Nerello Mascalese—your summer wine!

Earlier this year, in the spring, right around the time I decided to turn a focus to southern Italian wines, my neighbor, Bruce, incidentally—and ecstatically—informed me that he and his girlfriend, Jan, were going to Sicily at the end of May! "Oh my God! That's so awesome!" I exclaimed, as I felt a surge of … Continue reading Nerello Mascalese—your summer wine!

Nero d’Avola, Negroamaro, Nerello Mascalese, etcetera … at Tre Bicchieri San Francisco 2014

Every year when I go to Tre Bicchieri San Francisco, I try to formulate a plan of attack so I don't get ... well ... trashed. If you've ever been to any of those big tasting events at Fort Mason Center or anywhere else, you know: it's not easy to focus. Especially at Tre Bicchieri, … Continue reading Nero d’Avola, Negroamaro, Nerello Mascalese, etcetera … at Tre Bicchieri San Francisco 2014

Italian Rosato

When I was a kid, I loved pink. But it didn't take long for me to realize my uncanny resemblance to Strawberry Shortcake. And in less time, I realized that image really wasn't one I was going for. I ruled pink completely out of my wardrobe by age 12, along with red, yellow, purple, and … Continue reading Italian Rosato