Tenuta Licinia Valdichiana

The Tuscan Dream of a Belgian Lawyer Realized by His Grandson

In Lucignano, located in the Valdichiana area in southeastern Tuscany, lies Tenuta Licinia. It is a small farm that the Belgian lawyer Jacques de Liedekerke acquired in the 1970s. His grandson James Marshall who has run the winery since 2020, says that his grandfather was “a wine lover but [in the beginning] he had no … Read more

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3 Oscars 2024 Winners Paired With Unforgettable Italian Wine

The night of the Oscars is just over and as always it’s a grand event that celebrates the past year of mainly American cinema. I only watched a small part of it such as Emma Stone’s thank you speech with her partly broken dress in the back. Those little moments that always make the Oscars … Read more

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A Day in Valpolicella with the Tedeschi Family

A day in Valpolicella with Sabrina and Riccardo Tedeschi at their winery was a great opportunity to learn more about their winemaking. Here, I will take us back to a lovely summer day when I jumped on a train with destination Verona and Valpolicella. I had gotten an invitation to come and visit the Tedeschi … Read more

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How a German Dream of Italy Leads to Tuscan Wine Success

Villa Santo Stefano is a small estate on the hills of Lucca where the German top-level automotive executive Wolfgang Reitzle and his wife Nina Ruge, journalist, TV presenter, and author, have made their dream of Italy come true. With a clear-cut and precise vision, they have turned their small corner of paradise close to Lucca … Read more

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How A Glorious Past Can Reinvent The Future in Basilicata

Buon Anno! 2022 starts out by talking about how a glorious past of viticulture can reinvent the future of Aglianico in Basilicata in the Italian Food, Wine, and Travel group. We take a closer look at Aglianico del Vulture, especially, but also Aglianico from Campania. Camilla of Culinary Cam had the great idea of watching … Read more

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How Remarkable Native Grapes Are Revitalizing Wine in Southern Italy

Puglia and Radici del Sud was one of my first destinations for wine in southern Italy earlier in the summer when things started to open up again, allowing for events to be organized. This was my fourth Radici del Sud event, and I also had a small hand in the selection of some of the … Read more

Wines Of Lazio

An Invitation to Explore the Wines of Lazio with #ItalianFWT

All roads lead to Rome, so to speak, as Alain de Lille, the French poet, and theologian wrote in 1175, but also to the wines of Lazio. Rome is, of course, more known for its magnificent history and its past as the capital of the Roman Empire and today the capital of Italy. However, all … Read more

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Monterotondo – Traditional Winemaking with Passion in Tuscany

On a Tuesday in early December 2016, Saverio Basagni from the Monterotondo winery in Gaiole in Chianti, who is into traditional winemaking, was a guest at my #WinesOfItaly #LiveStream. Livio Del Chiaro was helping out with the translation into English. Saverio was in the wine bar of Bianca and Livio while doing the live stream. The … Read more

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Talking Wine Education with Val & Steph from Wine-Two-Five at WinesOfItaly

We started out on November 22nd by proposing a toast to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of #WinesOfItaly #LiveStream and then Valerie Caruso and Stephanie Davis, who are into wine education and podcasting, presented themselves. They both have Italian ancestry; Valerie from Abruzzo and Stephanie from Sicily. Val and Steph got to know each other being in … Read more

Christmas Wine Memory

A Journey through Italian Wine and Christmas Memories

So this is Christmas…. While I was thinking about a Christmas theme to write about a couple of weeks ago, I realized it would be more fun to ask some wine writer and sommelier friends to tell their Christmas stories. As I am focused on Italian wine, I thus asked them to talk about their … Read more

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