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Marco Felluga Russiz Superiore Pinot bianco from Collio

I really could have waited to open this. But I was making my favorite Friulian appetizer and the bottle was yelling from its resting place, "me, me! open me!" So I did. Marco Felluga Russiz Superiore Pinot bianco 2013. Collio DOC. Pinot bianco 100%. A beautiful, deep, transparent, gold color. It smells of dandelions, lemongrass, beeswax, and … Continue reading Marco Felluga Russiz Superiore Pinot bianco from Collio

Nebbiolo Prima 2016: making new friends

Last May was my third go-round at Nebbiolo Prima, one of the most important Italian wine summits of the year. At this annual blind tasting and pre-marketing event, Albeisa, the Unione Produttori Vini Albesi (Union of Producers of wines from the Alba area), hosts about 100 journalists from all over the world for one week … Continue reading Nebbiolo Prima 2016: making new friends

What is a wine brand?

If you're a follower of my blog, you might know that I am currently working towards my WSET Diploma, which is like an advanced wine business degree. It is a long process of schooling: courses, tastings, exams, papers, etc. My latest research topic was wine branding and whether it is beneficial to consumers, producers, both, … Continue reading What is a wine brand?

Mani femminili: the hands of women in Piemonte

... I know. I know. It's been way too long since I have given you guys anything fun to read. My last post was before Valentine's Day, which was ages ago! But as soon as I finished that, I spent all of my free time in February studying for my WSET case study exam. Then … Continue reading Mani femminili: the hands of women in Piemonte

I heart Italian Pink Bubbly

February. It's the month to love, right? Well people love to hate Valentine's Day. Did you know the day after is officially National Singles Day? As if in revolt! I don't mind it. I don't really care actually. What's wrong with a day (or a month) to think about how much you love the special … Continue reading I heart Italian Pink Bubbly

Grojean Vigne Tzeriat Pinot noir

My ongoing quest for the month of January is to find pretty Italian red wines to pair with all of my winter "cleansing" foods. I'm sticking to a kind of "you can have your cake and eat it too" mentality. My first contender, and the wine that gave me the idea for this, was the Burlotto … Continue reading Grojean Vigne Tzeriat Pinot noir