Ancient + Native: Rural Festival Emilia

Isidoro and Giovanni Lamoretti cultivate indigenous Italian grapes on their hillside farm near Parma, Italy, neighboring the Torrechiara Castle. They maintain dedication to a particular varietal, Lambrusco Maestri, known for soft creamy bubbles. Ancient documentation shows that Lambrusco grapes have been cultivated in the region since 160 BC. To call them ancient is, well, obvious –…

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…

A Sense of Provence: Domaine Dalmeran

On a recent trip to Provence I met with Ana Lopez from Domaine Dalmeran for a tasting of their red, white and rosé wines. The domaine is located in Les Baux-de-Provence AOP, a region that makes organic and in many cases, biodynamic, practices a thumbprint for the appellation. I’ve written widely about the AOP so…

Champagne and Burgundy Vineyards Granted UNESCO World Heritage Status

Hillsides of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, just south of Beaune, have been recognized by UNESCO as “an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages.” The history of wine is a compelling topic, and Bourgogne most certainly drips with it. When touring the cellars at…

On the third day of wine…

#12daysofwinefacts   We can’t just drink, drink, drink before the grapes can grow, grow, grow!  Different grapes thrive in different areas because the earth’s conditions are favorable for certain little baby grapes. Winegrowers know this. Grapes can be grown in a variety of places and the slightest of changes will alter the wine that you eventually enjoy….