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UPDATED: Franciacorta tastings begin next week! FREE to all...

Above: Franciacorta as seen from Mount Orfano in the southernmost tip of the appellation. Click the image for a high-res version (spectacular). In the image, you can see Lake Iseo slight to the left of center. 208 more words

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(Big bold red) wine and the BBQ renaissance

Above: beef and pork ribs were superb at Roegels Barbecue Co., one in the new wave of independent bbq joints in Houston.

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Nicolas Joly and Angelo Gaja to face-off in "natural vs. unnatural wine" debate

Above: Piedmontese grape grower and winemaker Angeleo Gaja in New York in 2012.

Biodynamic pioneer Nicolas Joly and trailblazing winemaker Angelo Gaja are to face-off in a roundtable discussion entitled “Around the table with Natural Wine… and Unnatural Wine,” to be held on July 12 at the Italy pavilion of EXPO in Milan. 200 more words

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How do you say "fruit set" in Italian? Italian wine glossary updated

Above: Alberto Bertuzzi’s 1942 “Wine in our Lives,” a fascist-era “how to” book on wine’s application in a healthy lifestyle.

With every trip to Italy and the many posts, fact sheets, and technical descriptions I translate for my clients, I always come across Italian wine terms to add to my growing Italian wine term glossary (below). 416 more words

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Aspen Food & Wine: our celebrity-splashed weekend

What a thrill for me to be invited to participate in a panel on Italian wines at the swank Aspen Food & Wine festival this year! 486 more words

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Franciacorta tastings with me in July: NYC, SF, LA & SD (ALL FREE)

I’m now nearly six months into my campaign as an English-language blogger and U.S. trade ambassador for the Franciacorta Consortium. It’s been a fantastic and immensely rewarding experience to dive so deep into an appellation that I love so much. 222 more words

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Tropical Storm Bill update: the heavy rain and winds have already begun to hit the coast about an hour from our house. So far, where we live in southwest Houston, things are pretty calm. 121 more words

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