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Leftover Wine: Don’t Throw it Out!

It doesn’t happen frequently, but when we do have leftover wine we turn to several possibilities of what to do with it. Late in September, Kathy and I received six bottles of wine from Umbria. We participated in an Internet broadcast about the wines. During the broadcast we tweeted and in my case, I wrote […]

Umbrian Sagrantino

Kathy and I attended an Internet presentation of Umbrian wines. We received six samples from Umbria. Umbria an a region in Italy that borders Toscana. It is not part of Toscana.  The wine samples all included the grape Sagrantino. Sagrantino is not Sangiovese. It is a completely different grape and one of my favorite grapes. […]

Sagrantino, One of my Favorite Varieties

Years ago, I discovered the varietal grape Sagrantino while visiting Firelands Winery in Sandusky, Ohio. The owner of the winery, Claudio Salvador also owns an import company. His wife and brother both own wineries in Italy. When Claudio learned that I enjoy very bold tannins, he presented a Sagrantino from the Umbria region of Italy. […]

Sagrantino: What You Need to Know About this Italian Grape

Sagrantino is likely to be indigenous to Montefalco. Some believe the grape variety was introduced to the region by Franciscan Friars perhaps by St. Francis. Today the grape is said to only be grown in Mantefalco. However, we know of a winery in North Carolina and a winery in California that are growing Sagrantino. Wine […]

Sagrantino Is not Sangiovese

In our second book, A Wine Tourist Guide Visiting Tasting Rooms, we wrote a chapter about wine misconceptions and myths. Arnoldo Caprai Winery in Montefalco, Italy sent  us two misconceptions that plagues their tasting room. Many visitors believe Montefalco is in Toscana (Tuscany) when it is really in Umbria. The region Umbria does share a border […]

Making Flatbread and Gnocchi at Margaritelli Winery in Umbria

We had a great opportunity during a visit to Margaritelli Winery. In addition to great wines, we had a lesson on making flatbread and gnocchi. It didn’t take long for me to dive into the mixing of ingredients for the flatbread. After mixing the dough, we placed the dough under glass bowls until we were […]

The Many Flavours of Italy

The Many Flavours of Italy was a wine tasting at the International Wine Tourism Conference conducted by Jane Hunt, MW. Rather than traditional wine writing notes, I decided to write haiku, a form of verse that requires one to count syllables. The first and third lines contain five syllables each while the second line contains […]

Evening Dinner Wines FAM Day 1

I recall the advice from Eric Asimov at the 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference in Virginia. Mr. Asimov suggested that wine writers change the way they write about wine. Don’t use terms such as “hints” or “nuances.” So at the time, when challenged to be creative, I decided to write haiku instead of a more traditional […]

Italian Wine Grape Varieties

We begin our journey to Italy today and land in the Eternal City tomorrow. In our case, all roads do lead to Rome. Our agenda includes the Wine Pleasures FAM trip for bloggers and media. We will explore wineries in Umbria and Campania. The itinerary also includes the International Wine Tourism Conference. I am presenting […]

On the Road with Tom Plant

We are looking forward to meeting people and renewing previous acquaintances at the Wine Pleasures FAM trip for bloggers and media taking place later this month in Italy. We first met Tom Plant at a winery media event in Temecula, California. Tom was also present at another media event at another Temecula winery as well […]

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