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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Wines of Brazil with Evan Goldstein, MS

Wine may not be the first thing that jumps to mind when discussing Brazilian agriculture, but the coveted drink has been making some serious headway in the international wine market. At a recent trade tasting in New York featuring the latest and the greatest from the emerging powerhouse, I had a chance to chat with […]

Interview with Winebow founder and chairman, Leonardo LoCascio

The wine business is a fickle and unreliable industry. At any time there are certain wines that seem indestructible as they forgethrough new markets and penetrate elite restaurant wine lists. The next minute they’re the old has-beens of the bunch, barely able to find some shelf space in a back-alley liquor store. It’s a common […]

Interview with Valter Scarbolo of Azienda Agr. Scarbolo, Friuli, Italy

There are many unique growing areas in the world, and the tiny slice of heaven known as Friuli is no

Friuli Venezia Giulia, the culture-rich mecca of eastern Italy

less exceptional than any other. Located in the east of Italy, bordering Slovenia and Austria, the region of Friuli is known for such culinary delights […]

A Taste of Sicily: Two Brothers, One Island, and Some Torn-up Roads

Some parts of the world remain untouched by the accelerating hand of technology. When discovered by the infrequent traveler, these places offer hints of what the world once was: quiet, serene, and somewhat untamed. Thus was the scene in Sambuca di

Klaus and a bottle of 'Il Gran Bastardo' after a typical Sicilian lunch […]

A Vertical Tasting of Tenuta dell' Ornellaia with winemaker Axel Heinz

The term, “super-tuscan”, has taken on many meanings. At its core, a super-tuscan is simply any wine from Tuscany. Most super-tuscans are produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other grapes commonly grown in Bordeaux, France, however there are no rules governing the term, “super-tuscan”. Some of my favorite super-tuscans are actually produced entirely from Sangiovese, […]