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  • Texas BBQ and Italian wine tasting and seminar, February 25 in Houston By Do Bianchi   -   Jan 23, 2019

    TEXAS BBQ AND ITALIAN WINE TASTING AND SEMINAR, FEBRUARY 25 IN HOUSTON

    In a time before Frankin Barbecue in Austin and Killen's Barbecue in Houston, smoked meats were simply part of the everybody-everyday...

    Austin, Meat, Houston, Wine, Italian, de arte copulandi vinorum, de rebus familiaribus, de rebus texanis, de vino
  • Beppe Colla, soft-spoken hero of Piedmont viticulture, is dead at 88 By Do Bianchi   -   Jan 17, 2019

    BEPPE COLLA, SOFT-SPOKEN HERO OF PIEDMONT VITICULTURE, IS DEAD AT 88

    Anyone who's ever been to visit the historic Poderi Colla estate in Piedmont's Langhe Hills will tell you the same story. As we were...

    Soft, Italian, Wine, de vino
  • The priest the Mafia killed: the story of Padre Pino Puglisi, fictionalized by one of his students in a novel I translated By Do Bianchi   -   Jan 14, 2019

    THE PRIEST THE MAFIA KILLED: THE STORY OF PADRE PINO PUGLISI, FICTIONALIZED BY ONE OF HIS STUDENTS IN A NOVEL I TRANSLATED

    It was just a year after the world had collectively gasped at the Mafia's brutal 1992 car bomb killings of magistrates Giovanni Falcone...

    Italian, Contemporary, de rebus italicis
  • “Recognition: North and South.” Please help us raise just a little more money to post our MLK billboard over the Confederate memorial in Tracie's hometown By Do Bianchi   -   Jan 11, 2019

    “RECOGNITION: NORTH AND SOUTH.” PLEASE HELP US RAISE JUST A LITTLE MORE MONEY TO POST OUR MLK BILLBOARD OVER THE CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL IN TRACIE'S HOMETOWN

    After we posted our GoFundMe to raise an MLK billboard over the newly erected Confederate memorial in Orange, Texas where Tracie grew...

    Orange, American, de vino
  • My new obsession: Roberto Girelli's Montonale Lugana By Do Bianchi   -   Jan 10, 2019

    MY NEW OBSESSION: ROBERTO GIRELLI'S MONTONALE LUGANA

    To be totally honest, Roberto Girelli's extraordinary white wines had not come to my attention until Decanter called his 2015 single-vineyard...

    Wine, de vino
  • Best Sommelier in Houston Competition Feb. 24-25: applications now being accepted By Do Bianchi   -   Jan 8, 2019

    BEST SOMMELIER IN HOUSTON COMPETITION FEB. 24-25: APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

    For more than four years, I've been working as a media consultant for the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas (recently ranked...

    Houston, Wine, Italian, de vino
  • Stand up to racism: please donate to our GoFundMe to display an MLK billboard over Confederate Memorial By Do Bianchi   -   Jan 4, 2019

    STAND UP TO RACISM: PLEASE DONATE TO OUR GOFUNDME TO DISPLAY AN MLK BILLBOARD OVER CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL

    Tracie and I are raising money to buy one (1) month of advertising on a billboard that stands across the road from the newly erected...

    Orange, American, de rebus familiaribus
  • “I wanted them to be an Italian band”: Alejandro Escovedo on his new album and recording in Italy By Do Bianchi   -   Jan 3, 2019

    “I WANTED THEM TO BE AN ITALIAN BAND”: ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO ON HIS NEW ALBUM AND RECORDING IN ITALY

    Alejandro Escovedo is one of America's most iconic songwriters and performers. His new album, “The Crossing,” was recorded in Emilia-Romagna...

    Restaurant, American, Houston, Italian, de vino
  • 5 trends to watch in Italian wine in 2019 By Do Bianchi   -   Dec 31, 2018

    5 TRENDS TO WATCH IN ITALIAN WINE IN 2019

    Happy new year, everyone! Here are some of the trends in Italian wine that I'll be following in 2019. It's incredible to think that...

    Wine, Grapes, Italian, New York, de vino
  • Will the “Prosecco Hills” be Italy's next UNESCO heritage site? A chat with Villa Sandi's Giancarlo Moretti Polegato By Do Bianchi   -   Dec 28, 2018

    WILL THE “PROSECCO HILLS” BE ITALY'S NEXT UNESCO HERITAGE SITE? A CHAT WITH VILLA SANDI'S GIANCARLO MORETTI POLEGATO

    In early December, I had the remarkable opportunity to sit down with Giancarlo Moretti Polegato , CEO and legacy owner of his family's...

