After wines aged under seawater, of which we spoke in these very pages a few months ago, it’s now time to meet heroic wines.  In their name, heroic wines pay tribute to the extraordinary efforts and dedication of winegrowers who cultivate grapes under challenging conditions, far from conventional vit...

Visiting the United States for the third time, the Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Dogliani is preparing to take New York by storm, bringing together 200 wineries for the Barolo & Barbaresco World Opening (BBWO) event on March 19th and 20th, 2024. The unprecedented number of wineries participating makes this event the Consortium...

Imagine the rich aromas of Italian cuisine filling the air, the sounds of lively conversations, and the warm, vibrant atmosphere of a community coming together for a cause. This was the scene at the Napa Elks Lodge, where the Napa Sons and Daughters of Italy in America hosted their sell-out annual fundraiser, Boot to Fork: Festa Italiana a Napa. A...