A First Course in Wine: From Grape to Glass. Copyright 2013; Race Point Publishers, NY. 224 pages. Forward by Mario Batali.

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The Art of the Bubbly with Cantine Ferrari

In the world of wine, the sparkling category is sometimes viewed as a strange appendage to a bulbous body. Many of us acknowledge we enjoy bubbles in wine, but very few of us understand how it’s made. Luckily, I was recently a participant in the inaugural class of Sparkling Wine Camp in northern Italy. For […]

Wine For The Student’s TV Debut – Red, White, and Blue on NBC’s “Today in New York”

The holidays are always a great reason to pull some corks, crack some beers, and celebrate the occasion. If it’s Christmas time, let the egg nog flow. If it’s Valentine’s Day, indulge in Champagne. If it’s the 4th of July, we’ll you’ve got a few different options. Click on the following link to […]

What’s in a name? The grapes behind the labels

What’s in a name? The linguistic nature of wine labels can be discouraging for the avid student. There’s little joy to exploring wines when one knows little of what’s inside or fails to have the resources to find out which grapes are responsible for the deliciousness in the glass. Names such as Bordeaux, Champagne, Rioja, […]

Le Fortune d'Italia Video

Le Fortune d’Italia…The Fortunes of Italy. A compilation of some of the better Italian wines ever crafted. Shot on location at Del Posto Restaurant during my tenure as sommelier and bar manager.