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  • A new Pelaverga clone finds its way to the U.S By Do Bianchi   -   Sep 24, 2018

    A NEW PELAVERGA CLONE FINDS ITS WAY TO THE U.S

    It was way back in 2006 that then New York Times dining editor Frank Bruni brought a bottle of Pelaverga to Eric Asimov's Thanksgiving...

    Turkey, American, Wine, Grapes, Italian, New York, Meal, de vino
  • “THAT FLAG HAS, in fact, now become synonymous with hate, bigotry, ‘white supremacy' and pro-slavery.” By Do Bianchi   -   Sep 21, 2018

    “THAT FLAG HAS, IN FACT, NOW BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH HATE, BIGOTRY, ‘WHITE SUPREMACY' AND PRO-SLAVERY.”

    Please join our protest of the newly constructed confederate memorial in Orange, Texas tomorrow morning. Two weeks ago, I posted about...

    Orange, de vino
  • In Italy, debate over copper fungicide grows increasingly ugly By Do Bianchi   -   Sep 20, 2018

    IN ITALY, DEBATE OVER COPPER FUNGICIDE GROWS INCREASINGLY UGLY

    As European Union organic grape growers anxiously await a Brussels decision on new and more stringent restrictions on copper fungicide...

    Grapes, Wine, de vino
  • Fragor coeli: prayers for the Carolinas and for everyone in the storm's path hurricane Florence By Do Bianchi   -   Sep 14, 2018

    FRAGOR COELI: PRAYERS FOR THE CAROLINAS AND FOR EVERYONE IN THE STORM'S PATH HURRICANE FLORENCE

    Memories of Hurricane Harvey are still raw here in Houston. Watching the images of Florence as it approaches the Carolina coast, we...

    Italian, Houston, de fragore coeli
  • A California Chardonnay that widened my horizons, a Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo that knocked my socks off, and a not-to-miss tasting in Houston By Do Bianchi   -   Sep 12, 2018

    A CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY THAT WIDENED MY HORIZONS, A CERASUOLO D'ABRUZZO THAT KNOCKED MY SOCKS OFF, AND A NOT-TO-MISS TASTING IN HOUSTON

    More than once, a mea culpa has been published on this blog: I was wrong about California wine . My experience writing and editing...

    Wine, Dinner, Fruit, Trout, Houston, de hustonia, de vino
  • L'shanah tovah, yall! Happy new year and may your year be filled with good health and sweetness! By Do Bianchi   -   Sep 11, 2018

    L'SHANAH TOVAH, YALL! HAPPY NEW YEAR AND MAY YOUR YEAR BE FILLED WITH GOOD HEALTH AND SWEETNESS!

    Happy new year, everyone! Today is the first day of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah . Like every year, Parzen family ate apples...

    Apples, Houston, Dinner, de rebus familiaribus
  • Scenes from a week of Slow Wine California By Do Bianchi   -   Sep 10, 2018

    SCENES FROM A WEEK OF SLOW WINE CALIFORNIA

    Images from a week of tastings and winery visits for the Slow Wine guide to the wines of California 2019. Thanks to everyone for taking...

    Grapes, Wine, de vino
  • A white supremacist sent Tracie's 97-year-old grandmother this letter. Warning : graphic sexual content By Do Bianchi   -   Sep 8, 2018

    A WHITE SUPREMACIST SENT TRACIE'S 97-YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER THIS LETTER. WARNING : GRAPHIC SEXUAL CONTENT

    Above: Granvel Block recently began working again on construction of the new confederate memorial he is building in Orange, Texas where...

    Orange, de vino
  • Gideon Beinstock of Clos Saron, a mensch among growers and winemakers By Do Bianchi   -   Sep 7, 2018

    GIDEON BEINSTOCK OF CLOS SARON, A MENSCH AMONG GROWERS AND WINEMAKERS

    Posting on the fly this morning as I head out to Napa and Sonoma to taste tomorrow and Friday for the Slow Wine guide 2019. But I just...

    Wine, Grapes, de vino
  • Slow Wine California 2019 dispatch: an unforgettable day in the Sierra Foothills AVA By Do Bianchi   -   Sep 5, 2018

    SLOW WINE CALIFORNIA 2019 DISPATCH: AN UNFORGETTABLE DAY IN THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS AVA

    For oenophile couples like us, there are certain wines that feel like family members. La Clarine Farm first came into our lives back...

