Viticulture - A Family Tradition at Cote di Franze in Calabria

Viticulture – A Family Tradition at Cote di Franze in Calabria

The visit to the winery Cote di Franze close to Cirò Marina in Calabria was a long time coming, as I contacted them already last year when I was in Calabria. However, last year we did not manage to arrange a visit. Then at Vinitaly this year, together with Nadia, I passed by the Calabria pavilion … Read more

Fattoria di Fibbiano - A Family Wine History

Fattoria di Fibbiano – A Family Wine History

’Twas the…end of April, and together with my friend Paola Dentifrigi, we were out touring a couple of wineries in Tuscany. We had an appointment with Fattoria di Fibbiano in the afternoon like between 3 and 6 pm. We were slightly late for the appointment but thought that was not a problem. Then Giuseppe Cantoni from … Read more

Poggio Argentiera – A Winery in Maremma

… and now, fair Italy! Thou art the garden of the world (…) From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto IV By Lord Byron So I know I always return to the poets of the Romanticism and Nationalist period in 19th century Europe, but, after all, that is the period I studied in my historical research. Have patience … Read more

Valdonica - A Winery in the Heart of Maremma

Valdonica – A Winery in the Heart of Maremma

Last Wednesday, March 30th, I was invited to a lunch in Florence with other wine writers to meet with the owner of Valdonica winery in Maremma, Martin Kerres and his oenologist Tim Manning. Furthermore, two of Martin Kerres daughters were with him at the lunch too. The lunch took place at the Residence Villa Cora which is located on … Read more

Wine Talk with Valeria Losi from Losi Winery

Wine Talk with Valeria Losi from Losi Winery

At #WinesOfItaly Blab on Tuesday, January 12th, my guest was Valeria Losi from Azienda Agricola Losi in Castelnuovo Berardenga close to Siena. Valeria told us that her role in the family winery is to act as a sort of brand ambassador. Thus, she travels a lot over the world to promote the winery. She continued … Read more

Val delle Corti, Wine Love at First Sight

Val delle Corti – A Love at First Sight

Last week Lorenzo, the president of Fisar Firenze asked me if I wanted to come along with another two fellow sommeliers to visit the winery Val delle Corti in Radda in Chianti. Of course, I said yes, even though I then realized I knew next to nothing about the winery…yet. So I asked Lorenzo, who … Read more

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