#ItalianFWT Searches Italy for Orange Wines!

Italian Food, Wine and Travel Takes a Second Lap Around Italy Wow, our Italian Food, Wine and Travel blogging group (#ItalianFWT on Twitter) has completed our first lap around Italy. Did you know that every one of Italy’s twenty regions produces wine?  Our group has explored each region firsthand and we’re all excited to continue, … Continue reading

Can You Taste Dirt? Soils & Sancerre

Tasting the Dirt There’s lots of discussion in print and online these days about terroir, soils and location vs. winemaker and who or what is more important. Do flinty, seashell filled soils produce mineral wines? I can assure you there are no actual stones in your wine. Here’s the important question: Can a regular person … Continue reading

The Red-Headed Stepchild of Sancerre #winophiles

The End of the Road for the French Winophiles Loire Valley Tour All good things must come to an end, but what a finish!  Our virtual tour of the Loire Valley has taken us inland all the way to the towns of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. The climate here is fully continental, with no moderating influence … Continue reading

Paris Oyster

Paris Oyster Julie’s cousin, Kay, an American who married a (wonderful) French Banker has explained French Culture to us as an iceberg: 10% visible, 90% invisible, as we are learning, so true. Your first step to understanding French culture can be gained by a delicious visit to a tiny restaurant in Paris. Now, let’s visit … Continue reading

Another Face of Nebbiolo: Sforzato #ItalianFWT

Nino Negri 5Stelle Sfurzat

Sforzato di Valtellina – One More Valtellina Gem Finishing up our visit to Valtellina, we have one more Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) based wine to try: Sforzato di Valtellina.  Ours was from the Nino Negri winery. Sforzato is something a bit different. Sforzato di Valtellina is made by the passito process in which the grapes are dried … Continue reading

Trofie al Pesto with Cinque Terre DOC #ItalianFWT

Fond Memories of Cinque Terre Two years ago, we had a lovely visit to the Cinque Terre, a series of 5 towns on the Italian Riviera in Liguria. We’re fondly remembering our visit with our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group today. Join our group as we virtually explore the region, scroll down further in … Continue reading

Under the Radar in Italy: Ligurian Wine

Under the Radar Italy: Liguria When you think of Italian wine, you think of Tuscany, or Piedmont, or recently Mt. Etna in Sicily. Liguria, where’s Liguria? Occupying the coast in the northwest corner of the nation, Liguria is isolated from the rest of Italy, as it’s protected by a range of coastal mountains and looks … Continue reading