Falanghina: Exploring Italy’s Diversity

To help sort through the hundreds of Italian varietals, I thought it would be interesting to take on some of Italy’s most important grapes, one at a time. I will do my best to summarize each grape’s history, where it is grown, and the types of wines that will come from it. Let’s start with

Winemaking Techniques and How They Affect Your Wine • Sipping from Square One

The incredibly complex process of winemaking has so many intricate pieces, all of which can have an effect on the resulting wine.  Viticulture plays a gigantic role, and decisions regarding trimming of leaves, how many bunches of grapes per vine, and the length of time the grapes spend on a vine are all crucial.  Grape

Like Bubbles? Emilia is Your Region

Bubbles are hot right now and there is no better place to try something new than Emilia, the western half of the Italian region Emilia Romagna. Having lived in Bologna, the capital of this region I discovered that each city in Emilia Romagna has their own sparkling wine. Each of which, by the way, goes

Campania in a Nutshell

In April we spent a couple weeks traveling in Italy and visiting our friends who produce the wines in the Mucci Imports portfolio and some. We continue to share our experiences with this blog. After spending a few lovely days in Piemonte - where we actually had the warmest weather on our whole trip -

What Makes a Wine Great? • Sipping from Square One

While tasting through the Mucci imports portfolio, sampling in my WSET course, and doing some tasting on my own, I have had the opportunity to try quite a few wines. Sampling through wines of Burgundy in class, great Italian wines like those of Casa di Baal and Negro Lorenzo, and some more inexpensive options out

Italy Trip Report – Un Salto in Piemonte

After a tiresome three days at Vintaly we had to skip day 4 of the show and get where we really wanted to be all along, nelle vigne, in the vineyards! We woke up in a serious haze early that Wednesday morning and drove three hours to the Agriturismo Le Belle Vite in Carpeneto, Ovada

The Vinitaly Experience

Earlier this month Kelsey and I spent 15 days in Italy, which started at Vinitaly in Verona. Vinitaly is the biggest Italian wine trade show in the world with over 4,000 vendors from every region in Italy. It’s organized chaos which is a step up from daily life in Italy which is usually just plain

Sipping from Square One • Subjects Within Wine

  As Nick’s brother who is interested in working in the new and exciting family business, I am eager to learn about all things wine. These blogs will follow along as I start the education process from scratch, and hopefully they will be relatable for those of you who are fellow newcomers to the wine

The Magic of Etna

Years ago my family rented a villa in Sicily for a wonderful summer vacation. Borgo Degli Aranci was the name of this incredible estate where those fortunate enough to stay there are immersed in orange groves and olive trees. It felt like a natural paradise. This experience was one of my first encounters with Mt.

Sipping from Square One

As Nick’s brother who is interested in working in the new and exciting family business, I am eager to learn about all things wine. My addition to the blog will follow along as I start the education process from scratch, and hopefully my experiences will be relatable for those of you who are fellow newcomers