Ribolla Gialla: Ribolla di Oslavia & George Vare Ribolla

A couple of spare days between visiting Alto Adige and returning to Barolo during the fall of 2013 led me to the hilly vineyards in the far eastern stretches of Friuli. It was there that I discovered the remarkable Collio DOC zone and the true potential of the Ribolla gialla grape. Dating back to the … Continue reading Ribolla Gialla: Ribolla di Oslavia & George Vare Ribolla

Pinot grigio as ‘Orange Wine’

Wine drinkers in the US like to bash Pinot grigio, saying it tastes like water, has no personality, is innocuous, or is just simply a waste of time. I'll give them "innocuous," on most accounts—but I'd prefer that to some noxiously herbal cats-piss elixir or a thick golden yellow "juice" that tastes like buttered popcorn. … Continue reading Pinot grigio as ‘Orange Wine’

Vinitaly 2010: Day 2. Getti alcune monete Euro nella macchina e speri a Dio la porta si apre. (Throw some Euro coins in the machine and hope to God the gate opens.)

On my second day at Vinitaly, I was going to be travelling solo.  When I had originally booked my plane ticket, the thought of being caught in this situation had been nothing less than horrifying.  (I’d been once before (another story entirely) and knew how intense this event was.)  But when this day arrived, I … Continue reading Vinitaly 2010: Day 2. Getti alcune monete Euro nella macchina e speri a Dio la porta si apre. (Throw some Euro coins in the machine and hope to God the gate opens.)