More Italians self-importing to U.S. (tasting notes for Cogno 2010 Nascetta)

Ever since winemaker Valter Fissore treated me to vertical tasting of his Nascetta (stretching back to 2001), I’ve been obsessed with this wine. That was back in 2008 and I’ve collected the wine with each new vintage since then. Click here for a thread of posts devoted to this wine, including the correct pronunciation of […]

Nascetta CORRECT pronunciation by Valter Fissore

Click here for the complete series of Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project videos. When it came to the correct pronunciation of the ampelonym (and enonym) Nascetta (nahs-CHET-tah), it seemed only right to turn to the man who has done more than anyone else to revive and respark this once popular grape from Piedmont, […]

The Story Behind Nascetta (and Anascetta)

I get so many emails from folks saying how much they appreciate this post on the story behind the ampelonym Nascetta that I thought I’d repost it today. Buona lettura! ***** Romeo, doff thy name! Above: Valter Fissore of Elvio Cogno (Novello) single-handedly delivered the Nascetta grape from oblivion after he tasted a wine made […]

The story behind Nascetta (and Anascetta)

Romeo, doff thy name! Above: Valter Fissore of Elvio Cogno (Novello) single-handedly delivered the Nascetta grape from oblivion after he tasted a wine made using this once highly praised grape in 1991. The wine had been bottled in 1986. It’s regrettable that when I tasted the Nascetta grape for the first time last year, it […]

Italy’s never-ending viticultural wonders

Tracie P and I were blown away — BLOWN AWAY — by the superb flight of wines that we tasted yesterday at the Collisioni festival’s Roero event. That’s Enrico Cauda of Cascina Fornace, above, just one of the roughly 20 producers who showed their wines at Malabaila castle in the historic center of Canale (township). From the […]

Defending a diacritic in Cogno’s “Anas-Cëtta” TY @brittanieshey

A note of thanks to my friend and colleague Brittanie Shey (Houston-based music and lifestyle writer) who brought this New Yorker piece to my attention: “The Curse of the Diaeresis.” It interests me for three reasons: 1) my doctoral thesis on medieval & Renaissance prosody (meter/versification) and transcription included a chapter devoted in part to […]

Italian Grape Name & Appellation Pronunciation Project

The Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project was inspired by a desire to share the aural experience of Italian ampelography, vinography, and toponymy — in the voice of the winemakers and grapegrowers themselves. Below you’ll find YouTube videos in alphabetical order (and I’ll continue to add more as the project expands). Thanks for listening […]

This man can COOK! Dinner with Bill and Patricia

Photos by Tracie P. Just had to share some images from last night’s dinner in the home of our good friends Patricia and Bill. Tracie P and I met Bill last year at a Valpolicella tasting and we’ve been friends ever since. Dinner began last night with jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon and grilled (below). […]