Easter and Passover are upon us, even in this most uncertain of times, so adding some sweetness to our lives might just provide a much-needed lift this week. (Or anytime, really.) Chocolate is often part of the holiday mix, as are other sweets, and wine is certainly always on the
In the pantheon of sparkling wine producing areas Trentodoc may not be on your radar. However, it is likely only a matter of time before it is as much a household name as Prosecco. In the clear air of the snowy Dolomite mountains, Italian winemakers are ramping up their production
Everybody needs a buy-by-the-case wine for a hot dog and fried chicken picnic. A very pale salmon color and a sweet strawberry nose are the first impressions of this wine. A bit more tart on the palate, strawberry is joined by cherry and a touch of sour apple. The sour
Its color is gold, and its characteristics are magical. With daily consumption -- a teaspoon is enough -- it can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and even breast cancer. Nothing supernatural, though: this is simply extra virgin olive oil, which, along with wine, is one of the most
In 1494, a young German painter living in Nuremberg, just married but unhappy, took the opportunity of a black plague outbreak to leave the city, and to leave his wife - at least temporarily. His aim was to explore Italy, the country of the Renaissance, and to study the art
Although it remains most associated with France, Italy is also a major producer of rosé wine, though here we refer to it as rosato (plural: rosati). And it's made all over the country. Plenty of it is sparkling too, and of very good quality (see below for recommendations). Surprisingly, however,
Elisabetta Foradori is a darling of the biodynamic/natural wine community. Renowned for her Granato, a remarkable cuvée made from the Teroldego grape, she converted to biodynamics in 2000 and gradually changed her winemaking to a more minimalist, "natural" approach. This is apparent in the 2010 Fontanasanta, made from a vinifera
Lots of spice in this red wine experience: leafy, fruity, aromas, with blackberry with pepper predominating into the front- and mid-palate. A medium-weight wine. Same peppery, leafy blackberry elements on end-palate and even in the finish. Moderate tannins, more fruity than woody. Good with white bean and pork loin stew.