A couple of weeks ago, I was hanging out in coastal Maine, visiting a a good friend who I met the first week of our freshman year at Sarah Lawrence College and has been a pen pal—with REAL letters!—ever since. (Heart eyes emoji.) On my last night, we stopped in at Maine & Loire, a curated natural wine shop in Portland which celebrates, as the owners put it, “alive and soulful” wines. This month, I really wanted to feature a red wine that would be delicious chilled, so Peter Hale, one half of the husband-and-wife team, directed me to this juicy, adult-fruit-punch kind of Sicilian wine that would be perfect on its own (as my friend and I tried it), or paired with chicken on the grill and vegetable salads. Your call!Read More
As if you needed any more reasons to visit Sonoma, the summer comes along and gives you another thousand by way of festivals, concerts, markets, dinners, races, and, of course, wine events! While checking the Sonoma County Events Calendar for your specific dates is always worthwhile, here are eight summer event series in Sonoma hosted by wineries that I absolutely love.Read More
Greetings from Savannah, Georgia, y’all! I’m here for a couple of weeks visiting dear, recently-transplanted friends from the Bay Area. At their recommendation, I made a stop at their local wine shop and was blown away by the brilliant concept behind it and the selection of wines on display. It was a no-brainer that June’s wine-of-the-month had to come from Le Chai - Galerie du Vin.
To highlight proprietor Christian Depken’s eclectic taste in wine, we opted for this unique, crisp white wine hailing from southern France that works just as well on Savannah porches on a balmy summer’s eve:Read More
Southern Italy is a joy to visit year round, but there’s something about the late spring and summer when the rich, less-populated lands of the South burst forth with an abundance of fruits and vegetables so full of flavor that little else is needed to make them into a perfect summer meal. Thanks to this, there are wonderfully simple recipes that, with a visit to your local farmer’s market, you will be able to effortlessly whip up in no time.
Having just returned to the States after an extensive period in Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily, these are the refreshing dishes my palate misses the most:Read More
Earlier this month, I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Massimo Martinelli along with his muse and life partner, Angioletta De Giorgis, at their estate—a happy mix between home, winery, vineyard, art studio, and a small boutique hotel they run called Antica Meridiana Relais Art. A dynamic duo if ever there was one! Massimo, the longtime winemaker at Renato Ratti and even president of the Barolo Consorzio for a period, retired some years ago, but has continued to make small quantities of Dolcetto on the side. In 2012…Read More