Under The Tuscan Sun My first trip to Cortona. Yes I know I was about 10 years younger and I had different glasses but I will never forget that visit to La Calonica winery and the picture taken by Esther Cattani the wife of Fernando and mother of Giovanni right as the Tuscan Sun was […]Read More Super Value, Super Tuscan
A Very NOBLE Italian Wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has nothing to do with the grape named Montepulciano usually coming from Abruzzo. Montepulicano is a municipality in Tuscany producing a wine mostly comprised of Sangiovese. Confused yet? Vino Nobile is one of Tuscany’s most renowned red wines. Though it often falls in the shadows of […]Read More A Wine Made For Nobile Kings!!
When the average consumer thinks of Italian Wine they automatically think or ask for a Chianti. Many falsely believe Chianti is a type of wine when in fact it is a region in Tuscany. The MAIN grape used in most Tuscan Wines is Sangiovese. Once you know that, there are many more options in […]Read More Sangiovese: It’s More Than Just Chianti
Yes La Gerla Again! In case you haven’t read my 500 other reviews about a La Gerla Wine… Here we go again. Fattoria La Gerla, named for the large, old-fashioned, conical baskets that grape-harvesters used to carry on their backs, was founded in 1976 by the late Sergio Rossi. They only grow Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello) […]Read More One Day You’ll Grow Up To Be Brunello
My BFF is Back.. What A Reunion! Most of you who have been following my career know that I was originally with ABC Fine Wine & Spirits but left to take on the world of being a 4 location Corporate Sommelier. During my time at ABC I was fortunate to meet many new people and […]Read More Reunited And It Feels So Good!
My First Winery Visit To Italy 2009 My first time ever in Italy and my very first winery couldn’t have been a better experience. Above is Brother and Sister Piero and Benedetta Lanza of Fattoria Poggerino in the town of Radda in Chianti. It’s a bed and breakfast too so you can go visit and […]Read More Piero Lanza, Sangiovese Superstar
I get many requests asking me what wine to bring to a friend’s dinner party, what wine to serve at a wedding, what wine to give as a gift when the only information they have is the person likes either Red or White Wine but they don’t know if they like Dry Wine, Fruity Wines, […]Read More Italian Wine Will Be Your New Best Friend
Right before my wine supervisor Paul Quaglini at my job left for his vacation he alerted me to 9 different Italian Wines from the same producer that I had to display somewhere. I yelled “Where the heck am I gonna fit all this new stuff”?? Paul Replied, “I have no clue but when I return […]Read More Get “PETRA-FIED” Discovering Maremma!!