"2000 Years of Wine Defines Bordeaux"

To understand the wines of Bordeaux, one needs to know its history. Bordeaux wine production began after 43 AD during the Roman occupation of Gaul, an indication that the Romans knew something the Gauls did not...

"The Sweeter Side of Bordeaux, Sauternes and Barsac"

Bordeaux has another face that the wine world sees and may not readily associate with the broader wine producing region. Sauternes and Barsac, which lies within Sauternes. Like most of the Bordeaux wine region. Sauternes has a maritime climate which brings the hazards of autumn frost, hail and rain that can...

"The Black Rooster Roars, a Brief History of Chianti Classico"

The symbol of Chianti Classico is the black rooster. Why?  The legend says that in the 13th century Florence and Siena decided to use a horse race to end their land dispute over the Chianti region. The point at which two knights - one from Florence, one from Siena - met at dawn when the rooster crowed...

Val de Loire... a Valley to Love

This exceptionally lovely valley is situated along the Loire River from the Muscadet region near the city of Nantes on the Atlantic coast to the region of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé just southeast of the city of Orléans in north central France. In between are the regions of Anjou, Samur, Bourgueil, Chinon, and Vouray....

"Unexpected Umbria"  

A land of lush rolling hills, ancient  medieval villages, delectable wines and sumptuous regional cuisine. Home to iconic towns like Assisi as well as lovely hilltop villages like Spello, Bevagna, Montefalco, Panicale, Todi and Spoleto, Umbria offers an intriguing mix of history, art and culture that serves as the perfect complement to its fine food and wine. Umbria is named for its first known inhabitants...

Digital Marketing for Wine

Today’s strategy for branding wine and wine related products has evolved dramatically.

In the past, a winery could market its brand or brands by buying advertising through the traditional print, radio or TV channels. This is still a very expensive proposition.

The winery could... more

"Fattoria Felsina and Giuseppe Mazzocolin, a Tuscan Pairing"

The soul of Fèlsina was beginning to change and in mid-1970s Giuseppe Mazzocolin entered the picture of this family business. Giuseppe was challenged to develop the commercialization of the estate and, indeed, he did. A student and professor of the Humanities, Giuseppe had developed a wealth of contacts in and outside of academia. More...

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Show me some Missouri wine

This article is a powerful wake up call on how the American Wine landscape is changing. According to the author Robert Scott of Wine Line Radio, the so-called emerging wine regions are now coming of age. Who would have thought it? Is Missouri masquerading as a historic wine producing area? Let’s find out...

On the Sagrantino Road, La Strada Del Sagrantino

Cult Cabernets, Cliquish Chardonnays, Rhone Rangers, and Sinful Zins... the wine lover’s palate is always looking for something new to grab hold of and embrace. Recently, I became aware of Sagrantino while looking for an out-of-the-way vacation spot in Italy. Sagrantino is an indigenous red wine grape from Umbria. It has been used in the production of local wines for hundreds...

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