Nature is Always in Command

"Nature is always in Command." Michele Braganti, Monteraponi I get chills when I hear Michele speak about his vineyards.  He has such a uniquely focused vision about what his land can do, how he will allow h...

Ci vuole una Birra in Barolo.

Ci vuole una birra. Sometimes, even in Barolo, you need a cold beer. We were road-weary and a little bedraggled from winery tours and many kilometers of Piemontese highway, dragging our bags across her cobble...

On Context, Art and Sagrantino.

"Wine is bottled poetry." I have always loved this R.L. Stevenson quote, because it so perfectly sums up the root of our fascination with wine.  Every bottle has something to say- in essence each vintage is the...

Discovering San Fereolo

The Journey to San Fereolo It's hard to know where to start.  Remembering this afternoon at San Fereolo is like trying to recall a hazily pleasant dream...   San Fereolo is a secret villa tucked next ...

Planeta: Terroir is everything.

Planeta: For each Terroir, its own winery. Terroir is the heart and soul of an agricultural product.  After all, wine is only fermented grapes- a product of farming in its most pure and basic form.  All those t...