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.)

Vinitaly 2010: Day 1. Come Telepass: tutte le porte sono aperte per ti. (Like Telepass: all gates are open for you.)

Aaahhhh, it was so easy.  I got to ride with my friend, Roberto, to Veronafiere and! he got me in for free.   On the way in he asked “Do you like sparkling wines?”  My response, “Well my favorite is Franciacorta.  I enjoy Prosecco, a few other Italian sparklers, and of course Cava from Spain.  Just … Continue reading Vinitaly 2010: Day 1. Come Telepass: tutte le porte sono aperte per ti. (Like Telepass: all gates are open for you.)

Valtellina

Notes from my visits on December 21, 2009. It all started with an email from my very good friend and fellow oenophile, Will, early last year.  “Have you ever heard of this place, or had these wines?  The Sforzato wines of Valtellina, from dried Nebbiolo grapes grown in the shadow of the Alps, retain the brightness of … Continue reading Valtellina