When I was in LA last month, I had the great pleasure of getting to taste and chat with Daniela Mastroberardino (above), who also kindly contributed two entries to the Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project.
See her videos for Fiano di Avellino and Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso below (I have a handful of new videos to post and will do so this week).
It was great to meet her and taste through the flight of wines that her sales reps had brought to Sotto (where I co-curate the wine list). I thought the Coda di Volpe showed beautifully.
We also talked about her brother Lucio, who passed away recently — unexpectedly and tragically at age 45.
Not only had Lucio been the president of the powerful Unione Italiana Vini (Italian Wines Union) from 2010-2012, he was also the most visible and de facto ambassador of Campanian wine at home in Italy and abroad.
She told that she has already assumed his role as the Terredora brand’s representative abroad and that we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the U.S.
I thoroughly enjoyed our time together and found her to be a delightful lady and I’m so glad that she plans to honor the legacy of her brother by continuing in his footsteps. I can’t think of a better way to honor his legacy.
Thanks for speaking Italian (grapes)! Lots more to come this week…