The land of Southern Tuscany is one of quintessential hilltowns, grape vines, olive trees and big Tuscan red wines. Montepulciano is my favorite town to explore! The walled town on a high ridge thrived in the 16th century and is full of Renaissance palazzo like Piazza Grande lined with the town's unfinished Duomo. We arrived [...]
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A Tour of Italy was the theme for our Fine Wine Divas February event and Acqua al 2 in DC, my favorite Italian restaurant here and in Florence, was the perfect spot for it. Italy, which is slightly smaller than the state of California, is one HUGE vineyard, stretching from Piedmont in the north to Sicily [...]
I made some great wine discoveries from Greece and Italy at the DCÂ Fancy Food Show. The first Italian discovery was Tenuta i Fauri from the Abruzzo region. This winery is in the Chieti province in Abruzzo's center. Their thirty-five hectares of vineyards sitÂ among hills that drop to the sea. Photos on their site are gorgeous [...]
On last night's Twitter #Winechat (join each Wednesday at 9pm ET), I guest hosted with a focus on Puglia. The heel of Italy's boot is a very interesting wine region, one I discovered last summer on our week long visit. Following are the wines I opened for last night's wine chat, facts and details I [...]
Red Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Gamay Merlot Montepulciano Negroamaro Petit Verdot Pinot Noir Primitivo Sagrantino Sangiovese Syrah Zinfandel
Red Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Gamay Merlot Montepulciano Negroamaro Petit Verdot Pinot Noir Primitivo Sagrantino Sangiovese Syrah Zinfandel White Chardonnay Chenin Blanc Casal Garcia Furore Bianco Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio Sauvignon Blanc Viognier Champagne Sparkling & Prosecco Rosé Port
Gallery Rancho La Puerta, Mexico Sonoma Wine Country, California Epcot Food & Wine Festival, Florida Viareggio, Italy Lucca, Italy Our Big Fun Italian Wedding, Positano, Italy Cortona & Montepulciano, Italy Florence, Italy Pompeii & Herculaneum, Italy [...]
For the last day of our Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, we headed into northern Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, known for Cabernet Sauvignon, and Dry Creek Valley, known for Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produced from its warm days and morning fog off the Pacific Ocean. These two wine areas definitely feel different than the Russian River [...]
Puglia wine dates back to Phoenician times and the Greeks named Puglia 'Enotria', Wineland. Today Puglia is the largest producer of wine in Italy. Often referred to as 'the wine cellar of Europe' because in the past it primarily produced wine to send to the rest of Italy and Europe for structure and alcohol content [...]
Nestled in the heart of Southern Tuscany surrounded by the rolling hills of Val d'Orcia, you'll find Adler Thermae Toscana just outside the tiny medieval spa town of Bagno Bignoni. This spa town was the perfect respite along the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrim way that once led from Canterbury to Rome, for many including [...]