Perfect Pairing: Saffredi and Lamb

Since she was 20 years old, Elisabetta Geppetti, a fiery redhead with passion and youthful energy to match,  knew that she wanted to make wine at her family estate.  After a remarkable 30 year career she has created one of the most significant wine estates in Tuscany and has been instrumental in bringing the recognition so deserved to this winemaking region along the Tuscan coast....

Vernaccia di San Gimignano – An Underrated Gem

Given that each of Italy’s twenty regions are wine-producing territories, it’s inevitable that many products are overlooked. This is particularly true for white wines, especially in a famous red wine region such as Tuscany. Yet there are some distinguished whites from Toscana that certainly belong in any discussion of the country’s most distinguished vinous offerings; one need...

Spring Recipe: Tagliatelle ai gamberi e pachino con zucchine e punte d’Asparagi

Finished dish Spring is a most magnificent time of year. The milder weather and freshness of plants beginning to bloom stirs up that desire for a lighter lifestyle and a more delicate cuisine to match. Mediterranean dishes, in particular, are a very appropriate choice for this season, and one of my favorites amongst these is Tagliatelle with Shrimp and Tomatoes. Of the numerous variations of this...

Go-To-Wine Tuesday: Sandro Fay 2012 Rosso di Valtellina Tei

Birds went from squawking to chirping, wind went from blowing to breezing, the sun went from dull to radiant, and flavor is turning from sustenance to seasonal. Springtime is a back and forth of polar opposite weather, and I believe that this season requires some kind of hybrid flavor that pairs with the weather and with the cornucopia of food that will soon be on our tables, and I think I’ve found...

Snow in Montalcino

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Winter Comes to Sant’Angelo!

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“And the Road from Radda leads to Ama”

“Ama takes its name from the small borgo, or hamlet, nestled in the hills at almost 500 metres’ elevation. Five centuries past, it was the centre of local farming activities, as well as wine production carried out by a group of families of the area. “Da Radda the road led to Amma, three miles away on a hill, where the Pianigiani, Ricucci, and Montigiani families live, the most prominent...

Wine Spectator Awards Il Poggione 2010 Brunello di Montalcino 95 points

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Recipe: Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

A quick Google search or a leaf through a cookbook will turn up dozens of recipes for stuffed mushrooms. As delicious and wine friendly as they can be,  I’m always a little reluctant to make them because of the time it takes.   With that in mind,  in a similar style,  I came up with the idea for going big and “topping” portobello mushrooms.  It seems...

Three Blind Vini

As I’ve said many times,  tasting wine completely blind is a humbling experience. It almost always reveals a surprise or casts pre-conceived notions to hell.  It reduces expectations to rubble and many times, rewardingly validates your palate.   This past weekend I hosted a casual dinner where I bagged three recent releases that I served alongside sausage topped Portobello...

Go-To-Wine Tuesday: Quinto Chionetti San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2010

I knew that Dolcetto had many DOCG regions—it has seven, to be exact, and I knew that always enjoy Dolcetto as an everyday drinker, so I was excited to try the Quinto Chionetti San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2010. Dolcettos are among my favorite go-to wines at home because of their versatility. I always say that if you are invited to a dinner and do not know what is being served, bring a Dolcetto,...

Celebrate Carnival Tuscan Style!

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Il Poggione Named a Top 100 Italian Wine Producer!

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The Wines and Foods of Piemonte – My New Book

 Vineyards at Serralunga d’Alba (Photo ©Tom Hyland) My new book The Wines and Foods of Piemonte will be available soon. You can purchase the book at a special pre-release price. Details below. I am completing my latest book The Wines and Foods of Piemonte, a look at what I believe is the finest wine and food region in Italy. The book is based on my frequent trips to Piemonte and will focus...

Inside IWM, March 16-19, 2014: Spreading the Love and the Knowledge

It was all about education and wine this week on the blog. Monday was National Artichoke Hearts Day, so we kicked off the week with a round-up of expert wine suggestions to pair with this humble thistle–with a bonus recipe from Emery Long. We finished with a meditation on learning how to enjoy mature wines from John Camacho Vidal, a process he knows well. In between, Jessica really enjoyed an...

Deceptive, Delicious Dolcetto

A cluster of Dolcetto grapes, as pictured on Wikipedia Its name translates to the  “little sweet one,” but Dolcetto is a deceptive little bugger. Those who expect a sweet red wine from Dolcetto will likely be disappointed. Although its name suggests sweetness, it’s the grape–not the wine–that is sweet. In fact, a common characteristic of Dolcetto is its satisfying slight bitterness, a...

Notes on Enjoying Mature Wines

I used to prefer New World, full, oaky wines with lots of vanilla and fruit. But the more I taste, the more I have come to appreciate not only a plethora of varietals, styles, regions and producers. Above all, I have also grown to love old, mature wines. A common question that people always asked in the showroom is “How long do you think this wine will last?” The truth is that there are so many...

Go-To Wine Tuesday: Fuligni Rosso di Montalcino Ginestreto 2012

The wines of Montalcino’s Fuligni family have reached international recognition for their original expression, strong foundation, and their balanced acidity with polished tannins. While Fuligni is most famous for its Brunello, the estate also makes a cru Rosso di Montalcino, which comes from its Ginestreto vineyard, a specific slope of clay and tufa. From the outset, Fuligni designates this vineyard’s...

“The best Rosso di Montalcino I have ever enjoyed. Period”

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Expert Picks: Gilbert Picq and Domaine Leflaive

All it took was a single beautiful day in this past six weeks of below freezing misery to get me excited for spring. It is finally time for the frozen tundra to thaw and, with it, it is time to start enjoying crisp and refreshing white Burgundies again. When I think of spring, Chablis Village and Bourgogne Blanc are among the first wines that always come to mind. Mouthwatering acidity, fresh citrus...