• In reply to: Michael Horne wrote a new post, Bringing Wine Home from Italy UPDATED FOR 2017 Ever wonder how to safely and legally bring home prized wines from your trip to Italy? It’s easy – if you know a few hel […] View

    Ciao Mary.

    My apologies, but I’ve checked and unfortunately that’s a wine we can’t seem to get in directly. That can happen with some producers, usually because of low inventory or they have an exclusive importer in the US.

    I’ll keep checking to see if there’s another way to get it in, and if so I’ll follow-up with you.

    Cheers.
    Michael

  • In reply to: Michael Horne wrote a new post, The Best Italian Value Wines Under 25 Bucks One of the best things about Italy is the huge number of quality wines you can find at remarkably low prices. While a good quality […] View

    Hi Tony — you have a couple of options for finding these wines.

    1. Call your local wine shop or liquor store (if they sell wine) to see if they can get it in. Usually they’ll have a list of importers they can check with. You can often find the name of the importer on the winery’s website. To find the winery, just google the name of the winery +…[Read more]

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    While a good quality California wine from Napa or Sonoma will run you $30-$50 or more, you can […]

    • Hi Tony — you have a couple of options for finding these wines.

      1. Call your local wine shop or liquor store (if they sell wine) to see if they can get it in. Usually they’ll have a list of importers they can check with. You can often find the name of the importer on the winery’s website. To find the winery, just google the name of the winery + Italy and it should come up in the list.

      2. The faster, easier way is to check online on Wine Searcher and have the wine shipped directly to you from an online wine shop. It’s pretty simple, just search for the wine and select one of the retailers. If they come up in the list, the retailer is required to have it available for purchase.

      I’ll be stocking a number of these Top 30 this year, and I’m coordinating a shipment now. If you’d like me to keep you in the loop on new Value Wines coming in, you can sign-up here.

      Cheers
      Michael

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    Venezia may have become overrun by tourists, but I love making a regular trek to the watery city. What better time than at the annual celebration of Carnevale?

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  • Ciao Mary — it looks like I can get this wine for you, and I have an upcoming order planned for March.

    I’ll send you an email to get a bit more info, like how many bottles you might want. Given that this is so hard to find & get into the USA, it’s worth stocking up to make it worthwhile.

    Chat soon!
    Cheers
    Michael

  • In reply to: Michael Horne wrote a new post, The Surprising Journey from Italian Winemaker to your Wine Glass This is the first of my 3-part series on the remarkable journey that Italian wines make from the winemaker’s c […] View

    Thanks Vinnie — it’s an interesting topic, sure to trigger some talk on FB with folks in the wine trade. The 3-Tier system is here to stay, no doubt, with an entrenched group of importers and distributors whose future is intertwined well with the state alcohol control boards. As I say, they do some good things for the industry, but there is a…

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    • Excellent & informative!

      • Thanks Vinnie — it’s an interesting topic, sure to trigger some talk on FB with folks in the wine trade. The 3-Tier system is here to stay, no doubt, with an entrenched group of importers and distributors whose future is intertwined well with the state alcohol control boards. As I say, they do some good things for the industry, but there is a steep price that wine drinkers have to pay for the “value add.”

        Some states are moving away for 3-Tier laws and enabling tighter connections between the winemakers and the winelovers, either with direct-to-consumer sales from wineries here in the states, or direct via the Importer who helps get good wine into the hands of the wine drinkers. There are some great Importers doing good things, one of my favorites (besides Dall’Uva;-) is K&L Wines in the SF bay area. They sell wines they source from distributors and importers AND sell wines they direct import from Italy. Good stuff.

        Cheers.
        Michael

  • This might surprise you.

    By answering just a few questions about foods you like, how you take your coffee, and whether you like opera, it's possible to predict which Italian wine you […]

  • In reply to: Michael Horne wrote a new post, [QUIZ] What Kind of Italian Wine are You? Are you a Chianti, or more like a Barolo? Maybe you're bubbly and a party animal, like a Prosecco. Or perhaps you're sweet, […] View

    Cool!

    What wine producers were you able to visit?

    Cheers
    ~Michael

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    “Aren’t New Years resolutions about making more healthy choices?”

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  • In reply to: Michael Horne wrote a new post, [QUIZ] What Kind of Italian Wine are You? Are you a Chianti, or more like a Barolo? Maybe you're bubbly and a party animal, like a Prosecco. Or perhaps you're sweet, […] View

    Thanks for the kind words, arsalinas — glad you’re enjoying the Blog. Best wishes to you, too for the New Year.

    Cheers!
    Michael

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  • In reply to: Michael Horne wrote a new post, Bringing Wine Home from Italy UPDATED FOR 2017 Ever wonder how to safely and legally bring home prized wines from your trip to Italy? It’s easy – if you know a few hel […] View

    Ciao Tom — you’ve done well if you’ve had no bottles broken, though usually it’s possible to wrap a few bottles well with clothes (jeans, heavy clothing) that keeps them insulated well enough from each other and the sides of the suitcase.

    Cheers!

    Michael

  • Here they come.
    If you’re like me, you have a throng of friends or family coming over for the holidays. You’ve probably already picked out what you’re serving for your Big Meal. 
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  • In reply to: Michael Horne wrote a new post, Eating Like a Local in Italy: Osterie d’Italia One of the best ways to experience Italy & her culture is by sitting down for a meal in an authentic […] View

    Hey David, thanks for the pointer to the iPhone app.  Looks like the Android version for 2016 can be found here.  I find that Slow Food is a little slow getting the app out, and it trails the book by ~3 or 4 months.  I’m not sure when the 2017 version will be out.

    I agree that the app can be a great way to carry the recommendations on the ro…

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    • Hey David, thanks for the pointer to the iPhone app.  Looks like the Android version for 2016 can be found here.  I find that Slow Food is a little slow getting the app out, and it trails the book by ~3 or 4 months.  I’m not sure when the 2017 version will be out.

      I agree that the app can be a great way to carry the recommendations on the road. I find that most Americans don’t have data plans for their phones when they travel, so it becomes a little more challenging to use the mapping feature (you will need WiFi), but most of the good stuff is there and still very handy. Since not all travelers are as “app savvy” with their Smartphones, I recommend the printed book for first time travelers.

      Cheers.
      Michael

  • In reply to: Michael Horne wrote a new post, Bringing Wine Home from Italy UPDATED FOR 2017 Ever wonder how to safely and legally bring home prized wines from your trip to Italy? It’s easy – if you know a few hel […] View

    Ciao Katie — I just heard back from Emirates, and they confirmed that you can check wine as luggage. You still need to ensure that Customs limitations have been met (no surprise), and if there's any damage done to the wine or other items, they are not responsible. 

    Here's the email that they sent me this…

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