Author: Carolyn Abney

May 17, 2007

Release of abuse suspects causes uproar

The six people who were arrested last month for having allegedly abused several young children at the Olga Rovere nursery school in Rignano Flaminio, near Rome, have been released from prison. According to investigators, the accused forced numerous preschool children to take part in sexual acts with satanic overtones while
April 5, 2007

In need of attention

It must be hard to be an excellent red wine but get virtually ignored because your ‘big brothers’ are so well known. This is the dilemma faced by the Barbera, Dolcetto, and Roero wines of the Piedmont region that are so overshadowed by the Barolo and Barbaresco wines
January 25, 2007
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Big surprises grow in small regions

Exclusive. Unique. Remarkable. Special: All words most of us adore. For some, these adjectives describe precious gems or fine furs. In Italy, they may refer to the wines of the Valle d’Aosta region. Why? Because some 90 percent of the wine produced in the region never leaves its
December 14, 2006

More take-offs in Tuscany

Starting Dec. 7, jet-setters can take advantage of two new European destinations departing from Florences Peretola Airport, offered by the Sardinian airline Meridiana. The new Airbus flights leaving Florence are directed to the beautiful eastern European cities of Prague and Budapest. Meridiana is also said to be launching two

Deck the halls with fine vines

The Italian wine community is especially proud this year. The tasting panel at Wine Spectator, one of America’s top sources of information, sampled 13,500 wines from around the world in efforts to select this year’s ‘Top 100.’  Not only did Tuscan wines
September 21, 2006
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL

Sour grapes

It just doesn’t sound like a great idea: promoting wines made with the native negroamaro grape (also spelled neroamaro and neramaro, which means ‘black and bitter’), and with the primitivo grape, which has nothing to do with being primitive (it’s related instead to the
September 8, 2006

Where wine is pleasure

Be familiar with these italian wine indications:   VDT (Vino da tavola).  Just what it sounds like – a simple table wine.  The label can’t have a vintage year nor name the grape used to produce it.   IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica). The label will have
July 27, 2006

Mel Gibson goes Medici

Mel Gibson will direct a film on Lorenzo de Medici, aka The Magnificent, according to the web portal Cinemotore. The film, expected to be the most costly in Hollywood historywith a projected budget of over 20 million dollarswill be filmed entirely in Italy, including Florence and nearby areas, and could
May 18, 2006
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WWW means ‘wonderful weekend of wine’

The current popularity of ‘enogastronomy’- wine and food related tourism – may seem new but Italian wines have been drawing visitors since the Greeks overran the Etruscans. However, unlike food, wine in Italy in the last 35 years has changed dramatically. Around that time, Italians began to realize
April 20, 2006

Viva Vinitaly!

It’s a wine lover’s Disney World where nearly all the ‘rides’ are free. The 40th edition of Vinitaly has just concluded in Verona, and some 4,200 companies involved in the world of wine were present. Until you have been there, it’s