    Grapes, de vino
  • Two old vine Proseccos that I really loved from Drusian and Ruggeri By Do Bianchi   -   Dec 26, 2018

    TWO OLD VINE PROSECCOS THAT I REALLY LOVED FROM DRUSIAN AND RUGGERI

    A trip to the land of Prosecco in early December was an opportunity to taste at a couple of my favorite houses. Over the last 10 years...

    Fruit, Italian, Wine, de vino
  • By Do Bianchi   -   Dec 21, 2018

    MERRY CHRISTMAS 2018! PARZEN FAMILY CHRISTMAS CARD/VIDEO

    Happy holidays, everyone! Merry Christmas! Love, the Parzen family

    de vino
  • Best Christmas wine gift: Produttori del Barbaresco By Do Bianchi   -   Dec 21, 2018

    BEST CHRISTMAS WINE GIFT: PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO

    One of the biggest thrills of my year in wine was my first taste of the newly released 2015 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco with...

    Italian, Wine, de vino
  • A “Capitalist's guide” to wine gifts and my bromance Giovanni in the news By Do Bianchi   -   Dec 19, 2018

    A “CAPITALIST'S GUIDE” TO WINE GIFTS AND MY BROMANCE GIOVANNI IN THE NEWS

    Above, from left: Nico Danesi and Giovanni Arcari are among my best friends in the world and they produce one of my favorite expressions...

    Wine, de vino
  • EU DECISION ON COPPER: As EU drastically restricts allowable copper, organic grape growers run out of options By Do Bianchi   -   Dec 19, 2018

    EU DECISION ON COPPER: AS EU DRASTICALLY RESTRICTS ALLOWABLE COPPER, ORGANIC GRAPE GROWERS RUN OUT OF OPTIONS

    Last week the European Union drastically reduced the amount of copper that grape farmers can use each year in their vineyards. Through...

    Grapes, de cupro, de vino
  • One of the best meals I had in Italy this year was at Caminetto d'Ora in Bologna. Francesca Gori is a sommelier to watch! By Do Bianchi   -   Dec 17, 2018

    ONE OF THE BEST MEALS I HAD IN ITALY THIS YEAR WAS AT CAMINETTO D'ORA IN BOLOGNA. FRANCESCA GORI IS A SOMMELIER TO WATCH!

    Whenever people ask for recommendations on where to eat in Bologna, my answer is always the same: there's great food in Bologna but...

    Meal, Dinner, de vino
  • Cascina Baricchi Barbaresco 2001: man, what a wine! By Do Bianchi   -   Dec 13, 2018

    CASCINA BARICCHI BARBARESCO 2001: MAN, WHAT A WINE!

    From the department of “inner light”... The mosaic of Italian wine is never-ending. Just when you think you've wrapped your mind around...

    Wine, Italian, de vino
  • Happy birthday sweet sweet Georgia! You are 7 years old! By Do Bianchi   -   Dec 12, 2018

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET SWEET GEORGIA! YOU ARE 7 YEARS OLD!

    Happy birthday sweet, sweet Georgia! You are seven years old today! Last night, before we put you and your sister to bed, mommy and...

    de vino
  • Enough Champagne, green turtle, and truffles to go around: origins of the Champagne socialist By Do Bianchi   -   Dec 12, 2018

    ENOUGH CHAMPAGNE, GREEN TURTLE, AND TRUFFLES TO GO AROUND: ORIGINS OF THE CHAMPAGNE SOCIALIST

    My research on the origins of the expression “Champagne socialist” led me this week to the man above, George Cary Eggleston , a Confederate...

    Truffles, Champagne, Beer, de vino
  • Houston sommelier passes MS exam ; Ian D'Agata and Jeff Porter in Houston tomorrow and Wednesday; wine and music this Sunday at Houston's 13 Celsius By Do Bianchi   -   Dec 11, 2018

    HOUSTON SOMMELIER PASSES MS EXAM ; IAN D'AGATA AND JEFF PORTER IN HOUSTON TOMORROW AND WEDNESDAY; WINE AND MUSIC THIS SUNDAY AT HOUSTON'S 13 CELSIUS

    Beloved Houston sommelier Steven McDonald became a Master Sommelier for the second time last week. That's Steven , wine director for...

    Houston, Wine, St. Louis, de vino