A Sparkling Good Time- The Best Wines from my recent trip (Part One)

Camilla Lunelli, Ferrari (Photo ©Tom Hyland) My most recent trip to Italy was a wild ride – six regions in 18 days, most of it during the beginning of harvest in several wine zones. From Campania in the south to Marche and then Umbria in the middle and then Piemonte, Alto Adige, Trentino and Veneto in … Continue reading A Sparkling Good Time- The Best Wines from my recent trip (Part One)

Bellavista – Top 100

Mattia Vezzola, enologist, Bellavista (Photo by Tom Hyland) For every wine district in Italy, there are one or two estates that are looked upon as ambassadors for their particular territory. When it comes to Franciacorta in Lombardia, home to the country’s finest sparkling wines, Bellavista is regarded as a benchmark producer. What’s remarkable about this estate … Continue reading Bellavista – Top 100


Vineyards of Le Marchesine, Passirano, Franciacorta You may not realize it, but sparkling wine is produced throughout Italy, from many different varieties. From Campania to Piemonte, from varieties such as Falanghina and Aspirinio to even Nebbiolo, there is a wide variety of bubblies that can be found in various locales in the country. But for … Continue reading Franciacorta

Odds and Ends – My Favorites from VinItaly

A stunning Franciacorta, some gorgeous 2009 whites and that Vermentino Nero: Robert Princic, Proprietor, Gradis’ciutta, Friuli (Photo ©Tom Hyland) Back from another VinItaly and bursting with dozens of beautiful wines I’d like to talk about – and I didn’t even get to taste any wines from Abruzzo, Alto Adige or Sicily. Here are thoughts on … Continue reading Odds and Ends – My Favorites from VinItaly