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The Perfect Wine for a Perfect Spring

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Spring is upon us and we’re finally out of the winter weather, I think. It is time to transition into the mindset of enjoying the fresh outdoors again if you’ve been bottled up this winter. With the change in seasons comes a change in tastes and of course the wine we enjoy with that cuisine. No more hearty soups, stews and heavier meat-based dishes. We’re now starting to think of fresh vegetables and other lighter fare to go along with it. Maybe for some us there is a shift in wine preferences from the bolder, heartier Italian red wines to ...

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Boston Wine School’s Jonathan Alsop

Jonathan Alsop

Years ago, when I lived closer to Boston and first started off trying to understand the world of wines, I searched for fun ways to learn about wine. One of the ways I chose to begin my wine journey was by attending wine classes and one of the places I selected was the Allston-based Boston Wine School, owned and operated by Jonathan Alsop. Jonathan not only established the Boston Wine School, he is also an author of “The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado. ” My article this month shares with you ...

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A New Year of Italy Uncorked

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Welcome to the 2016 of Italy Uncorked. Boy time flies. A new year and lots to look forward to. Italy Uncorked this year will be featuring more interviews with winemakers, wine shop owners and importers, featured wine events, discussing more wine regions within Italy and the unique wines grown throughout Italy that you may not be aware of. The goal of this column is to help you understand Italian wines better and to acquaint yourself with some of the top wine folks in the Italian wine industry in and around the Boston area. I’m not one for setting New Years’ ...

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The holidays are upon us and it’s a wonderful time of year to spend time with family and loved ones. Lots of parties are taking place everywhere and we’re surrounded by food and holiday beverages. This time of year can bring a lot of questions about what to get someone for a special gift or what to bring to that next party you’ll be attending. Choosing a bottle of wine for yourself or a gift can be quite intimidating when walking into a wine shop that has hundreds of bottles to choose from. In sticking with the theme of Italian ...

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Wine tasting to get into the fall season

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I love the fall for so many reasons. The weather is refreshingly cool, the foliage is eye catching, there are fun activities of apple and pumpkin picking, plus, lots of yummy treats. In addition, this time of year is a perfect time for you to break outside your typical wine selection and explore other wines. Many wine shops in and around your area host Grand Tastings. These events typically will showcase anywhere between 20 and 50 wines from around the world … free of charge! My highlight fall wine tasting was the Kobrand Tour d’Italia hosted at the Legal Sea ...

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Diving into the Wine World of Campania with Filippo de Magistris

Filippo de Magistris with Jennifer Martin

It’s always a pleasure to speak with folks of Italian heritage, but when they come from the same region as your own family — Campania — and even the same province and town, Candida, then it gets very exciting. I recently had the pleasure to meet Filippo de Magistris, one of the restaurant owners of Il Casale in Lexington. The restaurant is located in downtown Lexington on Mass. Ave and it focuses on the cuisine from the region of Campania where de Magistris and his brothers, Dante and Damien, originate from. De Magistris’s father Leon came over from Candida with ...

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Boston’s Top Sommelier Todd Lipman on Italian wines

Todd Lipman winning the Best Sommelier in Boston award.

Voted Boston’s Best Sommelier a number of times — including 2015 — I wanted to interview Todd Lipman, who serves as the Head Sommelier of Bistro du Midi in Boston. After graduating from Boston University, Lipman decided to begin his wine education at BU’s Elizabeth Bishop Wine Studies program where he fell in love with the beverage business and knew this was where he belonged. He’s now a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and continues his education currently listed as an Advanced Sommelier candidate through the same program. Even though Bistro du Midi is focused on French ...

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Diving into the world of Italian wines with Ciro Pirone

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This month I interviewed local Italian wine expert, Ciro Pirone. I met Pirone when I recently took the Italian Wine Specialist certification course through the North American Sommelier Association. He happened to be the coordinator of the course, and I immediately gravitate to folks that not only have a love for Italy, but even more so a love and passion for Italian wine. Pirone was born in Campania in his hometown of Salerno, one of the major five cities of the southern Italian region. He graduated from the Istituto Alberghiero di Salerno in 1994, when he was 18 years old, ...

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The All-Italian Wine Experience of David Maione’s Vino Italiano in Waltham

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The joy of writing this column is being able to present you the world of Italian wines in and around the Boston area. This month, I met with someone living out one of my dreams: owning and operating not only a wine shop, but an Italian wine shop. It doesn’t get any better than that when you have a passion for Italian wine like I do. With David Maione, owner of Vino Italiano located on Main Street in Waltham, we discussed what got him into the business and peaked his interest and love in Italian wines. Maione’s family originates from ...

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Al Fulchino of Fulchino Vineyards

Jennifer Martin with Al Fulchino of Fulchino Vineyard

This past month the Meetup Group called “Passion for Everything Italian” that I host visited Fulchino Vineyards, a local winery of Italian origin. Located in Hollis, New Hampshire (about one hour from Boston), the winery is situated in a residential neighborhood. As you venture off the highway, you’d never think there is a winery situated there, but that’s part of what makes it special. To be able to drive to a local winery and sample the fruits of the land that we live on is pretty amazing. We’re so used to drinking wines from around the world, especially Europe and ...

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Cristina Mariani May: Carrying on the Banfi Legacy

Cristina Mariani May

The Banfi name is well-known when it comes to Tuscan wine. I recently had the honor to attend a seminar and tasting with Castello di Banfi owner and Banfi Vintners co-CEO, Cristina Mariani May, at an event held at Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington, Massachusetts. Mariani May is the third generation of the Banfi family to run the business. I was surprised when she first started speaking. There was no trace of an Italian accent. Later, I’d find out Cristina currently resides in Long Island, but travels back and forth to Italy. The Banfi brand was established in the 19th century ...

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Valpolicella: The Land of Amarone Wine

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After coming out of this crazy winter that we experienced I figured everyone has cabin fever and if you haven’t been able to travel somewhere yet, why not escape with our minds. What better place than to Italy? You can join me virtually on my recent trip to the wonderful city of Verona, in Italy’s northeastern region Veneto. I was invited by the Consortium of Valpolicella to explore the wine region and take part in the Anteprima Amarone event, which featured the release of the 2011 vintage of Amarone. I have lots more to share on my site Vino Travels, ...

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