Wine is global – The Winetrotters at a SommelierChallenge

Today at the yearly Sommelier Challenge of Fisar Firenze our team, The Winetrotters, won and took home the ‘gold medal‘ so to say. So, sorry if the first part of this post will talk a lot about ‘our team’ and our victory in this wine competition which is mostly for fun and an excuse to … Read more

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The Essence of Nobile di Montepulciano

As you might have noticed, Tuscany is a land of history going back to the Etruscan era and beyond. Winemaking can be traced back as far in history too. Often I have been talking about Chianti and Chianti Classico in my articles, but this time I will focus on Rosso di Montepulciano and Nobile di … Read more

Sun, seafood and wine in Cilento

Don’t we all want to finally get away on a bit of holiday at this time of the year? That’s what me and my friend Susie did, we headed off on a mini-break to the beach last week. We went to the south of Italy, more precisely Santa Maria di Castellabate south of the Amalfi coast. … Read more

Wine for Christmas at Wines Of Italy

Wine, swing, antiques…and all that jazz

A couple of weeks ago, Vieri, a friend of mine asked me to come along to an informal inauguration of a wine bar of friends of his. Being passionate about wine, as you all probably know by now, I went along, of course, and brought some other friends, too. Uva Nera, the name of the … Read more

Enjoying Syrah Cortona with friends

Aperitivo, tasting Syrah from Cortona Enjoying a bottle of Syrah 2011 by Stefano Amerighi together with friends the other night, made me think about sharing the special traits of DOC Cortona. As often at our weekly aperitivo evenings, we hang out at Le volpi e l’uva, a wine bar close to Palazzo Pitti in the … Read more

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Friday Dinner with the Amarone vs. Brunello challenge

For those of you who still have not been to Trattoria Da Burde in via Pistoiese 154, at the outskirts of Florence, you should really try it out. So if you are soon travelling to Florence, you should definitely go to one of their Friday evening dinners, which are always organized around a wine tasting … Read more

So Emotional… Fisar Best Sommelier of the Year

Coming back to the words in Whitney Houston’s hit song So Emotional from the 1980’s, they are really perfect to describe the feelings during this last weekend at the Fisar Annual Congress in Bologna. The Competition Friday afternoon saw the final in the competition to nominate the Fisar Trofeo Rastal Best Sommelier of the Year. … Read more

Can wine be produced in Scandinavia, or not?

When reality starts getting topsy-turvy, places like Malmö, in Sweden, are now having 6 weeks of 35 degrees heat waves while the Mediterranean countries have experienced the coldest summer since many years, but some positive things seem to come out of it all. Apart from the fact that Scandinavians get a chance to even more crawl … Read more

Wine tasting marathon in Franciacorta with FISAR Firenze – May 2014

Day 1 Il Mosnel We were a group of happy, even though still sleepy, sommeliers and friends of FISAR Firenze who started out early last Saturday morning (May 24) with destination Franciacorta in Lombardy. After a couple of hours on the bus we arrived excited to the first winery on our itinerary, Il Mosnel (meaning … Read more

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