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
It's my tenth Barrel Tasting Weekend and I'm standing in the Preston Winery tasting room with eight of my friends ... While Preston does not participate in the event weekend, that doesn't matter to us. We'll stop anyway; we want to know what's new. In general, the participants in this northern Sonoma springtime event limit … Continue reading Excuse me, you said Barbera d’ … what!?
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
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
If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to the last couple of months, well, this is it. Hittin’ the books again! Studying for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3. Well that ... and this … I’m generating stories for you guys. Here is a little preview. In September I travelled to the … Continue reading Fall 2014 Travel Update
I am delighted to share with you all an impressive winery in Dry Creek Valley that I discovered a couple of weeks ago. But I've got to level with you guys—I always do—I'm a couple of days in front of a big trip to Italy and pressed for time. So you are getting a condensed version of … Continue reading DaVero Winery and Dry Creek Valley Sagrantino