A Week-Night Dinner in Sicily (#ItalianFWT)

This Saturday the Italian Food Wine Travel group is off to Sicily for an exploration of the island’s food, wine, history, and culture.  Why don’t you join us?  We gather (virtually) at 11 am eastern time, following the #ItalianFWT on Twitter.  On the first Saturday of each month the group focuses on a particular region of Italy, sharing travel tips as well as food and … Continue reading A Week-Night Dinner in Sicily (#ItalianFWT)

New Wines for a New Year: Wine Pairing Weekend Welcomes 2017 (#winePW)

I’m really excited about this episode of Wine Pairing Weekend:  all of us will be writing about wines we haven’t tried before.  That might mean trying a grape variety we’ve just learned about, or sampling a wine from an emerging region.  Gosh, it could be both!  Take a look at what has inspired our group of food and wine writers this month: Wine Predator wrote about … Continue reading New Wines for a New Year: Wine Pairing Weekend Welcomes 2017 (#winePW)

Grateful for Local Vintners and Seasonal Foods (#WinePW)

Each month a group of food and wine writers participate in the Wine Pairing Weekend, an on-line forum in which each of us creates a special food/wine menu around a particular theme.  For November, we’re talking about The Feast Nearby:  Grateful for Local Vintners and Seasonal Foods.  If you’d like to join the conversation, follow the #WinePW on Twitter this Saturday, November 12th at 11:00 … Continue reading Grateful for Local Vintners and Seasonal Foods (#WinePW)

Three Cheers for Cirò DOC

Italy’s 20 regions boast many beautiful wines and a host of delicious foods to accompany them.  And, even if we’ve never set foot on Italian soil, most of us have become familiar with popular tourist destinations like Florence, Rome, Venice, and Milan.  The more adventurous among us may have traveled to central Italy’s Adriatic coast, or perhaps to Piedmont in the far northwest.  Maybe even … Continue reading Three Cheers for Cirò DOC

It’s International Grenache Day!

    “Grenache is for me, the wild, wild woman of wine, the sex on wheels and devil take the hindmost, the don’t say I didn’t warn you.”  –  Oz Clarke   I rather like Oz’s description of Grenache, the wine grape of many personalities.  Having spent a bit of time in Spain, I myself have fallen prey to her charms:  sometimes in the magenta-hued … Continue reading It’s International Grenache Day!

Undiscovered Italy, Part Two: The Secrets of Umbria (#WineStudio)

Last week I took you on a virtual tour of Le Marche, the wine region that lies on the central Adriatic coast, due east of Tuscany.  It was part of an educational excursion put together by Protocol Wine Studio and its fearless leader, Tina Morey.  The other half of our August sojourn took us to the geographic heart of Italy – Umbria.  Nestled among some of … Continue reading Undiscovered Italy, Part Two: The Secrets of Umbria (#WineStudio)

A Stroll through Le Marche: Italy’s Undiscovered Wine Country

Each month Tina Morey from Protocol Wine Studio leads a group of wine writers on a virtual tasting tour of a fascinating wine region.   From one month to the next, she and a rotating cast of importers, winemakers, educators, and wine travel specialists explain what makes a given region special: grape varieties, winemaking styles, local culture and history.  It’s a great way to engage with other … Continue reading A Stroll through Le Marche: Italy’s Undiscovered Wine Country