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Cascina Bongiovanni Brings a Barolo and a Dolcetto to Washington DC Tasting

Empson USA brought wines from several Italian wine regions to Washington DC for a tasting during early March. The event was titled Barolo, Brunello and Barbaresco 2020. Empson USA distributes wines from wineries in Italy to the United States. One of the producers present offered three wines for tasting including two Barolos and a Dolcetto. […]

Ca’ Rome’ Wine Tasting Included Barbaresco and Barolo Side-by-side

Barbaresco and Barolo are two wines from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. Both wines are crafted with Nebbiolo grapes. Barbaresco wines are crafted with Nebbiolo grapes from the towns of Barbaresco, Treiso, and Neive.  Barbaresco must age for 24 months with 12 months in oak. Barbaresco Reserva has four years of aging. The minimum […]

Empson USA Introduces Italian Wines to the American Market

Empson USA is a family owned business that searches Italy for wines that will entice the American palate. Neil and Maria Empson began the company in 1971 after visiting many Italian producers. Today, their daughter Tara continues to lead the company looking for excellent Italian wines that we may enjoy. Last week we met Tara […]

Two Champagne Houses at the APVSA Tasting in Washington DC

Last month I tasted wines from two champagne houses at the APVSA – Association pour la Promotion des Vins et Spiritueux en Amérique du Nord (the Association for the Promotion of Wine and Spirits in North America) wine tasting event in Washington DC.  Champagne Vrain?Augé had one champagne for tasting, their “Tradition.” This champagne was […]

Champagne Patrick Boivin

During January 2020, we attended the APVSA – Association pour la Promotion des Vins et Spiritueux en Amérique du Nord (the Association for the Promotion of Wine and Spirits in North America) wine tasting event in Washington DC. As usual, I gravitated to the champagne houses. Champagne Patrick Boivin is a champagne house in the […]

Two Kuhlman Cellars Reds

Kuhlman Cellars is located east of Fredericksburg, Texas along Rt 290, a wine route dotted with many wineries/tasting rooms in the Texas Hill Country. We received two samples of their red wines. Grapes sourced for each of the wines came from the Texas High Plains AVA.  We learned that the winery was a passion for […]

Champagne Jacques Copin

I tend to visit champagne producers at this event. My first stop was Champagne Jacques Copin where I met Mathieu Copin who previously answered several questions via email.

Trentodoc Sparkling Wines Are Impressive

These were the first sparkling wines from the Trentodoc region of Northeastern Italy. They were impressive.

Frappato from Valle dell’Acate Winery in Sicily: a Versatile Summer Red Wine

We have had Sicilian wines before made with the red Nero d’Avola grape and the white Grillo grape; this was our first taste of a wine made with Frappato.

Vinos de Madrid Open Tasting in Washington DC

One of the purposes of the tastings and seminar was to introduce wine enthusiasts, distributors, importers and writers to Vinos de Madrid, an often undiscovered wine region in Spain.


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