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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Interview with Anna Chiara and Paola Mustilli of Azienda Agricola Mustilli in Campania

Anna Chiara and Paola Mustilli are the daughters of Leonardo Mustilli, the founding architect of the Mustilli Winery in Campania, Italy. The estate is located in the quaint hill town of Sant’ Agata de’ Goti and under the leadership of the talented sister tandem, the winery is renowned for hand-crafted wines produced exclusively from select […]

Get To Know Your Grapes: Malbec

Malbec is a black grape variety native to France, where it is planted throughout the major winegrowing regions. In Bordeaux, vignerons use the grape as a blending agent, usually in small amounts, to add color and body to Bordeaux wines. In this part of the country, Malbec is sometimes referred to as Pressac.


Interview with Tony Apostolakos, U.S. Director - Masi Agricola

The well-spoken Tony Apostolakos not only advocates the wines he represents, but he condones the spirit and philosophy of taming the vine. His employer, Masi Agricola, is a sixth-generation, family-owned winery that is renowned for its exceptional Veronese wines, most notably the Amarone della Valpolicella bottlings. Amarone is a unique style of wine obtained from […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) - Sierra Cantabria Rioja Crianza 2005

Rioja is one of the more recognizable regions for Spanish wine production. Similar to France and Italy, Spain has been growing vines for nearly 2,500 years; however, contrary to the aforementioned countries, Spain is rarely credited for the extreme quality of its wines. There are some Spanish wines that fetch upwards to $100, but for […]

Interview with Marco Caprai of Arnaldo Caprai Winery

Marco Caprai is the current winemaker of the Arnaldo Caprai estate located in Umbria in central Italy. Marco’s father, Arnaldo, founded the winery in 1971, fulfilling a life-long dream of one day producing his own wine. Marco began managing the winery in 1988, and shortly after, rave reviews for his wines began pouring in from […]