Lesser-known Italian grapes: The North

Like most wine lovers and serious enthusiasts, you have probably enjoyed or at least heard of the classic Italian wines from well-known, quality regions: Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, Amarone, etc. Though they only represent a small percentage of production, these wines command the largest mindshare are the first that come to mind when thinking about Italian wines. However, with over five hundred native varieties and a … Continue reading Lesser-known Italian grapes: The North

On becoming a Vinitaly Italian Wine Ambassador

This past June I became an Italian Wine Ambassador. Yes! I attended and passed the rigorous exam organized by Vinitaly International Academy (VIA), which awards the certification which has become the gold standard of Italian wine education and expertise. VIA’s main goal is to build a global network of qualified professionals who will promote and advocate for Italian wines throughout the world. The program consists … Continue reading On becoming a Vinitaly Italian Wine Ambassador