Understanding the Challenging Wine Market in the USA

    The following excellent article was written by Cathy Huyghe for Forbes Food and Drink. The article gives one of the best explanations of the “three tier-system of alcohol distribution in the United States. At Vinitaly, Ms Huyghe was on a panel discussing this topic along with Alfonso Cevola, and Jeremy Parzen (as moderator). I know these two men and greatly respect their opinions about wine. Ms.

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    The White Wines of Campania Part II

    There were so many great white wines from Campania at the recent Wine Media Guild tasting and lunch that I had to write about them in two blogs. This is the second Campania has some of the oldest and most unusual grape varieties in Italy, such as Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo, Ginestra, Pepella and Fenile.

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    Pizza and Hygienic Terrorism in Italy

    The following article was published by Jeremy Parzen on his Blog Do Bianchi Does Pizza Cause Cancer? Italy’s Big Pizza Kerfaffle by Do Bianchi Above: the last pizza I ate in Italy in Lecce in October 2013, a “napoletana” with salt-cured anchovies and capers. Every Italian food and wine blog that I follow posted yesterday on a controversy sparked by a Sunday evening news prog ...

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    White Wines of Campania: Part 1

    When Tom Maresca, member sponsor of the event, sent me the list of Campania wines for the Wine Media Guild tasting and lunch at Felidia Restaurant, I could not believe the variety of wines that he had managed to put together. There were 14 white wines on the list and 14 reds ranging in price from $17 to $60.

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    The Role of the Wine Critic

    DINING & WINE A Wine Critic’s Realm Isn’t a Democracy I agree with Eric Asimov on all the points he makes in this article. Readers of my blog know that I have my own opinions when it comes to the style of wines which I write about and drink. APRIL 21, 2014 CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times The Pour By ERIC ASIMOV Heady discussions about the role of the wine critic may s ...

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    GRAPPA !

    I like grappa. I often drink it after a nice meal as a way to relax and to help me to digest. I put a few drops in my espresso, for what Italians call caffè corretto. I drizzle grappa on my lemon granita and other flavored ices and even have it with chocolate. A number of years ago Michele and I wrote and article for Gourmet Magazine called “Cooking with Grappa.

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    A Guide to Drinking Wine at Home- Eric Asimov

    DINING & WINE Very interesting article by Eric Asimov on drinking wine at home Wine as the Supporting Player in an Ensemble Cast at Home SEPT. 22, 2014 Photo The Pour By ERIC ASIMOV People who love wine generally consume more of it at home than anywhere else. And regardless of the quality of their glasses or the extent of their cellars, those who most enjoy wine at home shar ...

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    IL Marroneto: Traditional Brunello at its Best

    Often when I go to a wine tasting, people will recommend that I taste this or that wine and say, “it is your style.” At a recent tasting of the wines from Montcalm imports, everyone I met seemed to be telling me to taste the wines at table #13. A friend even went so far as to bring the winemaker/owner from table 13 to me to introduce him saying, “you must taste his wine.

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    Best Italian Wine Awards 2014

    September 19, 2014 · 10:20 am Here is a list of the Best Italian Wine Awards for 2014 selected by a panel composed of Luca Gaedini. Andrea Grignaffini, Daniele Cernilli and Tim Atkin among others. There are no surprises and of the 50 about 20 would have made my top list. The Top 50 1 Dal Forno Romano – Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta 2008 – Veneto 2 Tenuta Sette Po ...

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    Now for Something Completely Different: DUBLIN

    Every time we mentioned that we were going to Dublin, our friends would respond the same way: “Why Dublin?” The answer was simple, we wanted to go someplace we had never been before and Dublin sounded perfect. The Famous Penny Bridge across the Liffey River The hotel was stayed in was the Fritzwilliam and it was right in the center of town.

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    The Wines of Tenuta Villanova

    This is the last article about my visit to Friuli as judge for the 2014 Pinot Grigio Challenge and subsequent visit to some of the winemakers. After the Challenge ended, I went to the Lis Neris Winery and tasted wines from Lis Neris and Ronco del Gelso, which I have already written about, and Tenuta Villanova.

    1 readers - By Charles Scicolone/ Charles Scicolone on Wine

    2014 Vintage in Friuli

    When I visited Lis Neris winery in early June I asked the owner Alvaro Pecorari about the 2014 vintage in Friuli. He said we would have to wait and see what the weather conditions would be during the summer before he could give me am answer. A few days ago I received the answer to my question from him in an e-mail. This is what he said about the vintage.

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    CELEBRATING MY BIRTHDAY

    We spent my birthday weekend in the Hamptons at the home of our friends, Ernie and Louise De Salvo. Louise is an excellent cook and Ernie and I have the same taste in wine. We started with lunch on Saturday with zucchini flowers stuffed with mozzarella and anchovies in a batter and deep-fried. This is one of my favorite foods and I have it whenever I am in Rome.

    2 readers - By Charles Scicolone/ Charles Scicolone on Wine

    Metodo Classico Lambrusco and Negroamaro

    This week I tasted two sparkling wines made with what the Italians call metodo classico, the Champagne method. One was a Lambrusco, a wine I am very familiar with but this was the first time I tasted one made in this way. The other was made with Negroamaro, a familiar grape variety, but not as a sparking wine and certainly not by the Metodo Classico.

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