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Pacific Coast Chardonnay Tasting, a Prelude to Chardonnay Day on May 21st

This year international Chardonnay Day is scheduled for May 21, 2020. We were invited to attend a virtual tasting of six Pacific Coast Chardonnays by six wineries. This Zoom tasting event was organized by Colangelo & Partners PR. The event was sponsored by Jackson Family Wines. We received a shipment of six Chardonnays, two from […]

Distilleries Helping During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Painted Stave Distilling

Over the years, Wine Trail Traveler has visited and written about distilleries in addition to wineries. We also had the experience of distilling some wine and infusing the brandy. A few weeks ago, Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan gave a shout out to local distilleries that are stepping up by making hand sanitizer. We reached out […]

Save Your Wine with the Savino Connoisseur Wine Saving Carafe

Sometimes wine drinkers experience a partially filled bottle of wine after opening it. On occasions we have had an opened bottle of wine sitting on our kitchen counter for over a week. More often white than red, since many of the unused red wines end up in our wine vinegar crock. Although this is unusual, […]

Poderi Luigi Einaudi Washington DC Tasting

Four generations of the Einaudi family have crafted wines. I had an opportunity to taste three Barolos from their portfolio at the Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresco tasting in Washington DC last month. The tasting was organized by Empson USA. Poderi Luigi Einaudi was established by Luigi Einaudi in 1897 in the Dogliani in the province of […]

Azienda Agricola Conterno Fantino Is My Best in Show at Washington DC Tasting

In early March Kathy and I attended a tasting in Washington DC by Empson USA. Empson USA is a distributor for their portfolio of Italian wine in the United States. I tasted several Borolos from several producers. My favorite producer was Azienda Agricola Conterno Fantino. This winery was founded in 1982 by Claudio Conterno and […]

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 […]


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