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Unforgettable Food and Wine at Castello delle Regine

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Umbria hills

I’m in the beautiful region of Umbria in Italy preparing for the first Umbria for #winelovers event that will take place in the next few days in Terni. It’s a great opportunity to discover the local food and wine culture of one of the most exciting Italian wine regions.

Today I had the opportunity to visit Castello delle Regine, a local winery making good to excellent Umbrian wines. All proven by the very good (and consistent) level of quality at the 2 comprehensive 2001 to 2006 vertical tastings of the 100% Sangiovese and the 100% Merlot. My favorite vintages were the 2001, 2002 and 2004 for the Sangiovese and the 2001 and 2005 for the Merlot. All showing great potential for a good pairing with food.

To test this we headed to the winery’s own Restaurant Podernovo for lunch. A meal with lots of different dishes (see below) where all the meat which came from the winery’s cow farm. Simply delicious ingredients and fantastic wine lunch that has again confirmed how amazing Italy can be when it comes to fantastic food and wine experiences.

Ristorante Podernovo


Ristorante Podernovo


Vertical Tasting at Castello delle Regine

Castello delle Regine Owner Paolo Nodari

Ristorante Podernovo








Cows at Castello delle Regine

Cows at Castello delle Regine

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February 13, 2013 at 0:54

Pantelleria: An Island With A Delicious Treasure

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In September I visited Donnafugata in Sicily. Included in the two-day visit was a trip to Pantelleria, a satellite island of Sicily where Donnafugata makes one of its most precious treasures, a sweet Passito di Pantelleria. This treasure is the result of a strong local culture that is imposed by the challenges of the extremely difficult growing (and living) conditions of Pantelleria.

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October 8, 2012 at 11:03

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I’m participating in this year’s Born Digital Wine Awards more specifically in the Best Wine Photo Essay category. I’m posting my entry here too so you can all enjoy it.

Like people, wine finds its origins on a specific place. Influenced by the geography, the geology and the climate of the place where it is born. Forever marked with the uniqueness of its birthplace. The start of a great journey.

Lodi, United States

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January 31, 2012 at 22:32

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EWBC 2011: A great experience in friendship!

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I’m back from Italy and from an amazing week full of exciting people, great conversations, great places and great wine & food.

EWBC was again marked by a truly great experience of meeting old friends and making new ones.

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” – Anais Nin

Now I’ll let my photos tell the story of the trip to Italy:

The nice Romano di Lombardia train station where I was kicked out of the train from Milan to Brescia for not validating the ticket and for not wanting to pay the proposed bribe. It seems funny now.

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October 20, 2011 at 12:59

Heading to Franciacorta for the EWBC 2011!

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Next week I’ll be heading to Italy to attend the European Wine Bloggers Conference 2011.

EWBC has been consistently one of the best wine events of the year (thanks Gabriella, Ryan & Robert). It’ll once again be a great opportunity to talk to old wine friends, meet other online wine entrepreneurs and taste some great wines with other wine geeks from all over the world.

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October 11, 2011 at 10:55

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Heading to Italy for TerroirVino

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I’ll be spending the next few days in Italy, more precisely in Milan and Genoa. After 3 days discovering Milan I’ll head to Genoa to attend TerroirVino 2011 and its side activities including the Vinix Unplugged Unconference, where I’ll be talking about the AVIN.

It will be a pleasure to spend some time with my friend and fellow wine entrepreneur Filippo Ronco. Filippo is the very active founder of (one of the top wine and food online resources in Italy) and Vinix (a wine a food social network) and he created TerroirVino as a way to get wine, people and the web together on one same event in Italy.

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June 9, 2011 at 10:00

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