Italian Wine Pairings

by Keith Wallace

Northern Italy Wine PairingsItaly is the country of multiplicity and it’s hard to make generalizations. This is especially true when considering the food & wine pairings of  the northern regions. From the borders by the Alps to the northern coastal areas on Ligurian and Adriatic seas, indeed, elevation, climate and landscapes can change radically, and can therefore determine a wide variety of different products.By and large, we can identify four iconic kinds of wine from Northern Italy.From west to east, with some interesting deviation, they are: Full bodied, long-living red wines  Charmat-Martinotti method sparkling wine Mineral and elegant white winesPiedmont red…

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Italian Wine Pairings

by Alana Zerbe

Northern Italy Wine PairingsItaly is the country of multiplicity and it’s hard to make generalizations. This is especially true when considering the food & wine pairings of  the northern regions. From the borders by the Alps to the northern coastal areas on Ligurian and Adriatic seas, indeed, elevation, climate and landscapes can change radically, and can therefore determine a wide variety of different products.By and large, we can identify four iconic kinds of wine from Northern Italy.From west to east, with some interesting deviation, they are: Full bodied, long-living red wines  Charmat-Martinotti method sparkling wine Mineral and elegant white winesPiedmont red…

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Wine is Elemental: Meeting Kerith Overstreet of Bruliam Wines

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

From MD to BU… that is the path of Kerith Overstreet, owner winemaker of Bruliam Wines.All delicious bottles from this California producer displays the Bruliam Wines logo, a riff on the Periodic Table of Elements. The center of the logo bears “Bu”, an amalgam of Kerith’s three children, and a nod to her past career in medical science as an MD. Their motto: “Wine is elemental”.We met Kerith Overstreet during her trip to New York last week and learned of her path from medicine to wine, while tasting one of the most elegant Sonoma Pinot Noir’s we’ve experienced. Kerith, a…

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Emmolo Wines: A Tale of Two Women

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

They got the saying wrong. Behind every good woman is another good woman. Today’s story of Emmolo Wines is really a tale of two women: Cheryl Emmolo and her daughter Jenny Wagner. One can only wonder if Cheryl, when launching Emmolo Wines in 1994, imagined that roughly twenty years later she’d hand the reins over to her daughter. Now, Jenny's winemaking expresses her individuality while continuing her mother’s work.Jenny’s wine roots start long before mom Cheryl. Her great-grandfather Salvatore Emmolo immigrated from Italy to the Napa Valley and founded a grapevine rootstock nursery in 1923. The nursery became a leading…

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Elisabetta Geppetti: Go-Getter Girls & Grapes

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

It’s time to start previewing the tasting wines for the upcoming Go-Getter Girls & Grapes on May 17th! Go-Getter Girls & Grapes is a women's professional networking and wine tasting evening, featuring global wines made by female winemakers and owners. Tickets are $15 and are still available for the next event at http://www.elizabethmillerwine.com/gogettergirlsgrapes.Wine #1 is from the Lady of Morellino herself: Fattoria Le Pupille Morellino di Scansano Reserva DOCG 2012. Who is The Lady of Morellino? Elisabetta Geppetti, owner and head of Fattoria Le Pupille in Tuscany for almost three decades. Elisabetta’s entrepreneurial ability and tenaciousness has made her estate…

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Greg Gove: Winemaker and Consummate Scientist

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

Listening to Greg Gove’s life in wine is like driving down the North Fork Wine Trail. We met for breakfast on a very rainy morning at the charming Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck. I was excited to meet this veteran North Fork winemaker, whose new label Race Wines had been selling so well at Vintology. The conversation led us from winery to winery, and into the real science of making wine on Long Island.“19 grams of sugar gets you a sparkling wine. 35 grams of sugar gets you a court date,” said Mr. Gove, humorously discussing a new sparkling wine…

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Valentina Buoso: Go-Getter Girls & Grapes

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

Bravery is not absent in Valentina Buoso. When she took over as winemaker at Pascal Jolivet in the Loire Valley in 2013, she was filling the shoes of a predecessor with 22 years at the renowned domaine. Her 2015 Sancerre Rosé, which we’ll taste at the upcoming Go-Getter Girls & Grapes, is proof that she’s not only filled those shoes, but she’s running in them.Ms. Buoso and I recently discussed her winemaking background in a transatlantic email conversation. She grew up in northeastern Italy, in a small village between Venice and Verona. Though she was surrounded by wine production, in…

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Richard Olsen-Harbich: Author of AVAs

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

Sometimes industry makes the man, sometimes the man makes the industry. Every now and again, the man and the industry grow together. Such is the case for Richard Olsen-Harbich, veteran winemaker and author of AVAs, whose career has established and refined the Long Island wine region. I recently met with Olsen-Harbich in his winery office at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue to discuss the story of Long Island wine.A Big Red StartOlsen-Harbich’s resume spans some of Long Islands most famous wineries and wineries long since closed. Before that first bottle, however, he was an agronomy student at The College of Agriculture…

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