Tasting 100 of Italy’s best wines

While Vinitaly is the most important wine event on the Italian calendar, the most memorable part of the action-packed week (if talking and tasting wine can be considered action) actually takes place the day before the trade fair begins. The day before in question was Saturday and the Vinitaly pre-event was OperaWine’s Finest Italian Wines…

A liqueur Hemingway would certainly drink

My fascination with Italian spirits (the alcoholic kind) started at age 15 when I read A Farewell to Arms, where Henry and his cohorts spend an inordinate amount of time drinking grappa to gloss over the horrors of the war they are living. Hemingway also put back his share of the clear liquid while serving…

Italy’s answer to your respiratory maladies

After you’ve seen Florence, Venice and Rome then returned to Italy for the Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Milan, Lecce, Naples and Palermo there will still be much to see and do. You can walk volcanoes, search for white truffles in Piedmont and the list goes on. Somewhere on your fourth or fifth trip to Italy you’ll…