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 […]