Winemaker Rendezvous: Ivan Giovanett from Castelfeder

Today we welcome Ivan Giovanett, winemaker at Castelfeder located in Cortina, Italy in the Alpine region of Alto Adige. Castelfeder History Ivan Giovanett works in one of the world’s most beautiful spaces, Alpine Italy. The winery was founded in 1970 by Ivan’s grandfather, Alfons Giovanett, an attendee of the renowned wine school in San Michele…

Climb to the Top: Alpine Wines of Italy

Earlier this year, I interviewed Lucio Matricardi, Ph.D, of Mezzacorona Group, where he is the winemaker for Rotari Trentodoc, Mezzacorona and Stemmari. Rotari Trentodoc is located in the Dolomites, in Northeastern Italy, part of the southern limestone Alps. It was this conversation with Matricardi that churned up my enthusiasm for winemaking and grape-growing in the…

Alpine Wines of Italy

Several years ago my husband and I drove through the Alps of France and Italy, leaving me with a sense of admiration for the natural abundance as well as the man-made influences of the mountains. We drove through the Fréjus Road Tunnel which connects Modane, France to Bardonecchia, Italy under massive Col du Fréjus. 80%…

Fresh Wines from Lazio and Umbria: Falesco

When I wrote in my notes… Create curiosity and knowledge. …I knew I’d come to admire Dominga Cotarella. Dominga (I’ll use first names throughout, to avoid confusion) is a second-generation owner in the Cotarella family winemaking business, Falesco, originated in 1979 by her father Riccardo Cotarella and her uncle Renzo Cotarella. Dominga and her cousins Marta…

5 Italian Easter Dishes and Wine Pairings

A robin made a nest in the wreath on our front door. She’s been out there, fluttering from the edge of the roof, to the twigs in the planter, to the shrub…constantly moving about. My husband called it: she’s going to lay eggs.  New Life and A New Season Now there is one delicate blue…

The Test in Life is Unity: G. D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo

“We produce Barolo and wines of our land, the Langhe. We believe in beauty, in work well done, attention to detail, creativity which respects the tradition.” “We are the most modernist of the traditionalists and most traditional of the modernists.” “Layers flipping one on top of the other. This is the story of [the land]…

The Terraced Vineyards of Liguria

The first time we visited Liguria was on a drive along the French Riviera from Provence. This particular route is one of life’s travel pleasures. One the one hand, there are the stunning beaches, white and sometimes rocky skirts for the glittering Mediterranean sea. On the other hand are the cliffs and towering outcroppings, often…

Harvest in Italy

This article captures a moment in time, fall grape harvest 2016, through the comments from Italian grape-growers and wine-makers. Italy has produced wine since antiquity. Each year the vineyard follows a similar, steady pattern of planting, pruning, harvesting. Fall brings the harvest of grapes and with it new promise for the just-in vintage. I’ve asked a…

Fall In Italy

This article drops the reader into Italy during the cooling and beautiful months of fall. Food, wine, harvest, travel, culture, methods, tradition… the #ItalianFWT group decorates their blogs with this fascinating setting: Fall in Italy. In a sweeping set of lifetime memories, some stand out clearly: harvest-scent. the touch of a turtle-neck. home-warm. early-night. smoke from…

A Beginner’s Guide to Volcanic Wines

This article introduces Italian wine from grapes grown in volcanic soil. Volcanic Activity It’s one of society’s most fascinating and upsetting stories: Pompeii. …and the walls kept tumbling down, in the city that we love…grey clouds fall over the hills bringing darkness from above… ~Bastille, Pompeii From HISTORY: “Ever since the ancient Greeks settled in the area in…

Rosé or Rosato? Is there a difference?

In this story we discover that flavor is more than color-deep by learning about pink wines from Italy: Rosato. This will not be a post about Provençal rosé. It won’t. I promise. This is a post about Italian Rosato wine. It’s pink too. Seriously, it is. Let me finish. It’s pink and it’s Rosato and it’s from…

What Your Madre Never Told You About Orange Wines

#ItalianFWT group uncovers skin-fermented, or orange, wines from Italy. When I was a kid, what they’d call a tween now-a-days, I overheard some older kids talking about the finer points of teenage dating. It was in the cafeteria, from the end of a long line of students waiting on lunch. Most of what was being…

Life is Good in Liguria

I’ve been waiting for someone to ask me to write about this. I’ve squeezed it into other posts, hinted about how I was seduced by the Italian Riviera. I’m glad someone finally asked me, point-blank, to tell this story. It’s a story that begins, actually, in the South of France….on a sunny morning in late spring….

Will Travel for Wine

L’occasion Passport: what it means to me to move around the world to taste wine and meet winemakers. Contagious: The Travel Bug One of my early wine tasting trips was to a little town in Northwestern Illinois called Galena. Galena is one of those delightful spots, with a historical downtown, a river view, lots of charm. Ulysses S….

Monaco: Passport to Pleasure

Before a trip, people often ask, ” Are you traveling for business or pleasure?”. If your business is pleasure, you go to Monaco. My recent trip to Monaco was a Monte Carlo stop on a short road trip from the Alpilles region in Provence for a weekend in the Italian Riviera (also, highly pleasurable). The…