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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Get to Know Your Grapes: Cabernet Franc

From the north fork of Long Island to the shores of the Gironde in Bordeaux to the arid heights of Sicily, Cabernet Franc always

Cab Franc takin' in the summer heat in the North Fork

hides in the shadow of its cousin, Cabernet Sauvignon. There are only a handful of places where Cabernet Franc […]

Get to Know Your Grapes: Aglianico

There are over 600 indigenous grape varieties used for wine production in Italy. Some garner more praise than others while certain grapes seem to fly under the radar. Although it’s one of the most widely planted grapes in southern Italy, Aglianico is rarely given the credit it’s due for its contributions to the wine world.


Get to Know Your Grapes: Raboso

The Veneto is one of Italy’s most productive wine regions, producing nearly 185,000,000 gallons of wine per year. What

The Veneto in Northern Italy is one of the most productive wine growing regions in the country.

separates the Veneto from other mega-producing regions, such as Sicily and Puglia, is that many wines from the […]

Get To Know Your Grapes: Monastrell

Monastrell is Spain’s second most-widely planted variety after Grenache (Garnacha). The grape is more commonly referred to as Mourvèdre in parts of southern France, where it’s used prominantly in the Bandol appelation, as well as other parts of the Rhône Valley and Provence. In Spain, Monastrell produces wines with depth and color that mirror some […]