Nothing could prepare me for the strange experience of being on top of Mount Vesuvius at night. Of course it was not just any night, but August 10, an evening in which the sky was filled with shooting stars dedicated to Saint Lawrence, (La Notte di San Lorenzo).
Here in the region that gave birth to Italian wine, some of the varietals are said to date to the ancient Greeks.
Wine shop and ancient ruins in Naples, Italy.
May 22nd through 24th brought the 7th edition of Vitignoitalia to Napoli. Three days devoted entirely to Italian wines and varietals, it united some 300 Italian wine producers with 35 buyers and some 12,000 wine enthusiasts from around the world.
Thursday night we spent the evening in one of our favorite places in Chiaia, Antica Latteria 1950. A small trattoria tucked along one of Chiaia’s narrow cobble stoned alleys, we have been frequenting Antica Latteria since we first moved down here from Posillipo. We probably eat dinner here at least once a week and it is my […]
Fiano di Avellino, one of Campania’s most important white wines and a spectacular wine for summer enjoyment, is made from the ancient Southern Italian grape varietal we call Fiano.
Generally believed to be based on a sub-varietal of original Greco vines introduced to Italy by the Greeks, Greco di Tufo is a fine wine of Southern Italy that finds unique expression in the volcanic soils of Campania.
Many scholars credit the Greeks for having introduced Aglianico into Italy. The name “Aglianico” appears to have evolved sometime during the 15th century as a corruption of its earlier name Hellenico or Hellenica.
For its 6th annual edition, the Vitigno Italia Wine Trade Fair pulled out all the stops and put on a spectacular show. And while the wine was definitely the star, the venue made the day. Set in Naples 13th century Castel dell’Ovo on the Isle of Megaride, home to the famous legend of Partenope and Virgil’s mythical egg, the backdrop couldn’t have been more captivating.
The name Falanghina derives from the Latin word “falanga”, a wooden pole, in reference to the manner of cultivation as it known was to the ancients who used wooden poles to train and support the vines.