/Wine & Spirits
17 01, 2020

New Tour Alert: Vineyard Visit to Cantina Ribelà Near Rome

2020-02-23T05:10:59+01:00January 17th, 2020|Categories: Food & Wine, Rome & Lazio, Wine & Spirits|0 Comments

All new for 2020, my friend and colleague Maurizio Di Franco and I are collaborating on a super fun vineyard excursion from Rome to one of our favorite places just outside of town, Cantina Ribelà. Maurizio is a certified sommelier (you may know him from tastings at Vino Roma) and he has been providing food [...]

9 08, 2019

Drink More (Great) Lambrusco

2019-08-09T21:20:09+02:00August 9th, 2019|Categories: Food & Wine, Press & Articles, Travel, Wine & Spirits|4 Comments

Wines (and a big ol' hunk of Parmigiano Reggiano) at Vittorio Graziano's vineyard. Last summer I traveled to Emilia Romagna and southeastern Lombardy to report on Lambrusco for Imbibe Magazine. The wine I drank was made by tiny artisan producers and was nothing like that saccharine sweet mass produced Lambrusco that tarnishes this [...]

23 07, 2019

Where to Eat in Rome in August 2019

2019-07-23T16:46:17+02:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Carbs, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Wine & Spirits|67 Comments

UPDATED FOR 2019: Visiting Rome in August used to mean eating badly or seldom, but things have changed in recent years (sadly due to the mounting economic crisis which no longer permits many businesses to shutter for a month) and now gastronomic-minded visitors need not compromise. Some great restaurants in Rome will be open for [...]

14 09, 2017

Where to Drink Cocktails in Paris

2017-10-03T18:59:12+02:00September 14th, 2017|Categories: Cocktails, Paris, Travel, Wine & Spirits|0 Comments

In May, Imbibe Magazine sent me to Paris to report on the city's cocktail culture. Over the course of five days, I tried nearly 30 bars (I hope to overcome the lingering hangover some day), including institutions like Harry's New York Bar and The Hemingway Bar at The Ritz (neither did anything for me, but [...]

8 12, 2016

Italian Gift Guide For the Holidays…Or Any Time!

2017-02-17T15:14:44+01:00December 8th, 2016|Categories: America, Carbs, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Meat, Wine & Spirits|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

For years, when I visited the States for the holidays (or anytime, really) I would stress the seams of my luggage by overstuffing it with Pecorino Romano, Gragnano pasta, panettoni, horse jerky, whole guanciali. You know, the usual. A run-in with the USDA put an end to my meat deliveries—I still don't have a horse [...]

30 11, 2016

La Punta Serves Mexico-Inspired Food and Drinks in Trastevere

2017-02-17T15:14:45+01:00November 30th, 2016|Categories: Cocktails, Food & Wine, Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio, Wine & Spirits|Tags: |0 Comments

When it opened in mid-September, La Punta Expendio de Agave instantly became my go-to spot for aperitivo. Mind you, the recently inaugurated Mexico-inspired bar and restaurant doesn't serve the type of aperitivo that its neighbors in Trastevere sling to attract budget conscious and flavor neutral patrons (ie, troughs of under-seasoned room temperature carbs with a [...]