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

Soave Classico: 6 must-try wines

Located northeast of Verona in the foothills of Monti Lessini, the Soave DOC is one of Italy’s most important dry white wine appellations. In the 1970’s and 80’s, the wines of Soave achieved great reputation, but this success led to the extension of the production zone to lesser sites which resulted in a significant drop in quality, as most wineries focused on quantity over quality. … Continue reading Soave Classico: 6 must-try wines

Valpolicella, home of Amarone

On the foothills of the Alps, in the region of Veneto in north-central Italy, Valpolicella -whose name is a mix of Latin and Greek “Vallis-polis-cellae”, or “valley of many cellars”- extends northwest from Verona like an open hand: its five fingers create four distinct valleys, where the cool winds from the Lessini Mountains meet with the warmth of Lake Garda and provide the area an … Continue reading Valpolicella, home of Amarone