The changing face of Prosecco

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When you think of Prosecco, most often, you probably think of the inexpensive fizz that is poured at brunch, with a bottomless mimosa, or as an everyday drink . I admit, I was no big fan of Prosecco before I experienced the journey I’m going to share with you.  Made in the bulk, or Charmat […]

Countdown to 2016: Ferrari Trento

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Next up, we celebrate Sunday, and the arrival of my dear friend from another continent, by traveling to Italy in our glass. While many people know about Proscecco, and perhaps the magic of Franciacorta, Lombardy’s sparkling wine, Ferrarri Trento has been making sparkling wines in the Italian Alps since 1902. At ony $25, the Brut, […]

Montefalco Sagrantino: Umbria’s Secret Sultry Sipper

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Landlocked Umbria has long been thought of as Tuscany’s little sister, a hidden treasure housing such jewels as Orvieto’s cathedral, and ancient Etruscan ruins.  Having spent several days here on my (only) trip to Italy several  years ago, I feel in love with the unique culture that Umbria’s landscape provides, with a distinct culture of […]

Celebrate with Franciacorta!

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During the holidays, more often than not, we celebrate with something sparkling.  For some it might be the old classic Champagne; others, California Sparkling.  But have you tried Franciacorta? Franciacorta, the DOCG region in Lombardy, Italy, is known for it’s excellent sparkling wines made in the traditionally method – meaning, the secondary fermentation occurs int […]

Pitars – a modern winery in an ancient town

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       Pitars Winery comes out of the low slung houses of the town of San Marino al Taliamento, nestled in the heart of the Friuli wine region of Italy. The Pittaro family has been making wine in Friuli since 1880, with Roman origins going back to 1510.  The passion of this family for the Fruiliano wine […]

Lis Neris – at the crossroads of culture

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After our long first night, getting to our various accomodations (mine was the lovely Terra & Vini), we were off on our first day of adventures to Lis Neris Winery.  Located in San Lorenzo, Lis Neris is in a unique terroir where the bora winds come rushing in from Slovenia through the gap in the […]

Welcome to Friuli!

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After our adventures in Istria, the Wine Premacy made our way back to Zagreb to participate and attend theInternational Wine Tourism Conference.  This 2 days of whirlwind activity included several excellent seminars and great networking events.  My partner in crime, Liza, and I spoke in depth on how to attract people to your undiscovered gem […]

The best food is the simplist food – Konoba Puli Pineta

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On our way out of Rovinj, we meandered along the country roads of Istria, in to the village of Zminj.  Here, we were going to take part in a traditional lunch at a konoba, or tavern called Puli Pineta.  When we pulled up, I wasn’t quite sure if we were at someone’s house, or a […]

Mambo Italiano

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It’s time to get super!  Super Tuscan that is.  Traditionally, wines from Tuscany are Chianti, made from the Sangiovese grape.  These days however, more and more “Super Tuscans” are turning up, making use of the newer plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals.  Adding a big, round red to a Sangiovese will give the resulting blend, […]