Traveling to Puglia via South Florida: My Adopted Italian Grandparents

For our first adventure of 2018, the Italian Food Wine & Travel group (#ItalianFWT) heads to Puglia, the high heel of Italy’s boot. Well known in the United States for its wines made from the Primitivo (aka Zinfandel) grape, it’s also home to indigenous varieties like Nero di Troia and Bombino Bianco, which are less familiar. There’s a lot to explore in this region which, … Continue reading Traveling to Puglia via South Florida: My Adopted Italian Grandparents

Christmas Traditions: Feast of the Seven Fishes and Sweet Treats by the Dozen

How does your family celebrate Christmas? Is there a special meal involved, or a beloved tradition passed down from one generation to the next? This month, bloggers in the Italian Food Wine and Travel group share their holiday highlights, some old, some new, that make the season bright. As our name implies, we love to talk about food and wine, which is perfect for this … Continue reading Christmas Traditions: Feast of the Seven Fishes and Sweet Treats by the Dozen

The Wines of Donnachiara: Five Generations of Irpinian Tradition

Last month I was invited to a winemaker’s luncheon in Campania, Italy. I didn’t have to travel far, though; just to West 54th Street in mid-town Manhattan, to a chic southern Italian restaurant. As I strolled toward my destination, I marveled at the hustle-and-bustle around me, which seemed exceptional even for New York: construction cranes peeked over office buildings, hinting at the sky-high aspirations of … Continue reading The Wines of Donnachiara: Five Generations of Irpinian Tradition

Chianti and Chianti Classico: Two Wines to Pump Up a Weeknight Menu (#ItalianFWT)

Cooking a great dinner on a weeknight is easy: all you need is time to plan, time to shop, and time to prepare a delectable dish. Right? I’m laughing to myself as I type this because, yes, it does sound easy; reality, however, usually looks a little different, at least in my house. Sometimes I’ve got a fridge full of beautiful ingredients just waiting for … Continue reading Chianti and Chianti Classico: Two Wines to Pump Up a Weeknight Menu (#ItalianFWT)

Chianti: It’s So Nice, We’re Doing It Twice! (#ItalianFWT)

Last month, Jeff Burrows of FoodWineClick led the Italian Food Wine & Travel group on a tour of Chianti, proving that this much-beloved wine is at home in a wide range of scenarios. Whether you’re paying tribute to your grandmother’s Sunday ragú or grilling up a Fred Flintstone-sized bistecca alla Fiorentina, Chianti is the perfect accompaniment. For links to the articles written by our #ItalianFWT … Continue reading Chianti: It’s So Nice, We’re Doing It Twice! (#ItalianFWT)

The Winemaking Traditions of Cantina Braschi (#ItalianFWT)

For almost 70 years, Cantina Braschi has brought focus to the native grapes of Emilia-Romagna, making wine in the countryside of Cesena. Lying in the far southeast of the province along the border with the Marche, Cesena is neighbor to both Apennine foothills and Adriatic beaches. Throughout history this pocket of Emilia-Romagna has served as a trading hub, thanks to its favorable location on an … Continue reading The Winemaking Traditions of Cantina Braschi (#ItalianFWT)

Explore Emilia-Romagna with the Italian Food, Wine & Travel Group (#ItalianFWT)

Saturday, September 2, the Italian Food Wine & Travel group takes a virtual trip to Emilia-Romagna, exploring its culture and cuisine and – of course – its wine traditions. Anyone who’s interested in the topic is welcome to participate, and we love when new folks come into the fold! Learn more about it in my invitation post. The diversity of Emilia-Romagna’s terrain gives a clue to its … Continue reading Explore Emilia-Romagna with the Italian Food, Wine & Travel Group (#ItalianFWT)