Letter from Italy: “Issues in our hospitality industry that need to be addressed as we rebuild” by Francesco Bonfio.

Today’s letter from Italy come from my good friend and one of the wine professionals I admire most, Francesco Bonfio, founder of the Italian Association of Wine Shop Professionals. He lives in the historic center of Siena. He shared the above photo of the Piazza del Campo where the city’s famous Palio is run twice […]

Italian government, major wine consortia partner with trade group AEPI for “best wine shop professional” competition. Includes “professional abroad” category.

Above: Dal Zovo, a legacy wine shop in Verona (image via the Dal Zovo website). In America, there are a number of channels and platforms where aspiring sommeliers and wine shop professionals can access educational resources. But our country lacks educational programs expressly created for and focused solely on wine shop professionals. In 2017, members […]

The world of wine mourns the loss of Giorgio Grai, renowned enologist who shaped a generation of Italian winemakers

Above: Giorgio Grai (right) with his close friend, winemaker Francesco Bonfio, in Arquà (Padua province) in 2017. Although his work was known to few American wine lovers, he shaped a generation of Italian winemakers whose labels traveled across the Atlantic. Race car driver and “father of modern winemaking in Italy,” as many called him, Giorgio […]

Barriqued Merlot and Cabernet from Italy? I love it when it’s from Colli Euganei (it’s just tough to pronounce)

Above: the Colli Euganei, the Euganean Hills, where volcanic soils deliver vibrant fruit, earthy undertones, and lithe expressions of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Scant attention is paid to the role that language plays in the ways wines are marketed by producers and perceived by consumers. A key element in the success of Brunello […]

Roman artichokes declared unkosher by Israeli Rabbinate prompt global crisis

According to a report published by the Israeli daily Haaretz on Wednesday, Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has declared that carciofi alla giudia, “Jewish-style” artichokes, are traif or unkosher. “A few months ago,” writes reporter Davide Lerner, “Israel’s Rabbinate banned imports of a ready-made version of the dish, ordering its immediate removal from shelves.” The issue, according […]

A new Italian wine online resource, Alice Feiring’s dirty little secret, and Italy’s first blind sommelier

That’s Italian wine legend Giorgio Grai (above, right) with leading Italian wine retailer and former winemaker Francesco Bonfio, co-founder of the newly launched Association of Italian Wine Shop Professionals, known as AEPI (Associazione Enotecari Professionisti Italiani). They convened last month for the group’s first seminar for its members in the Colli Euganei (they are posing […]