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!
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
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
Quite honestly, when I’m in Italy, I'm usually dorking out with my notebook, writing something about every little wine I try. But sometimes I just don’t want to. Sometimes all that's important is whether I'm giving the wine a yes or no. Yes, I like it. Yes, I’d order it again. Yes, I’d pay X dollars … Continue reading Yes wines