Next Generation @Michele SattaMichele Satta and his son inspect the vines a few days before pruning.

I think this has been the longest break I have taken from writing this blog since I started it a few years ago.  I’ve been busy with my new job, I’ve been working with all kinds of fun winemakers and colleagues, and I’ve generally just been trying to keep up with the huge learning curve that come with changing jobs and companies.

I’m also getting ready to go back to Italy tomorrow…

CantinaThere is a kind of bubbling excitement I feel when reality sets in and I realize that in a day or so, I will arrive back in Italia.  Just knowing I will board the plane tomorrow in JFK, and at least half the people on it will be speaking a language I love.  Italian, with all of its dips and pitches, musical intonations and dramatic pauses.  There is a sweet rhythm to this language that recalls the poetic nature of its people.

Italian People, who do crazy-wonderful things like devoting themselves to farming some obscure native grape, just so they can continue to make an esoteric, indigenous wine.Carla e Billy

This Italian Wine Business really isn’t a business at all- it’s a passionate cause for everyone involved.  What a beautiful collective, full of inspiring writers like Jeremy Parzen, Michael Housewright and Alfonso Cevola.  An impressive collective of staunchly devoted winemakers like Michele Satta, Aldo Vacca and Teobaldo Rivella.

What a community. These are the people who remember the past for Italy- they are the people who are creating her future.


As always, I am overwhelmed with the emotion of returning home. Italia.

I just can’t quit you, Baby.


About The Author

I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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9 Responses

  1. Pamela

    Hello Joanie,
    congrats for coming back to the “bel Paese”. I suppose you have a busy schedule but should you go pass the Adriatic highway towards the south, you might want to visit our winery Le Senate. It’s just a couple a kms from Pedaso exit. It would be a pleasure for us to introduce our two red wines and show you how beautiful the scenario is from the vineyards.

      • Pamela

        Grazie Joanie,
        complimenti per l’italiano, allora uso la mia lingua madre :-).
        Non saremo presenti in fiera con uno stand ma abbiamo preso appuntamenti al Vinitaly.
        Se ti fa piacere posso darti il cellulare in privato, ma comprendo che hai un programma molto impegnativo. Magari possiamo tenerci in contatto per inviarti dei campioni dopo la fiera. Buon lavoro e buon divertimento.
        Ti lascio con un slogan che mi piace molto “Le Marche: Italy’s best kept secret”.

  2. Giuseppe Vaira

    ciao Joanie, un abbraccio grandissimo da tutti noi. A presto! G e tutti i Vajra

  3. The Blissful Adventurer

    Thank you for this huge compliment Joanie. To be mentioned in the same company as Jeremy and Alfonso is a real honor. Your work, your diligence, and above all, your drive to know and experience more every day is what makes your work so fresh. Never hold back and please give my best to everyone on the boot that we know mutually (all of them?)
    Buon lavoro e buon viaggio amica!


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