Carnival is a festival which is noted especially in traditionally Catholic countries, because it is the period from Epiphany (January 6) to the beginning of Lent, and these celebrations have roots far back in time: they probably derive from Greek parties as the Dionysian (feasts in honor of Dionysus, the god of wine!).
Lucio Mastroberardino, one of the most prominent figures in the Italian wine world, died this week at the age of 45. His funeral is scheduled for today, January 31, in his hometown of Avellino, in the Campani...
Lugana sounds like a fairy tale. But a real nightmare now threatens: the high-speed train. According to plans made over 20 years ago, a part of the TAV route that connects Milan and Verona will pass right through the vineyards of Lugana.
Editor's Note: Italian wine columnist Lizzy Tosi takes us on a journey to ground-zero of grape production: the internationally-known vineyard nursery where next year's vines are grown and propagated. Some grapes are native to the area, and others have been brought in from other localities because they are on the cusp of popularity in new regions. Seeing what is growing in this cooperative farm today shows us what is going to be in our wineglasses five years or more in the future. –Becky Sue Epstein, Editor
There will be no more Brunello di Montalcino Soldera until 2019.
Almost all Italian wine regions have a wonderful tradition of “medicinal wine” used to restore strength to new mothers, to accelerate healing in those who are suffering from a bad flu, and to nourish old people.