Renato Vacca—the character and spirit of Piedmont

No one is going to deny these are strange times: very trying for many and certainly surreal for the rest of us. Last weekend promised a bit of gloom, and not just via the weather forecast. With these prescribed self-quarantines I wasn’t going to do much except laundry, catch up on a couple of shows … Continue reading Renato Vacca—the character and spirit of Piedmont

Karen MacNeil, a great inspiration

I managed to sneak a few treasures into my suitcase from my last trip to Piemonte. I also came home to a few unexpected ones. Two packages sat on the floor by the front door when I walked into my house after being gone for nearly three weeks—my 15th trip to Italy in 10 years. … Continue reading Karen MacNeil, a great inspiration

Dolcetto di Dogliani Superiore DOCG

My travels last fall took me to many remote corners of Italy, one of which, among my very favorites, was Dogliani. Dogliani is a Piemontese region famous for its Dolcetto. The region produces some of the world's very best Dolcetto wines. Find my article, entitled Dolcetto from Dogliani, as the latest feature at Turin Italy Guide. Next … Continue reading Dolcetto di Dogliani Superiore DOCG

A day in Monforte d’Alba

Something funny happened this year. After nine years of setting out for Piemonte da sola, I finally found someone who was doing the same. Sure I have been there with other friends and family members sporadically, at various times, and there are my German Barolo Boys who I meet every year. But until this year, … Continue reading A day in Monforte d’Alba

Napa Valley 2014. Wait. What?

We interrupt your normally scheduled programming to bring you ...  Images from Napa Valley: early December 2014 Right. This entry has nothing to do with Italy. But wait. This blog is all about—and only about—Italian wines and grape varieties. Isn't it? Yes. However, we all need a break sometimes and Napa is slowly becoming my friend. Yours truly … Continue reading Napa Valley 2014. Wait. What?

Langhe-Roero and Monferrato become a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ever since I fell in love with Piemonte in 2005, I've committed myself to the promotion and preservation of the place, land, wine, tradition, everything! In fact one of the tenets of this blog, which you'll find on my About page, is to "Teach [my readers] respect and awe for the Italian people, their culture, … Continue reading Langhe-Roero and Monferrato become a UNESCO World Heritage Site