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Bertani Winery
VinoTripping Blog

Bertani Winery – sipping velvet rubies

“I wasn’t quite paying attention to the brilliant, ruby red wine I was being poured. I took a sip… I was stopped in my tracks.” September 2022 at the wine media conference in Desenzano del Garda, Italy, we were being served lunch at the hotel. Typically a winery or group of wineries will sponsor the lunch and they are each …

Perla del Garda
VinoTripping Blog

Move over Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay, here comes Lugana!

I have served Lugana Wines at tastings in the United States to friends and clients. Every single time the tasters respond with surprise, delight and a “where can I get this”? I am in love with Lugana wines. They are beautiful white wines, pale straw yellow, with a delicate bouquet – a blend of floral, fresh fruit and almond notes. …

Frecciarossa Oltrepo Pavese
VinoTripping Blog

Emerging Regions – Oltrepo Pavese Italy

In search of an emerging wine region? Love good food, and exciting regions shaping the quality of fine wine, food and travel?  Look no further than Oltrepo Pavese, Italy. Oltrepo Pavese is a region 45 minutes outside of Milan, sandwiched between Piedmont and Emilia Romagna. Both of those regions are known for specific wines throughout the world and for a …

Moscato di Scanzo
italy vinotripping, Lombardy, Valcalepia, VinoTripping Blog

VinoTripping to Lombardy, Italy – Emerging Regions, Great QPR – Valcalepio

Traveling to Italy to vinotrip has been one of my dreams. I expected to visit the more well-known regions of Piedmont or Tuscany for my first wine tasting trip to Italy, but Lombardy was calling. I had heard of Franciacorta for sparkling wines, Valtellina for it’s Nebbiolo and Oltrepo for its Pinot Noir, but I had no idea how absolutely …

Lombardy, Italy
VinoTripping Blog

Wine Tripping to Northern Italy

My favorite annual wine conference is finally here! And this year it is in Northern Italy!!! There are over 350 different varietals in Italy over 20 growing areas Lake Garda is the home to many incredible wines Tuscany is NOT the only fine wine region in Italy Italian wine making is 4000 years old I will be tasting/sharing about many …

VINO! Card Game
VinoTripping Blog

VINO!™ The Most Versatile Wine Tasting Card Game on the Market – fun and educational

There are many fun ways to use the VINO! card deck. Check out the versions detailed below. Solitaire:  1 player: Remove the Somm cards and bonus cards from the deck, leaving only the picture cards (119). Place the card deck face down. Take a bottle of wine, put it in a blind tasting bag and try not to look at the …

Bonarda from Argentina
Contributing Writers, Wine Reviews

Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda Classica 2019 – organic

by Marla Kane Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda Classica 2019 from Mendoza, Argentina is made with organic grapes, no oak, and costs about  $10 a bottle.  That’s what I call a trifecta!  Even better, the aroma of olives enticed me when I stole a sniff while it was decanting.  Being olive-obsessed, I was drawn immediately.   This bonarda is an inky dark plum color with a maroon …