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Imagining the Impossible in Wine and Life

Looking out at the Monte Amiata and the Val D’Orcia at dawn in Tuscany, it feels impossible to imagine that in the 1940s this was a scene of bloodshed and war. I was starting to write about the Val D’Orcia for this week’s post, but that will be next week. Right now, it’s hard not […]


Stella di Campalto: Soul, Soil and Biodynamic Brunello

Stella di Campalto is a steel magnolia possessing both charm and grit. Her soft-spoken elegance belies the determination and vision she needed to found an organic winery in 1995 and run it by herself without experience or training. For the first three years, still in her twenties, she lived with her two girls, three and […]


Bubblicious Natural Italian Wine for New Year’s Eve

I was already thinking bubbles two months ago at Vini Dei Vignaioli, Italy’s oldest natural wine fair. And now that it’s almost time to ring in the New Year, here are some old favorites and new sparklers that I found there. (To learn more: “Where do the Bubbles Come From?”) Case Coste Piano Prosecco Frizzante […]