italian Wine, tour and travel Resources

 

Better Tasting Wine
This website presents some basic as well as interesting and informative information designed to turn the reader into an “instant wine pro.” While there is no substitute for lots of practice actually tasting and drinking wine some background on wine varieties, pairing wines with food and wine tasting basics is also necessary and always helpful.

Consorzio Turistico Langhe Monferrato Roero
This site has about everything you need to know about wines, wine tours, lodging, food and travel in the lower areas of the Piedmont region where the vineyard landscapes were recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Delicious Italy  
Delicious Italy s.r.l. is a Rome-based company that provides travel-related information supplied by regional tourism organizations, hospitality providers  and travel operators in Italy. The site provides a guide, albeit limited in scope, to the food, wine and culture of Italy.

Florence Wine Tasting
Florence Wine Tasting offers you the opportunity to taste great Italian wines in a typical enoteca (wine bar) accompanied by traditional Tuscan appetizers such as cheeses, simple plates and olive oil.

Gambero Rosso 
The English language version of Gambero Rosso's website is a work in progress. Nonetheless, it is still a good source of information on the activities of Gambero Rosso, the arbiter of good taste in Italian food and drink, its reviews of wines and restaurants, the Italian wine scene in general and its extensive list of publications.

Gambero Rosso's facebook page 
This is the English language version of Gambero Rosso's Facebook page. The postings are as much about food and other pleasures of the Italian life style as it is about wine but it still presents a good overview of what's happening currently in the Italian wine and dine scene.

The History of Wine
This site provides a brief but interesting take on the history of wine from the very earliest time through its use and enjoyment by the Greeks and Romans up to the discovery of Champagne. The site presents an interesting fable regarding the accidental discovery of wine.

Italian Cultural Institute – Washington, D.C.
The Italian Cultural Institute (ICI)is an official branch of the Italian government dedicated to the promotion of Italian language and culture in the United States. This site lists events with an Italian theme in the Washington D.C. area, most of which are organized by the ICI, in addition to major cultural events in Italy.

ItalianWineTours.com
Providing wine tours in Italy including Tuscany, Apulia, Veneto, Friuli, Sicily, Liguria, and Piedmont. Private, customized tours as well as open tours are available. The group offers an array of tour options including walking, biking, gourmet food, winery and opera tours, amoung others.

Italian Trade Commission
The Italian Institute for Foreign Trade, also known as the Italian Trade Commission, is a government agency that helps promote Italian products in the world markets. It is a strong promoter of Italian wines and has a handy and easily navigable review of Italian wines. This includes convenient information about the formal wine classificiation system as well as Italy’s wine regions, varietals, producers and wine history.The website also has a fairly complete wine search database for information on virtually any Italian wine – no small feat given Italy’s bountiful wine supply.

LaRosaWorks Tours of Sicily
La RosaWorks is a boutique company that specializes in tours to Sicily. The owner, Karen La Rosa, hosts fun and interesting tours that immerse travelers in the culture, wine, food, and traditions of Sicily. Guided wine tastings and winery visits are always part of La RosaWorks tours. Check out her website for details about tour offerings.

Made In Italy on line   
This site is designed to provide information and facilitate shopping for Italian fashion, food, wine and travel. Follow the wine link for information on Italian wines by region and producers.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine 
The Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s website is easy to navigate and informative for not only Italian wines but wines from around the world. Click on the archives tab to search their archives for articles and notes on specific wines and producers.

Wine-Searcher
Wine-Searcher is a website I have found extremely useful for tracking down prices and availability of specific wines produced anywhere in the world. Suppose you had a great wine at a restaurant one evening and want to check on its retail price and availability. All you do is enter the name of the wine in the search box at the Wine-Searcher website and the search engine instantly returns dozens, if not hundreds, of retailers carrying that wine ranked by prices. And you can distill the search results to your specific interests. For example, if you want a specific vintage you can get availability and prices for only that specific vintage. You can also specify if you want retailers nationwide, by state or just in your local area. The basic service is free or you can sign-up for the “Premier” version which has some additional bells and whistles. Either way, it is the “go-to” site for anybody with any level of interest in wines.

 

©Richard Marcis
Updated November 2, 2016

 

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