by Paul Franson   For the founder of a wine import company, Brian Larky's love for adventure travel is a great perk. He worked as a river guide to pay for college, and he's ventured down many of North America's, Europe's and Asia's major rivers.   Other water trips include a three-month stint as head whitewater guide on the Afric...

Wine enthusiasts no longer have to go to Italy to get a taste of real Italian wine. Visitors to the Bradenton area can simply stop by the Rosa Fiorelli Vineyard for wine made with Florida grapes and Italian expertise. The vineyard's Italian owners Rosa and Antonio Fiorelli settled in Florida almost 30 years ago and stayed for the warm weather and c...

Following its English-language debut in 2011, Slow Wine, the guide to Italian wineries approved as good, clean and fair by Slow Food, is premiering a new and updated 2014 edition.   The guide and a selection of its wineries will be the focus of events for trade and consumers during a tour of three US cities: San Francisco on January 27, Chic...

Inspired to build an authentic Medieval castle to honor his Italian heritage and showcase his exceptional wines, Dario Sattui studied architecture for 30 years before he created Castello di Amorosa. The 121,000-square-foot fortress took 14 years to build, stone by stone in Calistoga, California.   The Castello has 107 rooms, 95 of which are...

By Ellen Bhang A special bottle can change your life. Just ask Matt Mollo, co-owner of the North End wine shop The Wine Bottega. That head-turning pour for Mollo was a fizzy red lambrusco, which he had in Italy in 2010. He and his wife, Adriana, were at a salumeria in Mantova, Lombardy, across the Po River from Emilia-Romagna, the region most asso...

Italian wine is one of the most difficult regions to get to know. Why? Well for one, the Italians use an esoteric wine labeling system, like the French. But that's not even the biggest problem. The hardest part is learning all the different grape varieties.   At the moment, there are about 350 official Italian wine varieties. There have been...

Prominent NYC restaurateur Gianfranco Sorrentino and TV personality / restaurateur, Vic Rallo Jr. will take part in a trade seminar entitled, Tips on Marketing Your Wines to Restaurants at the Vinitaly 2014 US tour event in New York City on February 3rd.   Vic and Gianfranco will be joined by Giuseppe Rosati, sommelier at Lidia Bastianich's...

di Riccardo Chioni   Ha chiuso ieri i battenti al Javits Convention Center la tre giorni di New York Vino Expo realizzata in collaborazione con l'Italian Trade Commission, che ha visto la partecipazione di 41 aziende italiane provenienti dalle maggiori aree di produzione e il considerevole numero di otto mila visitatori che hanno pagato 85 d...

Tony Ciccone, co-owner ofCiccone Vineyard and Winery, talks with Greening of the Great Lakes host,Kirk Heinze, about the challenges faced by the wine industry and its impact on Michigan's economy.   Michigan apple growers may have benefited from the low temperatures during the winter of 2014, but grape growers and wine producers did not. The...

There will be no weapons beyond corkscrews, so I can promise you a very pleasant Italian Invasion this month as local wine importer, Nadia Galati, organizes a multi-city wine tasting event partnered with ABC Fine Wines and Spirits.   For the 10th anniversary, there are more Italian winemakers than ever before from the tip of the boot in Cala...