Photo credit: Xavier Janssoone “Are you fluent in Italian?” I am often asked this question in conversations at wine tasting events, or in chit chat with fellow lovers of Italian wine & food. I usually explain that it really helps to speak the language when trying to build a deep relationship with Italian winemakers. When […]
Photo credit When I travel to Italy, I find myself zipping around in my rented Fiat 500 by way of the Autostrade, or Italian toll ways that crisscross the country. There’s a saying in Italy that the shortest distance between any two points is via the Autostrada, and it’s great fun blasting down the only […]
“Have you ever tried holding back a 300 pound pig from eating a 500 Euro truffle when he’s hungry? Good luck with that.” Gianni Vaira, a master Alba truffle hunter, is enlightening us on the finer points of hunting Tuber magnatum. “Dogs are much better. And mutts have the best noses. They simply want to […]
I had the good fortune of meeting Robbin Gheesling on Twitter last year while searching for fellow enthusiasts of Italian wines. Robbin, it turns out, is much more than just an enthusiast – she is making it her life’s pursuit, having spent years living in Florence while pursuing her Master’s degree in Italian Studies after […]
When it comes to wine and food, Italy has an abundance of special places, events and celebrations, and we’ll share some of our favorites with you in our “Local Scene” series. In today’s Wine Journal, Michael takes you to Venice to peruse some of the best seafood that Italy has to offer. “Pesce fresco! Pesce […]
Our Sommelier Michael Horne reviews the elegant Chianti Classico and Gratius wines of Molino di Grace
Our Sommelier Michael Horne tours the huge Vinitaly trade show highlighting the best wines that Italy has to offer.
Sommelier Michael Horne teaches you how to do the age-old “Giro d’Ombra”, or wine pub crawl through the streets and alleys of old Venice
Our vino road warrior and Sommelier Michael Horne shares his Italy foodie hints and tricks to find the best osteria, trattoria, and ristorante food in Italy
In this second of 3 parts, vino road warrior and Sommelier Michael Horne teaches you how to book and visit Italian wineries on your next trip to Italy.
Our vino road warrior and Sommelier Michael Horne shares his Italy travel planning and booking recommendations to maximize the magic of your next trip to Italy