Cantina Andriano Andrius Sauvignon blanc

Ever since my first jaunt to Alto Adige (called Südtirol by the Germans) three years ago, I try to cruise through each time I go back to Italy. Besides it being undeniably gorgeous, the region boasts a range of impressive wines made from about 20 different grape varieties. They do all of this within 5,300 hectares of total … Continue reading Cantina Andriano Andrius Sauvignon blanc

Marion Teroldego 2005

"Thought to be a relative of the still rarer Marzemino, a grape of Greek origin, Teroldego has been famous in the Trentino area since the fifteenth century. At present it is more or less confined to the towns of Mezzocorona and Mezzolombardo, an area known as Campo Rotaliano, which comprises the Teroldego Rotaliano DOC zone."† … Continue reading Marion Teroldego 2005

Unterortl of Alto Adige and Chiavennasca of Valtellina

I've been less active here the past couple of months but it's not because I haven't thinking about, drinking, and writing about wine. Aside from overcoming some family emergencies and crises, I've been working on some other projects. Earlier this month I finished an article about an artisan winery called Unterortl, for the Alto Adige … Continue reading Unterortl of Alto Adige and Chiavennasca of Valtellina


The other night I invited a few friends over to help me celebrate the completion of some of my recent wine projects. It's been such a busy spring that I have been forced to neglect my blog. But I'm back! And ready to cover lots of new stuff. If you have been wondering what the … Continue reading Lagrein

Alto Adige: high above San Francisco

A couple days ago I got on the glass elevator at the west end of the lobby in the Westin St. Francis Hotel in Union Square, and headed up to Victor's ballroom on the 32nd floor. If you've never done this, you have to—it's a free ride with a spectacular view of the Financial District … Continue reading Alto Adige: high above San Francisco

Recent Standouts: Hofstätter, Le Bèrne, Chiarli, Tabarrini, …

I recently had a glass of fabulous Pinot nero at Cantinetta Luca, one of my very favorite Italian restaurants within reasonably close proximity to where I live. On perusing the by-the-glass list, my eye was immediately drawn to the Pinot nero from Alto Adige but then I saw all kinds of other interesting stuff: Gaglioppo, … Continue reading Recent Standouts: Hofstätter, Le Bèrne, Chiarli, Tabarrini, …