    Wine, New York, French, Fruit, Lounge, de vino
  • Beppe Rinaldi, iconic Barolo grower and natural wine advocate, has died By Do Bianchi   -   Sep 3, 2018

    BEPPE RINALDI, ICONIC BAROLO GROWER AND NATURAL WINE ADVOCATE, HAS DIED

    Beppe Rinaldi, iconic Barolo grower and outspoken natural wine advocate, has died. According to mainstream media reports , he was 69...

    Wine, de vino
  • Taste with me this fall in Houston (Abruzzo, Piedmont, Oltrepò Pavese, Italian marquee estates, and Alice Feiring) By Do Bianchi   -   Aug 31, 2018

    TASTE WITH ME THIS FALL IN HOUSTON (ABRUZZO, PIEDMONT, OLTREPÒ PAVESE, ITALIAN MARQUEE ESTATES, AND ALICE FEIRING)

    Please come out and taste with me this fall in Houston! Here are the events where I'll either be leading a seminar or presenting the...

    Wine, Italian, Grapes, Houston, de vino
  • In controversial move, Slow Food endorses copper fungicide limits By Do Bianchi   -   Aug 29, 2018

    IN CONTROVERSIAL MOVE, SLOW FOOD ENDORSES COPPER FUNGICIDE LIMITS

    This week, Slow Food published a statement declaring that the association favors newly proposed limits on copper fungicide use. “Slow...

    Grapes, de vino
  • Barriqued Merlot and Cabernet from Italy? I love it when it's from Colli Euganei By Do Bianchi   -   Aug 28, 2018

    BARRIQUED MERLOT AND CABERNET FROM ITALY? I LOVE IT WHEN IT'S FROM COLLI EUGANEI

    Above: the Colli Euganei, the Euganean Hills, where volcanic soils deliver vibrant fruit, earthy undertones, and lithe expressions...

    American, Fruit, Wine, Italian, de vino
  • A year after Hurricane Harvey: Parzen family end of summer letter By Do Bianchi   -   Aug 28, 2018

    A YEAR AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY: PARZEN FAMILY END OF SUMMER LETTER

    Saturday, August 25 marked the first anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. But the impact of the catastrophe is still acutely felt in our...

    Wine, Los Angeles, Houston, New York, de vino
  • Tracie B, will you marry me? 10 years ago, Tracie P and I went out on our first date By Do Bianchi   -   Aug 25, 2018

    TRACIE B, WILL YOU MARRY ME? 10 YEARS AGO, TRACIE P AND I WENT OUT ON OUR FIRST DATE

    As we drove this summer back from California to Texas, Tracie dug deep into her emails to read some of the first message we exchanged. It...

    Wine, Austin, San Diego, de musica, de rebus familiaribus, de vino
  • Sparkling in the north, whites in the south: Italy's 2018 harvest has begun By Do Bianchi   -   Aug 23, 2018

    SPARKLING IN THE NORTH, WHITES IN THE SOUTH: ITALY'S 2018 HARVEST HAS BEGUN

    Dispatches from Italy's 2018 harvest are just beginning to come in. That's a shot from Oltrepò Pavese, snapped earlier this week. They've...

    Wine, de vino
  • A new favorite wine list in Houston at Nobie's and a spectacular Canary Islands wine By Do Bianchi   -   Aug 22, 2018

    A NEW FAVORITE WINE LIST IN HOUSTON AT NOBIE'S AND A SPECTACULAR CANARY ISLANDS WINE

    Travel and work have been so frenzied this year that I entirely missed a wonderful new restaurant and wine program right under my nose...

    Butter, Houston, Bread, Dinner, Restaurant, Appetizer, Oysters, Wine, de cibo, de hustonia, de vino
  • “Your Friend Bread”: notes from Liguria, the spiritual homeland of pesto and focaccia By Do Bianchi   -   Aug 22, 2018

    “YOUR FRIEND BREAD”: NOTES FROM LIGURIA, THE SPIRITUAL HOMELAND OF PESTO AND FOCACCIA

    Over the weekend a pseudo-pesto was prepared and served over bucatini in the Parzen home. The Parzen family pesto recipe is delicious....

    Bread, Potato, Italian, de arte coquinaria, de cibo
  • LEGALIZE IT! Taste Bele Casel Prosecco Col Fondo with me in Houston, Thursday 8/23 at Vinology By Do Bianchi   -   Aug 17, 2018

    LEGALIZE IT! TASTE BELE CASEL PROSECCO COL FONDO WITH ME IN HOUSTON, THURSDAY 8/23 AT VINOLOGY

    For years now, I've been smuggling Bele Casel Prosecco Col Fondo into the state of Texas. (I confess, TABC! You got me, Three-Tier...

    Wine, Italian, Alcohol, American, Austin, Houston, de vino