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Italy

Wine Tasting in Barolo and Barbaresco — VinConnect Customer Trip 2016

By | Blog, Customer Trips, Italy, Piedmont | One Comment

As you may know, about once a year I invite several of VinConnect’s customers to join me on one of my wine tasting trips. This year the location was Italy’s great Piedmont region, home to the famous wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. I’ve described our agenda in great detail below, highlighting the top wine(s) for me from each tasting. Enjoy!…

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What You Must Know When Planning Winery Visits in Europe

By | Blog, Bordeaux, Burgundy/Chablis, Customer Trips, France, Germany, Italy, Partner Wineries, Piedmont, Rhone Valley, Spain, Tuscany | No Comments

Visiting wineries in Europe can be a very different experience from visiting them in the U.S., for a variety of reasons. Largely these reasons all relate to the fact that wineries in Europe are more generally agricultural operations, not tourist attractions — the are typically small, family run operations, and few if any have the kind of public “tasting rooms”…

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VinConnect Customer Tour to Tuscany — June 2015

By | Blog, Customer Trips, Italy, Partner Wineries, Tuscany | One Comment

Earlier this month we launched another VinConnect Customer Tour, this time to visit the region of Tuscany. I was accompanied by some of VinConnect’s customers, who joined me for tours and tastings at our winery partners, some wonderful meals and visits to many beautiful places. We were able to taste wines across several recent vintages, from 2010 Brunellos in bottle to…

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VinConnect Customer Trip to Barolo and Barbaresco

By | Blog, Customer Trips, Italy, Partner Wineries, Piedmont | No Comments
Travel Day: Sunday-Monday This year's VinConnect Customer Trip began for me in Washington, DC on Sunday afternoon, November 16th. Once I arrived at Dulles, I decided to indulge myself at the VinoVolo (website) outpost there to help set the mood while awaiting departure.  I really enjoy those VinoVolo locations that seem to be popping up more and more -- they have interesting,...
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25 Years of Il Caberlot — A Spectacular Vertical Tasting

By | Blog, Italy, Partner Wineries, Tuscany | No Comments

I must preface by admitting that I am enchanted by all things Il Carnasciale.  For me, the winery, its proprietors, collaborators and the wine itself embody what wine should be – meticulously crafted by passionate, dedicated people in respect of nature and the territory, with a constant eye to innovation and extraordinary quality.  I could sing many the praises of…

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Visiting Vinitaly — Insider Info and Tips

By | Blog, Italy, Partner Wineries, Piedmont, Tuscany, Uncategorized | One Comment

Vinitaly — the event held each March that (pretty much) everybody in the Italian wine business has visited…at least once.  It’s overwhelming, chaotic, impossible to park, and even more impossible to find a clean bathroom, but all in all, worth it.  It’s a chance for trade and the common wine lover to visit Italy’s most famous (as well as lesser-known)…

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