Posts tagged "Italy"

Forty-Six Diamonds Toscana 2009

Forty-Six Diamonds Toscana 2009
Each year, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar partners with a winemaker to release a private-label wine that is available exclusively at Fleming’s locations. This year’s selection is a collaboration betweenFleming’s Director of Wine Maeve Pesquera, Il Borro Winery Proprietor Salvatore Ferragamo and winemaker Nicolo D’Afflitto. Il Borro is located in Tuscany, and the Toscana... Read more »

A Region to Try: The Wines of Veneto, Italy

A Region to Try: The Wines of Veneto, Italy
This summer, we attended a dinner Phil Stefani’s at where we tried wines from the Veneto region of Italy. This little-known region of Italy is producing some amazing wine, including the already-popular Prosecco. But–hopefully–some of the lesser known wines of the region such as Amarone della Valpolicella, Bardolino, and Soave will become popular in the... Read more »

Preview of My DaVinci Wine Story

Preview of My DaVinci Wine Story
In July, I traveled to Vinci, Italy–the hometown of Leonardo da Vinci–with three other artists as part of DaVinci Wine’s Storyteller contest. It was a trip of a lifetime, and now I’m in the process of documenting our journey and what we learned of the people and the place behind DaVinci Wine. My story is due... Read more »
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The People Behind DaVinci Wine

The People Behind DaVinci Wine
As most of our regular readers know, I recently returned from a trip to Vinci, Italy sponsored by DaVinci Wine as part of its Storyteller Experience. In just a few weeks, I need to submit my “story,” my view on the people and place behind DaVinci Wine. The complete story will not be published until October, but... Read more »

More Photos From Italy

Wild Boar Festival
I’ve returned from Italy. It was the most amazing trip–and I look forward to telling the story of DaVinci Wine in the coming months. For now, I’ll leave you with some images from my final days there. To view more, please visit my Flickr page.

The Romance of Wine

The Romance of Wine
Yesterday was a pretty incredible day here. Actually, the day before was pretty incredible too… from a wine blogger’s perspective. We received access to people and places that the average tourist or person interested in wine would never see: people like the wine makers, the growers, the agronomists; and places like the  barrel rooms and private homes... Read more »
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Day 1 in Italy

Day 1 in Italy
I’m here! Today was the first official day of the DaVinci Wine Storyteller experience here in Vinci, Italy. DaVinci Wine is sponsoring this trip for me and three other artists. Today, we checked into the Casale di Valle, a villa that  noble families used to use as a hunting lodge. We ate lunch at Adriano... Read more »

Off to Italy Tomorrow

Off to Italy Tomorrow
My flight leaves O’Hare tomorrow morning at 11. I cannot express how excited I am to travel to Vinci, Italy courtesy of DaVinci Wine, as part of its Storyteller experience. Tonight, He Sips and I opened a bottle of DaVinci Pinot Grigio, and I was pleased by its nose (full of citrus and tropical fruits);... Read more »

Find Italy in the Heart of Chicago, Thanks to Bertolli

Chef Chris Macchia discusses the meal with us at Coco Pazzo.
Recently, I was invited by Bertolli to an event that promised to show Chicago food and wine bloggers authentic Italy in Chicago. It was an amazing afternoon of Italian food, wine, and culture. And it proved that you don’t have to go to Italy to haven an authentic Italian experience! Bertolli took us to four local... Read more »
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A Summer Trip to Italy, Thanks to DaVinci Wine

The last time I traveled to Italy, I had just graduated from college. I was 22, wide-eyed, and energetic about the world and all it had to offer. I had yet to met He Sips (my husband, who co-writes this blog) and my son, Noah, who would arrive more than 10 years later. I also knew very... Read more »