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Mucci Imports Unearths Lesser Known Italian Wines

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Mucci Imports, owned by Nick Mucci, is a Boston based Italian wine importer specializing in unique Italian varietals from producers he has hand picked throughout his travels from living in Italy and developing special relationships with the winemakers. Mucci started the company in 2013, towards the end of the summer. When I first met him, he was introducing his wines to folks at Ball Square Fine Wines in Somerville and I was intrigued by his selections when I saw the announcement. Being an Italian wine blogger, I love the opportunity to try Italian wines, especially those that are unique to ...

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A Family Farm in Tuscany – Fattoria Poggio Alloro’s Sarah Fiorini

Paul Turina and Sarah Fiorini

At a recent wine tasting, I had the privilege to meet Sarah Fiorini from Fattoria Poggio Alloro, who was visiting the United States. Accompanied by Paul Turina of Due Fratelli Imports, we met at one of my favorite wine shops, Lucia’s Bodega in Windham, NH. Paul brought along his family’s wines from the Lake Garda region of Lombardy: A wide range of the area’s indigenous varieties, including a marzemino, which was one of Mozart’s favorite wines. Sarah is the author of the cookbook “A Family Farm in Tuscany,” which not only shares the wonderful traditional recipes that she enjoys cooking, ...

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Sensational Soave Makes a Stop at Brookline’s Ribelle

Soave wine tasting at Ribelle, Brookline.

This month I’m virtually taking you over to the Veneto region of Italy. Over the past month, a new wine friend of mine, Jo-Ann Ross of JRoss Wine, invited me to a “Sensational Soave” Master class held at Ribelle in Brookline, Massachusetts. The class was taught by Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein and Giovanni Ponchia from the Soave Consortium, Consorzio Tutela Soave, in Italy, and it consisted of a blind tasting of ten different soave wines, followed by an introduction and education on this particular area of the Veneto region of Italy. The event topped off with three courses prepared by ...

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A Wine Tour of Boston’s North End

City Wine Tours at Wine Bottega in Boston's North End.

Whether you are a local Bostonian, a New Englander or just someone visiting from another state or country, there is an excellent opportunity to sample some world-class wines while visiting some of the local Boston neighborhoods and local restaurants. City Wine Tours is a company that provides guided tours that explore multiple neighborhoods in Boston including the South End, the North End, Back Bay and the latest edition to their tour list: a sparkling wine tour of Harvard Square in Cambridge. The company provides an opportunity to tour each neighborhood, visit a few local restaurants and wine shops, with great ...

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Weymouth’s Masciarelli Wine Company a Global Powerhouse

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I recently had the pleasure of receiving an invitation and meeting the President and CEO of Masciarelli Wine Company, Roberta Masciarelli-Spagnuolo, and her husband, Joseph, at their grand portfolio tasting at the Boston Harbor Hotel. It was a wonderful presentation of all their wines, but of course I was there to explore their Italian portfolio and to experience what the many wineries of Italy had to offer. They had some great obscure grapes from Puglia, Sardegna and Sicily that I featured on my blog, Vino Travels, along with some of the most highly respected wines in Italy, including Barolo, Barbaresco, ...

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Vino Travels’ Jennifer Martin Joins Bostoniano

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Ciao Bostoniano readers! I’m Jennifer Martin, your new columnist featuring monthly articles on the local wine scene. What better way to introduce myself than to introduce the company that I work for, PSP Imports. First, to brief you on my background, years ago, during the tragic 9/11 attack, I had studied abroad in Italy while I attended Bentley University. At that point in time I had never been overseas and even though I am of Italian heritage and appreciated the culture, I didn’t speak the language or have a love for Italian wine. Here I am thirteen years later where ...

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